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    THE SAME techniques that a highly trained – and determined – Qantas team used to avert what could have become one of the world’s worst aviation disasters, can be used to save your business life.

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    GENERAL MOTORS (GM) has retired what it referred to as ‘the Holden brand’ from sales in Australia and New Zealand. But will the promise of new Chevrolet Corvettes, Camaros and Silverados help pacify distraught car enthusiasts?

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    IS THIS what the future of travel will look like? This fantastical rendering was conceived by famed Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley, affectionately known as the ‘Willy Wonka’ of hotel design. Report from Asia correspondent, Ellen Boonstra. 

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October 16, 2020

Business Growth Fund breakthrough to assist high growth potential SMEs

THE formal establishment of the Australian Business Growth Fund is "excellent news for high growth potential SMEs" according to Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell.

The Australian Business Growth Fund, as recommended in the Ombudsman’s Affordable Capital for SME Growth report, will allow established small and medium…

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  • 15 Oct, 2020

    IPA applauds 'record Budget' but urges long-term reforms to 'kick goals'

    Finance & Investment

    THE Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has commended the Federal Budget's design to 'create jobs and get Australia moving again' but has repeated its call for the Federal Government to now "address the longer-term need for reform".

    “The Federal Budget released last week is designed to reboot the economy which faces the bumpy…

  • 15 Oct, 2020

    Generation Australia aims to generate early pathways to meaningful careers

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    WITH THE BUDGET forecasting unemployment to peak at 8 percent in December 2020 and stay at around 6 percent until 2023, because of the coronavirus recession, the timing is perfect for Generation Australia.

    Generation Australia is part of a global non-profit organisation, founded by McKinsey in 2015, to help…

  • 14 Oct, 2020

    UNSW redesigns commerce degrees to produce post-COVID work-ready graduates

    Training & Careers

    UNIVERSITY of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney’s redesigned Bachelor of Commerce degree courses have been redeveloped 'from the ground up' in response to pre- and post-COVID challenges facing businesses now and in the future.

    Aspiring graduates will require a more diverse range of skills outside of those taught in traditional…

  • 13 Oct, 2020

    Boosting resources opportunities boosts Indigenous staff

    Indigenous Business

    QUEENSLAND Resources Council has welcomed the extended commitment from the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships to work with QRC and its members to boost employment opportunities for Indigenous Queenslanders.

    “Our members, whether they are coal, metal and gas explorers and producers or their…

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Australia needs leadership now, not rulership

BUSINESS ACUMEN’s special report on leadership, in edition 93, could not be more timely. Or more poignant. Or better…

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Time to pay on time and time to pay say accountants

THE Payment Times Reporting Bill 2020 and Payment Times Reporting (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020, which are now before Parliament, will go a…


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Less pain and effort now it’s Ezy-As

For many, the arduous task of donning compression stockings can be frustrating. This is especially true if the wearer is living independently,…

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ACS welcomes Federal Government’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy

ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, has welcomed the release of the Federal Government’s 2020 Cyber Security…

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August 04, 2020

Quota suspension could spell curtains for film and TV small…

THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell said thousands of small businesses in the screen production industry could…

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October 12, 2020

Brisbane Bullets on target with Supply Aus

THE Brisbane Bullets National Basketball League club has announced a new two-year partnership with Indigenous-owned company Supply Aus.

“We are…

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September 25, 2020

How business must make e-marketing work, now

By Leon Gettler >>

IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE of social distancing and lockdowns, businesses need to upgrade their marketing.

Josh Meah, a celebrated…

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October 14, 2020

UNSW redesigns commerce degrees to produce post-COVID…

UNIVERSITY of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney’s redesigned Bachelor of Commerce degree courses have been redeveloped…

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August 26, 2020

Provenir's abattoir in-a-truck is a rural revolution

By Leon Gettler >>

CHRIS BALASZ, who runs Australian red meat company Provenir, is revolutionising Australian abattoirs.

The regulator, Prime Safe,…

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September 30, 2020

It’s Safeter: use this app post-COVID

By Leon Gettler >> THE BIG CHALLENGE for businesses now is bringing all employees back to work safely. It’s a huge challenge for businesses,…


July 18, 2020

New technologies, methods to combat wildlife trafficking

Simin Maleknia is one of Australia’s foremost experts on utilising odour detection methods and technologies to seek out criminal wildlife trafficking – and she can use those same technologies to…

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February 27, 2019

SiGNificant signage by design

THERE IS SOMETHING magnificent about a finely crafted roadside sign … and Indian Hills Community Center in Colorado, USA, may well be the world pace…

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