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  • HR | Business Spectator
    Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu HR How LinkedIn can stay on top of the job LinkedIn is one of the few online companies which can point to secure revenue streams and a business model with plenty of growth to come But to stay on top it needs to keep some key areas ticking by Ben Shepherd 5 30pm February 08 Unions hone in on intern exploitation University of Adelaide study backs claim unpaid work on the rise 3 08pm February 07 Vic govt fails to stop teachers strike Industrial action set to go ahead govt warns enterprise talks will be hampered 2 49pm February 07 Baillieu still waiting on Gonski details Former premiers urge politicians to act on Gonki in letter 2 25pm February 07 Victorian teachers launch ad as court battle looms AEU advertisement to air across Victoria over the next four weeks 1 31pm February 07 Tuckwell establishes ANU scholarship program Multimillionaire and wife bankroll 50m scheme for undergraduates 2 03pm February 05 Navitas posts slight fall in H1 profit Group confident strategic review will aid growth in year ahead 10 51am February 05 Tapping the skills of older workers As the population grows older governments will need to find innovative solutions to productively extend working lives A new Dutch programme could be the template by Sabrina PItt by Tim Haydon 2 57pm January 17 A fail grade for market deregulation All too often the move from a regulated to unregulated market reduces competition as the government s latest fixes which have broken higher education show by Steve Keen 6 57am November 12 21 comments TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR IBM s academic ambitions The tech giant s long running partnership with the University of Ballarat has so far delivered the goods but will it endure the shift towards online education by Harrison Polites 6 44pm November 09 Why an HR director is make or break An HR director is not as dispensable as most organisations currently treat them And it is important they are given a direct line to the CEO by Roger Collins 6 30pm October 26 1 comment China s subsidy economy is Australia s opportunity At Sozhou Industrial Park the Chinese government is creating an entire hi tech industry from scratch And there are vast opportunities for Australian companies in education and research partnerships by Jackson Hewett 6 59am September 20 5 comments Workplaces ageing well Sixty really is the new 50 as far as the workforce is concerned This will become increasingly evident over the next 12 months causing headaches for managers working against the trend by Leon Gettler 10 15am September 14 10 comments ASIC and Eddy Groves Not as easy as ABC ASIC has lifted a freeze on the assets of ABC Learning chief Eddy Groves and appears to have given up his pursuit altogether Why by James Thomson 2 21pm September 10 7 comments More school morals less accounting 101 The debate we need to have is

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  • HR | Business Spectator
    Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu HR Moelis agrees settlement report Investment bank reaches deal with former VP over bullying claims 4 11am December 20 How complexity could slay your company A consistent corporate strategy streamlined processes and the alignment of personal incentives with organisational goals will help companies navigate complex business environments by Michael Wade 6 02pm November 15 1 comment TRUenergy in sexual harassment suit Senior staff member claims she was harassed by former CFO then fired 6 27am August 27 Managerial techniques remade in China Western management techniques are giving a leg up to the largest most successful Chinese companies But local management styles and corporate structures are also blossoming by Andrew Hill Financial Times 7 31am July 09 2 comments Major firms exempt from Abbott parental leave levy Firms on partnership model not subject to income tax under proposed scheme 11 55am April 30 1 comment Australia can afford Gonski Garrett Schools minister says nation can find funds for education reforms 2 43pm March 06 State federal Gonski agreement crucial Brumby Chair of COAG Reform Council says funding squabble was expected 3 10pm February 28 SA premier backs Gonski reforms Weatherill urges states and territories to support national plan 4 53pm February 25 Abbott has held own school funding talks Oppn joins with WA Vic to reject govt s one size fits all approach 3 13pm February 25 States to be informed of Gonski funding costs Garrett expects to be able to inform states of specifics shortly 7 38am February 25 WEEKEND READ Brand America Selling the naming rights to libraries universities and sporting teams has become a huge American export by Daniel Gross 6 07pm February 22 WEEKEND READ The childcare myth Australia has a labour shortage which is why the government should pour money into childcare and get mothers back to work right Wrong says a new report by Jennifer Buckingham 5 42pm February 22 Innovate or perish There is a danger that as the global economy slows companies and governments will cut back on education research and innovation a false economy argues Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer by Steve Ballmer 4 51pm February 22 Chipping away at charity Government plans to raise minimum yearly distributions of charitable trusts to no less than 15 per cent of assets may backfire as returns revert to the mean slashing the shelf life of many funds to just a few years by Fiona Archer 4 36pm February 22 RICH PICKINGS Are you being served Behind every self made millionaire is an army of hired helpers from wealth counsellors to laundry specialists But how many are still needed in the post GFC world by James Thomson 2 46pm February 22 Cuts both ways Evidence from Australia suggests that discrimination towards male job applicants is just as likely to occur in female dominated industries by Alison Booth by Andrew Leigh Vox

