News Pulse for August 31, 2016

A daily download of SME, startup, fintech and tax news from around Australia.

Business warns state on holiday plan

THE PalaszczukThe Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk (pr. Pal-a-shay), Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts from 16.2.2015 Government has been accused of trying to sneak through legislative changes that would make Easter Sunday a public holiday.

The Courier-Mail can reveal Employment Minister Grace Grace plans to introduce laws this week that could become a major battleground in the Parliament and have already sparked a war with the business community.

How Xref is shaking up the human resource scene

The human resource tech space is going through a fascinating period of evolution, as new businesses continue come to market. But it is also under increasing scrutiny as a handful of seemingly promising startups have come unstuck of late.

The success that Xref  has seen comes down to the fact that it addresses a real problem and provides a genuinely valuable solution.

Xref, at its core, is an automated, cloud-based candidate referencing platform – that in itself is a major win for its clients in terms of the time and money they save on resources otherwise wasted on calling and chasing referees.

Labor MP Ed Husic on the government’s “full-blow political retreat” from the startup community

Want to see what full-blown political retreat looks like?

Take a look at what the supposedly pro-innovation Turnbull government is doing in relation to its advocacCommunications Access Co-ordinatory for Australia’s startup community.

Since the election the discussion of the need to build a thriving Australian startup community has hurtled into a political black hole from which there seems no return.

Tax reform for small business takes a step back in government’s “moral” budget repair challenge 

Prime Minister Malcolm TurnbullThe Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Federal Member for Wentworth Prime Minister from 15.9.15 has designated repairing the budget deficit a “moral challenge” as the government pushes its budget savings omnibus bill into public view on the first sitting day of government – but help to small business is not at the forefront.

Australian politicians return to Canberra today and the Coalition is starting work on their $6.1 billion worth of budget savings over the next four years. The Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016 contains 24 measures for budget repair that it wants Labor to sign off on as quickly as possible, but promised tax cuts for small business will not be included in this first part of cost saving measures.

Australia Tax Office decline freedom of information requests from public website

The Australian Tax Office has banned freedom of information requests from a website designed to improve the public’s access to government.

The Right to Know website , run by the charity OpenAustralia Foundation , aims to simplify the FOI process by providing advice and explanations.

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