• Business lessons from averting an air disaster

    THE SAME techniques that a highly trained – and determined – Qantas team used to avert what could have become one of the world’s worst aviation disasters, can be used to save your business life.

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  • GM kills Holden ... but offers a Chevy silver lining?

    GENERAL MOTORS (GM) has retired what it referred to as ‘the Holden brand’ from sales in Australia and New Zealand. But will the promise of new Chevrolet Corvettes, Camaros and Silverados help pacify distraught car enthusiasts?

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  • Bensley creates 2400-room ‘Human Zoo’ wildlife resort

    IS THIS what the future of travel will look like? This fantastical rendering was conceived by famed Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley, affectionately known as the ‘Willy Wonka’ of hotel design. Report from Asia correspondent, Ellen Boonstra. 

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August 24, 2020

Business adaptation gets special acclaim in Brisbane's awards

BUSINESS ADAPTATION is a new category in the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Business Awards, introduced to recognise excellence in businesses overcoming the challenges of the current economy.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has called on Brisbane’s business community to nominate for the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, featuring the new category for business…

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  • 14 Sep, 2020

    Australia's fuel security plan 'misses the boat' on shipping say unions


    THE $211 million commitment from the Federal Government to fund increased domestic fuel storage and support Australian oil refineries is a welcome step to improving fuel security, according to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), but the plan still fails to resolve issues facing the transport of liquid fuels to Australia and…

  • 13 Sep, 2020

    Microfinance specialists Grameen set up Down Under

    Finance & Investment

    By Leon Gettler >>

    AUSTRALIA’s recession and double digit unemployment seems ripe territory for Grameen bank, the microfinance and community development founded in Bangladesh which provides small loans (known as microcredit or ‘grameencredit’) to the impoverished without requiring collateral.

    Adam Mooney, the CEO of Grameen…

  • 11 Sep, 2020

    Ombudsman call for super tax cuts instead of employer super rises

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    THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell swants the Federal Government to swap a rise in employer superannuation contributions for a cut in superannuation tax.

    According to Ms Carnell, the government could take some financial pressure off small businesses without adversely impacting workers, by…

  • 11 Sep, 2020

    Export grants review 'positive for tourism' says ATEC

    Travel, Tourism & Events

    THE Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to backing recommendations which have come out of the independent review into the administration of the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme.

    ATEC managing director Peter Shelley said as a leading, future focused industry,…

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February 16, 2019

Australia needs leadership now, not rulership

BUSINESS ACUMEN’s special report on leadership, in edition 93, could not be more timely. Or more poignant. Or better…

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July 15, 2020

Time to pay on time and time to pay say accountants

THE Payment Times Reporting Bill 2020 and Payment Times Reporting (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020, which are now before Parliament, will go a…


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Less pain and effort now it’s Ezy-As

For many, the arduous task of donning compression stockings can be frustrating. This is especially true if the wearer is living independently,…

Business Incubator: ACS Labs

August 08, 2020

ACS welcomes Federal Government’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy

ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, has welcomed the release of the Federal Government’s 2020 Cyber Security…

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August 04, 2020

Quota suspension could spell curtains for film and TV small…

THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell said thousands of small businesses in the screen production industry could…

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September 01, 2020

OneFitStop: tech helps gyms, trainers overcome pandemic…

By Leon Gettler >>

ONEFITSTOP could provide a real solution for gyms in the age of pandemics.

OneFitStop is a software-as-a-solution (SaaS)…

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July 11, 2020

Facebook group helps SMEs thrive through COVID-19

By Leon Gettler >>

WHEN RACHEL CALLAN from Flamanko Social Media and Katie Martel from Croft PR took a hit from COVID-19, they launched a ‘Thriving’…

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July 26, 2020

Don’t fear the robots: Flinders Uni helps future workers…

FOR WORKERS of the future to thrive with robots and artificial intelligence, they will need to learn innovation through…

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August 26, 2020

Provenir's abattoir in-a-truck is a rural revolution

By Leon Gettler >>

CHRIS BALASZ, who runs Australian red meat company Provenir, is revolutionising Australian abattoirs.

The regulator, Prime Safe,…

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August 04, 2020

Short-term COVID-19 cloud fixes may pose long-term headaches for universities

By Lee Thompson >> AS AUSTRALIAN educational institutions rushed to adjust to the new norm of virtual classrooms, remote collaboration, and an…


July 18, 2020

New technologies, methods to combat wildlife trafficking

Simin Maleknia is one of Australia’s foremost experts on utilising odour detection methods and technologies to seek out criminal wildlife trafficking – and she can use those same technologies to…

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February 27, 2019

SiGNificant signage by design

THERE IS SOMETHING magnificent about a finely crafted roadside sign … and Indian Hills Community Center in Colorado, USA, may well be the world pace…

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