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  • Apple investigated for tax fraud | Business Spectator
    certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1520 The Nokia 1520 sports a number of key upgrades that bring it the Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Europe as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Apple investigated for tax fraud 14 Nov 2013 5 30 AM Technology Industries Industrial relations Manufacturing Italy alleges Apple failed to declare well over 1 billion to the tax man You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Apple is under investigation in Italy for allegedly failing to declare over 1 billion euros 1 46 billion to the tax man Italian media reports Milan prosecutors have accused the iPhone and iPad maker of hiding 206 million euros in 2010 and 853 million euros in 2011 the magazine L Espresso reported on its website on Wednesday Apple s Italian subsidiary is accused of booking some of its profits through Apple Sales International ASI an Irish based subsidiary thereby reducing its taxable income in Italy the weekly reported Judicial sources cited by Ansa news agency said investigators have visited the company s Milan offices and two people were being investigated Print this page Related articles 13 Jan REVIEW

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  • How Wal King's Spanish fleet took Leighton | Business Spectator
    it easy to work in the environment Tony Abbott wants to create in the commercial building industry But Abbott is also finding the going tough The making or breaking of Mr Infrastructure November 6 Sweeping Leighton is the rumour that the major shareholder in the company is now considering changing the Leighton name to ACS short for Actividades de Construcción y Servicios SA Spain s biggest builder No decision has been made but it is no secret that this has been a long term aim of the Spaniards A spokesperson for Leighton today said there were no plans to change the name The events in the Middle East have greatly damaged the standing of Leighton and tarnished the name irrespective of the rights and wrongs Over time the Spaniards will want greater board representation The prospect of being minority shareholders in a subsidiary of a Spanish company will not fill Leighton shareholders with great joy Leighton shareholders might prefer a full takeover but the Spaniards would be stretched to undertake such a takeover and as we have seen in Germany they prefer creeping takeovers where no control premium is paid To understand why Wal King is achieving revenge you have to go into Leighton history and understand that we are looking at final victory in the tribal war that has dominated the company since Wal King transformed Leighton after major acquisitions involving different building cultures As I explained two years ago Leighton s blood let isn t over Aug 25 2011 King ran the Leighton construction operation in three tribes reflecting past acquisitions There was the Thiess tribe which did co operative deals with the unions there was the John Holland tribe which took a tough line with the unions and there was Leighton Contractors which did a bit of both At the time Leighton s major shareholder was the large German builder Hochtief which built up a stake of more than 50 per cent and Leighton became the major asset of Hochtief The Germans made no secret of the fact that they favoured the Holland culture which took a tough line with unions Wal King s three culture operation worked well for years but it came unstuck at the Westgate Bridge in Melbourne when the unions played hardball against the John Holland tribe That problem was solved when the Victorian government accepted the Thiess tribe s tender for the Victorian desalination plant against a lower bid from the John Holland tribe But the union deal was a nightmare and Leighton lost heavily in the desalination contract Add to that the losses in the Middle East and the Germans were not happy and blamed King The Germans not only engineered King s removal but replaced him as chief executive with a member of the Holland tribe David Stewart rather than Hamish Tyrwhitt whom King wanted Wal King was not happy and did not take this lying down It so happened that the largest shareholder in Hochtief was Spain s ACS

