Liberal MPs to pursue a bill to phase out live export trade

Liberal MPs to pursue a bill to phase out live export trade

Liberal MP Sussan Ley has proposed a private members bill to phase out the cruel live export trade despite the Turnbull government's position on the matter. Whilst Labor wants to see the practice banned, the party's leader, Bill Shorten, is yet to decide if Labor will support Ley's bill. However, as Fairfax Media reports, ...

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Deloitte LGBTI Leaders List highlights the work still to be done

Deloitte LGBTI Leaders List highlights the work still to be done

Despite the tremendous progress Australia has made for the rights of LGBTI citizens over the past year, there's still a lot of work to be done. That's the message Australia's top LGBTI leaders want to impart to the country. Deloitte and Google have partnered up to announce Australia's Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leaders, to furth...

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Business News Australia joins the Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Business News Australia joins the Vinnies CEO Sleepout

For more than a decade Vinnies has run the annual CEO Sleepout, a national campaign to fight the issue of homelessness. Each year on the longest night of winter, many of the nation's top executives sleep out on the concrete to raise much needed funds for Aussies who desperately need it. For participants, it is one night of discomf...

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More women than men appointed to the ASX 200 during 1Q18

More women than men appointed to the ASX 200 during 1Q18

Female appointments to ASX 200 companies surged past 50 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, with more women than men appointed during the period. It's a historic moment for Australia's top companies and marks the first time that female appointments have exceeded male appointments since the Australian Institute of Company Direct...

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Progress your career with an online post graduate degree

Progress your career with an online post graduate degree

There's a digital revolution happening in tertiary education. Engaging and immersive online learning is becoming more accessible especially for busy, mid-career professionals who are looking to take the next step in their careers. There are numerous benefits to studying online and it's become extremely attractive to professionals ...

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Female board appointments spike during first months of 2018

Female board appointments spike during first months of 2018

The percentage of female appointments to ASX 200 boards has spiked in 2018, according to a new report released on International Women's Day by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Women accounted for 47 per cent of ASX 200 board appointments in the first two months of 2018, up from 36 per cent in 2017. The AICD Qu...

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SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

TO RETAIN the best and brightest employees it sometimes seems like a good idea to offer more money, but recent research suggests that cash doesn't always talk. A study, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half surveying 160 chief financial officers in Australia, shows more than 94 per cent of Australian CFOs have extended cou...

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QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

HE SPENT a decade conceiving and building Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) into an ASX top 300 company and when Mark Sowerby stood down as managing director in August 2016, he was looking to spend more time with his growing family after years of long hours away from home.

But he'd barely packed his cardboard box and said h...

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HOW TO MANAGE OFFICE MOVES: FIVE ESSENTIALS TO PUT INTO ACTION

HOW TO MANAGE OFFICE MOVES: FIVE ESSENTIALS TO PUT INTO ACTION

IF YOU own a business, you will know that the decision to move premises isn't made lightly. Once your business starts to grow, on the one hand it's very exciting, yet on the other it can present a problem for the ill-prepared.   Relocating to a larger space often requires months of planning, and the costs of moving particular...

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WHY EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANIES ARE BEATING ASX200 SHARE PRICES

WHY EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANIES ARE BEATING ASX200 SHARE PRICES

EMPLOYEE-owned companies command a higher share price than their publicly listed peers, reaping a 17 per cent premium over the ASX200, a new index has found. The Employee Ownership Australian Index (EOAI) reveals that companies which are at least 30 per cent owned by employees tend to have better environmental, social and governance stand...

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SPRINGBOARD TO REVEAL NATIONAL BUSINESS HEAVYWEIGHTS

SPRINGBOARD TO REVEAL NATIONAL BUSINESS HEAVYWEIGHTS

POWERHOUSE Australian companies iVvy, Mentorloop and Canva all share a common thread. During their respective growth phrases, these companies joined a host of other successful women-led ventures through the Springboard Australia Business Accelerator, a program which is once again hot on the search for its next big disruptor. With nomi...

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INTRODUCING THE BUYER'S AGENT DISRUPTOR

INTRODUCING THE BUYER'S AGENT DISRUPTOR

SEEKOLOGY, a next-generation buyer's agent, is claiming to save property investors thousands on fees. 

The startup aims to save investors thousands of dollars on the cost of a standard buyer's agent and offers owner-occupiers a standard industry commission at the time of property purchase.

It says the only cost to the investor...

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SYDNEY ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A REAL HERO

SYDNEY ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A REAL HERO

STAY in school, kids, and you might just develop a business plan as great as Dustin Leonard's of HERO Condoms.

HERO Condoms began as a university assignment in Sydney, a business plan where the Texan-born entrepreneur identified the condom industry as ripe for disruption.

"The funny thing is, I never went out to start a con...

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GREATER THAN GOLD: FIONA DE JONG

GREATER THAN GOLD: FIONA DE JONG

AS A young girl riding BMX bikes, Fiona de Jong never dreamed she would be where she is today, CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee and the first female to hold this title.

Following a strict regime of 'six hours learning, six hours studying, six hours training and six hours sleeping' as she studied to become a lawyer, the Bri...

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PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

SOMETIMES, after building a successful business and making millions, entrepreneurs will turn their thoughts to philanthropy. Zambrero founder Sam Prince took a different approach. He intertwined the commercial focus of his Mexican restaurant chain with the philanthropic goals of his social enterprise, Plate 4 Plate, right from the beginning, in ...

