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It’s the gig economy, stupid!!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Technology is crushing traditional jobs. The command-and-control factory is being replaced by robots. Banks are rapidly removing pen-pusher jobs by the tens of thousands!!! For those with an economic bent, the Milton Friedman-type assumptions about how an economy operates are dead!

What’s taking over is the ‘gig’ economy. But what is it?  It’s pretty simple really.  More...


The state as an enemy of freedom. Lessons from Lisbon for us all!

Sunday, January 07, 2018

In the historic sector of Lisbon, Portugal, nestled quietly next to the imposing 13th Century Lisbon Cathedral is a nondescript block of a building. It houses the Museum of Aljube – Resistance and Freedom. For the naive tourist who wanders in from the intriguing, cobbled alleyways of Lisbon and not familiar with the more recent history of Portugal, the museum is a moving shake-up. The museum records the struggle against the dictatorship that governed Portugal from 1926 to 1974. This is recent history! The museum building itself housed the dictatorship’s secret police. As you move through rooms you find yourself standing in torture cells, places where murder was committed by the state in the name of the state.  More...


2017 a year of transformation. 2018 a year for building self-employed rights

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

2017 was a hugely busy and transformational year for Self-Employed Australia on many important fronts.

Since forming in 2000 under the name Independent Contractors Australia, we have focused on one thing—advocacy for the rights of self-employed Australians. In this respect, we have had major successes even though we are entirely a volunteer group. More...


The headache of the employee Xmas party while we self-employed rage!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Yes, we have to feel sorry these days for employees who are forced to attend the staff Xmas party. All the merriment has changed.

First, employees have to undergo HR training and briefings on how to behave or not behave. Hugs are banned. Be careful who you smile at and how! No sitting on Santa’s lap. Conversations and greetings must be religiously diversified and non-judgmental. Champagne is replaced with sparkling non-alcoholic lolly water. Sorry, no jokes! More...


More thanks on ABN restoration. Including the ATO! Hey?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Yes, I know. We don’t have much of a reputation for giving praise to the Australian Taxation Office. In fact we’re probably pretty mean. Here’s us calling the ATO lifeless, frozen dinosaurs and that they must think that the world is flat.

Given our comments, we’ve had people ask us how in the world we managed to have the cancelled ABNs reinstated.

Well, first we had great legal leadership. Here’s John and Paige Findley (our primary legal team) with Annette Pike (she’s on the left) from OutScribe shortly after the agreement to reinstate the ABNs was formalized.  More...


‘Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.’ ABNs reinstated

Monday, December 11, 2017

You might notice that we haven’t issued a News Alert for about two weeks. That’s been for a very good reason. We’ve been involved in deep and complex negotiations with the Australian Taxation Office over the cancelled ABNs.

You might remember we highlighted this last on the 22nd November where we accused the ATO of being a Frozen Dinosaur—Cold. Lifeless. No connection to reality. Before that we said that The ATO thinks the earth is flat. Yes, that’s perhaps ‘over the top’ of us to refer to the ATO that way.  More...


ATO a frozen dinosaur. Cold. Lifeless. No connection to reality.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

We informed you yesterday about the ATO’s cancelling the Australian Business Numbers (ABNs) of work-from-home mums and dads. The people targeted are all on low incomes, most supplementing their spouse’s incomes, disability or other pensions or just struggling on their own.

There are 16 of these people: five in Queensland, two in South Australia, three in Victoria, five in New South Wales and one in Tasmania. These people are not ‘case numbers’ on some mindless ATO computer system. They are real people. And because of the ATO’s bullying aggression these people are now in crisis!  More...


The ATO thinks the earth is flat. That’s how dumb and dangerous it is!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I’m sure the ‘employment assessors’ at the ATO are members of the Flat Earth Society. Yes, a ‘flat-earthers’ group actually exists. It was formed in 1956. Its members are not comedians but serious. Here’s their logo and website. Go figure!

The ATO flat-earthers are the high priest enforcers of the ATO’s flat earth bible: its ‘employee-contractor decision tool’. Have a look at its ‘terrible friendly’ video saying how the ATO will help you. But everything on the video and in the decision tool is wrong at law and promotes a dangerous ATO-manufactured myth. In fact, the very decision-tool itself is an instrument of illegality. And it’s not there to help you but oppress you! More...


The Tax Office and horse racing. Place your bets!!!!!

Monday, November 06, 2017

If you’re self-employed, paying the correct amount of tax is very much like betting on a horse race. You can’t know if you’ve put your money on the winning horse, or whether you’ve paid tax under the correct rules.

The simple truth of this comparison lies in the fact that (massive surprise!!) nothing on the Australian Taxation Office website is law. The ATO’s website information is their view of the law and the ATO can and does change that view over time. This was demonstrated in the Rod Douglass caseMore...


Could the ATO have attempted to ‘pervert the course of justice’? Judge asks

Friday, November 03, 2017

We work hard to ensure that our criticism of the way the Australian Taxation Office treats self-employed people is based on facts. Our summary of the mistreatment of Rod Douglass we think demonstrates the facts.

And the fact is that what happened to Rod could happen to anyone. This includes consultants, IT and engineering professionals, tradies, even home-based small business people.  More...



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