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  • Why Sinodinos is hanging his job on super | Business Spectator
    of the independent contracting exchange Gottliebsen The Taxation Department has been incorrectly interpreting independent contracts and doing some pretty bad things The Howard rules for independent contracting were very good They were not the rules the Taxation Department were using in dealing with independent contractors how do you change that so that they tax officials obey the law Sinodinos Look Bruce Billson and I are going to look at all of that Bruce as you know has a job as minister for small business and so in consultation with him we re happy to have a look at all of that philosophically We don t want a situation where people are being pushed who wants to be independent contractors into just being employees Nothing wrong with being an employee but if you want to be an independent contractor the government shouldn t be trying to change your status I m not accusing the tax office or anybody of anything We ll have a look at that One little story When we were in government I remember spending one Sunday morning at the Lodge with John Howard when he was going through the personal services income rules himself and he called over the tax office because we were concerned about the implications of some changes to those rules at the time so I mean it s a bit in the DNA I think of the Liberal Party to want to try and make sure independent contractors are looked after so happy to take that up with my colleague Bruce The key to that exchange is that Arthur Sinodinos is going to work with Bruce Billson For three years as the Opposition shadow minister for small business Billson has been critical of the way tax officials have been interpreting the law While Sinodinos chose his words carefully his underlying message is clear Independent contacting will not apply to all situations but it is set to boom and is the way many Australian enterprises can lift their productivity On superannuation Sinodinos pledges that he will to honour Tony Abbott s promise to make no substantial adverse changes to superannuation in this first term of government Sinodinos Let me give you a big secret my job relies on me delivering on that promise Sinodinos then sets out how he will try to simplify the Shorten taxes on superannuation funds in pension mode But he did not undertake to abolish the taxes Sinodinos does not plan to change the real estate gearing provisions in the Superannuation Act but warns against the dangers of spruikers Indeed he can t make significant changes because it would break he Abbott promise On the media Sinodinos gives a sneak preview of Tony Abbott s long term policy Sinodinos I think the lesson Tony has learned is from the last few years is there s been so much hype around feeding the media beast and what s come with that is a certain amount of spin if I can be charitable about it and people just want you to slow down In the Howard era what happened is John Howard decided to go over the heads of the press gallery in Canberra by going straight to people through talkback radio and not only talking to the shock jocks he was talking directly to people He was answering their questions on radio and I think that was a very important medium for him to keep in touch And I think you ll find on things like that Tony Abbott will be quite similar I think he wants to get what people out there are really thinking as opposed to how it s mediated through other people My guess is that after a long bonanza that means lean government pickings for the Canberra press gallery Of course they will turn to the opposition and Clive Palmer Print this page More from Robert Gottliebsen 06 Jan The Middle Kingdom s Australian frontier 03 Jan The next big crunch facing Australian companies 02 Jan Wheels turn in online retail s favour 31 Dec Letter to Alan Kohler 31 Dec Abbott must fix small business in 2014 Connect with Robert Gottliebsen on Google Related articles 13 Jan Abbott eyes repeal of 8000 red tape laws 13 Jan Govt interest bills surging report 13 Jan Palmer wants to repeal Newman laws 12 Jan Vic energy minister to step down 12 Jan Trade pact is close Robb More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Tony Holland Mon 2013 10 21 07 52 Rob you produce nice insights but sadly what we are going to get is more of the same tweaking and not substantial change let me give you the greatest con job in the history of oz EDUCATION its time someone spoke up about these type of con jobs We are being asked for more money to fund education we are told it empowers people but Unis are now failing up to 30 in all 1st yr subjects and across all disciplines we are getting alarming rates of failure Indeed Unis are now starting their own courses without statutory backing of any standards to achieve so they can pass dumbness So in short taxpayers are asked to shell out more to produce dummies with failure after failure on their resume just to prevent respectable middle class boys and gurls going on the dole And the cheek of it is these dummies when they get an un regulated degree in some sort of business discipline say they expect large salaries and perks what oh what are we creating here Altec Mon 2013 10 21 13 57 So true I guess if there is money people will line up to fill their pockets If there is a disconnect between outcome and how desirable that outcome is in the

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  • NAB cuts 600 jobs: report | Business Spectator
    2013 5 11 AM 1 Industries Financial Services Industrial relations More job losses expected as bank chases 800 million in savings You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter National Australia Bank Ltd has sacked close to 600 staff in a push to find hundreds of millions of dollars in savings The Australian Financial Review reports The newspaper citing a tally being kept by the Financial Sector Union said 438 positions were cut as a result of restructuring so far in 2013 Another 133 roles have been outsourced to overseas workers taking the total to 571 NAB is also said to have notified the union that around another 100 positions are under threat The cuts felt mostly in NAB s IT administrative support and wealth management divisions come after the bank announced in March that it would slash 800 million in annual costs by 2018 Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Bank dividends risk cutbacks 13 Jan Not all regulation is bad 13 Jan Morgan to join financial inquiry 10 Jan NAB could consider MLC split report 08 Jan New bank rules help small lenders More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Phil Clarke Thu 2013 08 29 09 47 The outsourcing of telephone services to other countries linked via internet channels is a chilling example of where the free market competition Conservative ethos leads Small Business should take note of this effect on the security of employees because what is heading their way is the same structure applied to Businesses themselves Any transaction that can be carried out by phone or email is subject to the likelihood of outsourcing to undercut price levels We may be seeing the dying days of retail outlets as they become replaced by distribution outlets operated by telephone and data control staff overseas We are quite likely to see the rise of overseas data processing agencies who serve several Australian distribution outlets My last pair of shoes were purchased over the net for example goodbye shoe shops There are programs already to scan and record the shape and size of feet How long before they are commonly used to provide an exactly fitting shoe without ever seeing the customer The same priciple can be applied to all clothing There is no indication that an incoming Conservative Government will put controls onto the whole structure of outsourcing in order to protect jobs It is unlikely they will do that for