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7 POINTS FROM JULY'S DELOITTE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

7 POINTS FROM JULY'S DELOITTE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

DELOITTE Access Economics released its monthly Business Outlook today. It puts Brexit in perspective for Australia and explains how Australia is growing, despite some strong headwinds. Business News Australia has broken the Deloitte report down to seven points:

China matters more than Brexit

"Although a renewed burst of credit ...

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TERRACYCLE TACKLES THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

TERRACYCLE TACKLES THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

BEAUTY is big business but can be a big, bad business - something L'Oreal Australia is trying to change with New York company TerraCycle.

The companies have developed a world-first program to ensure beauty and personal care packaging doesn't end up in landfill.

They are an odd couple on the surface, but TerraCycle's focu...

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SYDNEY AGENCY GIVES NEW MUMS THE WORKS

SYDNEY AGENCY GIVES NEW MUMS THE WORKS

SYDNEY agency The Works has raised the bar in creative industries with its new baby daycare bonus.

As of July 1, the Employer-funded Return to Work Bonus will take effect at The Works, providing $100 per day paid childcare to mothers returning to the workplace over six months.

Average childcare costs in NSW are currently $96 per day...

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MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

JANE Lu is known as 'the lazy ceo' on Instagram but she is nothing of this description, besides being at liberty to work from bed in her pyjamas.

The branding is all part of Lu's charm, which she has used to grow her online fast fashion retail business Showpo into a business that turned over $10 million in the 2014 calendar y...

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FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

A FAST-PACED game of whack-a-mole often evolves as a business begins to scale up.

Based on my past experience with Greencross (ASX: GXL) and my work these days on a number of companies including Shark Tank startups, it seems the faster you grow, the more chaos occurs.

For the unacquainted, whack-a-mole is the game you sometimes play as lit...

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FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

JAMIE Pherous, the founder of Corporate Travel Management (market cap $1.4 billion) said it well at the Brisbane Business News breakfast last week: "Business is simple, don't overcomplicate. Learn the rules of the game and play hard". 

Business is a little like a game of rugby, where you pass the ball backwards an...

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THE MCDONALD'S CREW CLEANING UP FAST FOOD

THE MCDONALD'S CREW CLEANING UP FAST FOOD

IT'S not every day you hear of a company trying to own and embrace the 'fast food' label, with many trying to rid themselves of the stigma associated with the industry. However, a group of ex-McDonald's staff, together with Australian born and bred Guzman y Gomez (GYG), is going against the grain, hoping to own and change ...

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FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

IT ALWAYS intrigues me that nirvana for entrepreneurs seems to be the big IPO that's supposed to deliver oodles of cash.

An IPO is a complex exercise that includes months of preparation, due diligence and the construction of a conscientious prospectus that states a clear reason for listing and how the funds will be used. Cashing out ...

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HOW UBANK IS DISRUPTING THE BANKING INDUSTRY

HOW UBANK IS DISRUPTING THE BANKING INDUSTRY

UBANK'S head of digital Jeremy Hubbard says in this day and age it is no longer the big that eats the small, it is the fast that eats the slow. With this in mind, the company is working towards disrupting the banking industry, launching the country's first online mortgage in 2011 and acting entirely online and over the phone. ...

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FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

A DECADE ago I faced an important career decision which could have changed the course of my life. 

Option one, pack our bags and head to Brisbane to head up Greencross as we finalised plans to list on the ASX. Option two, seek endorsement by a political party to run for State or Federal Government in the local Townsville area. Lisa, my w...

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APPRENTICE STAR ANSWERS GLARING QUESTION: WHY?

APPRENTICE STAR ANSWERS GLARING QUESTION: WHY?

IN 2015 the first Australian Apprentice Andrew Morello took 153 different plane trips and spoke in 11 different countries.  He is head of business development at Mark Bouris' publicly listed Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management, owns three real estate offices in Melbourne, a jewellery company called Bellagio, and is a shareholder ...

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LUKE RATTIGAN PROVING ODDS ARE IN HIS FAVOUR

LUKE RATTIGAN PROVING ODDS ARE IN HIS FAVOUR

HE IS the chief operating officer of one of Australia's largest e-commerce businesses, turning over $4 billion a year. And businessman Luke Rattigan, who has direct responsibility for online, risk and trading and customer operations at internet betting and entertainment site Sportsbet, says there is no stopping the company as it aims ...

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FAIRFAX NEWSROOMS ROCKED AS JOURNOS WALK OUT

FAIRFAX NEWSROOMS ROCKED AS JOURNOS WALK OUT

FAIRFAX Media newsrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra were rocked today by an angry walkout of journalists in protest at the latest round of job cuts by the newspaper publisher. The journalists have stopped work until Monday following a series of meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra where journalists vented their frustration ove...

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MEN LOSE OUT IN CHASE FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE

MEN LOSE OUT IN CHASE FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE

THE chase for work-life balance appears to be working well for women, but it could be hurting opportunities for advancement among their male counterparts, according to a new report. The report, compiled from a survey conducted by Chief Executive Women and Bain & Co, has found a worrying reverse gender bias in the workplace as the corp...

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TURNING RETAIL ON ITS HEELS

TURNING RETAIL ON ITS HEELS

FAST fashion retailers and online competitors are taking their toll on department stores globally, but the same can't be said for the innovative brands many of them rely upon to drive sales.

The department store struggle is reflected in falling market capitalisation, with Myer losing three-quarters of its value since its 2009 ASX deb...

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