News Pulse for August 8, 2016

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

Census 2016: A demographer debunks the myths

SPURRED on by the publication of inaccurate details about the Census by media outlets that ought to know better, government conspiracy theories have dominated the lead up to this year’s undertaking.

This has led to widespread calls to boycott or provide deliberately misleading information in protest, without anyone stopping to consider the potential consequences of these actions.

Large Senate crossbench puts Turnbull’s tax plan in doubt

The Turnbull government faces an almighty struggle to pass its centrepiece election policy – the 10-year plan for company tax cuts – through Parliament and achieve other big policy reforms thanks to the large Senate crossbench.

Labor must fix this big blunder on small business

Opposition Leader Bill ShortenHon Bill Shorten MP,  Federal Member for Maribyrnong Leader of the Opposition from 13.10.13 was quick to pummel the government last week for being soft on the big banks, following their decision to pass through only around half the RBAReserve Bank of Australia www.rba.gov.au’s interest rate cut.

Up For The Task And On The Job: Airtasker’s Tim Fung On Shaking Up The Local Labour Market

Entrepreneurs Tim Fung and Jonathan Lui have spent the last four years disrupting the labour market. Their business, Airtasker, is helping people to think outside the boundaries of traditional job categories, revealing new and exciting ways to earn an income.

Make Uber legal across Queensland: RACQ

With the Queensland Government getting close to releasing its answer to the Uber question, the State’s peak motoring body may have given commuters a hint.

The PalaszczukThe Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk (pr. Pal-a-shay), Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts from 16.2.2015 Government received the final draft of the taxi and ride-sharing review it ordered almost a year ago late last month. It has promised a speedy turnaround, with Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe promising to release its response, along with the report, in the near future and hinting at a press conference, it would come by the months end.

US link for start-up accelerator Muru-D

One of Australia’s best known start-up supporters, Mick Liubinskas, headed off to San Francisco last week to open a US office for Telstra’s tech accelerator, ­­­Muru-D.

Liubinskas argues that his move is not part of an Australian “brain drain” but part of a growing connection between entrepreneurs in Australia and the Silicon Valley start-up ecosystem.

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