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  • A potential clean slate for coal mining | Business Spectator
    the managers which is a harder task The new managers must understand modern mine management Part of that is better labour management but the private equity investors also believe that there are many other areas where the existing majors fall down including a lack of technical engineering capability because mining engineering and planning skills have been eroded in the drive for output during the boom In too many mines there is a lack of operational discipline wastage double handling and poor blasting management It is also possible to improve marketing On the labour front hours rosters and supervision can be improved but there is no doubt that there are enormous efficiencies to be gained by using independent contracting in significant areas of a mine Under the private equity plans base remuneration will be linked to coal mining awards but there will be opportunity to earn 100 per cent bonus payments Labour overheads are slashed and there are no demarcations or clock watching This sort of management overturns decades of tradition It might upset many but it s a lot better than mine closures and offers high rewards for those who work this way And if it succeeds in the mines it will be the blueprint for saving many Australian industries Print this page More from Robert Gottliebsen 06 Jan The Middle Kingdom s Australian frontier 03 Jan The next big crunch facing Australian companies 02 Jan Wheels turn in online retail s favour 31 Dec Letter to Alan Kohler 31 Dec Abbott must fix small business in 2014 Connect with Robert Gottliebsen on Google Related articles 13 Jan Aust LNG may be cheaper than US 13 Jan Whitehaven Asciano ink deal 13 Jan Glencore copper sale has ASX firms on alert 13 Jan Gas reservation is a pipe dream 13 Jan BHP faces buyback pressure More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Bruce Moon Wed 2013 06 19 08 39 Ahhhhh capital versus labour How low can we collectively drive down the cost of labour And when we finally gain the living standards of China a few mega rich and oodles in poverty and the pollution of Bangladesh won t we be ever so happy to beat 3rd world countries at their own game Robert one of the attributes that makes Australia a comfortable place to live and work is the almost universal endorsement of equality at least as a dominant goal Sure there are challenges to remain productive always will be beating the crap out of labour isn t too flash an argument Why can t we move on from the stupid adulation of cheap ie class division and focus on how we can be smarter Cheers Eddy Ward Wed 2013 06 19 09 39 Robert are you taunting your readers I can t see anywhere in your piece

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  • Increase in minimum wage bad for business: ACCI | Business Spectator
    can t pass the cost onto the customer Mr Strong told ABC Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox said the 2 6 per cent increase was on the high side and will place additional pressure on many employers who are doing it tough An increase of 15 80 per week on the minimum wage is too high for some employers and will reduce their ability to create new jobs and provide more hours to part time employees Mr Willox said in a statement He said unions should moderate their wage demands when changes to taxation arrangements transfer payments and superannuation are on the agenda Print this page Related articles 14 Nov Apple investigated for tax fraud 07 Nov How Wal King s Spanish fleet took Leighton 06 Nov The making or breaking of Mr Infrastructure 21 Oct Why Sinodinos is hanging his job on super 08 Oct Wealth and power combine in the Senate More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy R Ambrose Raven Mon 2013 06 03 14 09 On the contrary the small size of the increase is what is bad for business and bad for society Increasing inequality of income requires that aggregate demand and lifestyle can only be increased by debt guaranteeing an eventually financial crisis once what are by definition stagnant real incomes reach the limit of the debt that they can sustain Households at least maintaining a good share of national income limits the scope for a financial crisis because the moneybags don t have disproportionate surplus wealth to feed a debt binge Similarly any minimum wage needs to be relatively high notwithstanding the ferocious opposition of the Hard Right ideologues to working people enjoying modest comfort Let me tell you a secret no business can ever afford a wage rise CEO s 25 a year excepted To quote the ACTU While the National Minimum Wage had more or less kept pace with overall wages growth in the early 2000s low paid workers have lost ground since the introduction of WorkChoices in 2005 During that period average full time earnings have grown by 40 2 the Wage Price Index has rise by 31 9 while the minimum wage has increased by just 25 2 If the National Minimum Wage had kept pace with overall wages growth since 2005 it would now be 635 93 per week Instead it s just 606 40 per week Good wages actually matter Much labour market research affirms that for a capitalist society the labour market is THE mechanism through which income is generated and distributed for most citizens the only unambiguous relationship between bargaining structures and outcomes is that decentralised deregulated systems are consistently associated with greater inequality Justice Henry Higgins in fact emphasised that point in his celebrated Harvester judgement It is up to businesses to

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