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    DOUBLE DIGIT unemployment for the next few years, a plunge in Gross State Product and slow recovery are the headline findings of a new Flinders University analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Australia.

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July 12, 2020

Aussie SMEs must urgently smarten up cyber security

By Peter Maynard >>

HUNDREDS of thousands of Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are at serious risk from cyber-attack, not only to themselves but also to others they deal with.

SMEs are increasingly becoming the target of choice for ‘bad actors’ and nation states looking for easy entry points to attack governments, critical infrastructure and…

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  • 11 Jul, 2020

    Mask u-turn set to create jobs

    Advancing Manufacturing

    A MELBOURNE manufacturer of reusable protective masks is set to recruit up to 10 new staff following yesterday’s announcement by Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews.

    As the Victorian Government took the decision to recommend the wearing of masks in high risk areas, the Melbourne firm saw sales jump by 800 percent.

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  • 11 Jul, 2020

    Facebook group helps SMEs thrive through COVID-19

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    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’ initiative to help hundreds of small businesses stay connected, inspired – and thrive no matter how they had been impacted.

    The extraordinary part was that Ms Callan is based on…

  • 09 Jul, 2020

    Cbus and Media Super join forces

    Companies on the Move

    MEDIA Super and Cbus Super, two of Australia’s better performing super funds, plan to join forces and have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin due diligence on a joint arrangement to come into effect next year.

    Media Super oversees just under $6 billion in retirement savings for workers predominantly in the printing,…

  • 09 Jul, 2020

    Ken finds the fun in failure – fast and often

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    AS SUCCESS guides go, this one is a complete failure. If you follow its writer, Ken Williams’ philosophy, that means it can fail you, in fact, all the way to success.

    One of the great business improvement clichés of our time is to ‘fail fast’. Tech companies and innovators apparently thrive on this…

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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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November 27, 2019

DG Institute warns on dangers of new credit file databases

THE new credit reporting laws will considerably affect the one in six Australians currently deep in debt, or anyone who has ever borrowed money in…

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June 24, 2020

Business Ombudsman calls for major changes to SME tax regime compliance

THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has called for major changes to Australia’s taxation framework, saying…

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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,…

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May 12, 2020

Defence Forces hackathon #Shockproof manoeuvres with ACS guidance

AUSTRALIA's professional association for the technology sector, ACS, has joined as the execution partner for the Australia and New Zealand Defence…


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April 15, 2020

How Screen Australia is responding to coronavirus

By Graeme Mason >>

WE ARE STARTING to see a glimmer of hope that Australia’s response to COVID-19 is working. That positive news has undoubtedly…

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May 01, 2020

Fit for nothing as COVID-19 takes its toll

THE ECONOMIC and social impact of COVID-19 related closures have been felt hard by the fitness industry, right across Australia.

Fitness Australia…


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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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June 25, 2020

What jobs are making it beyond COVID-19?

By Leon Gettler >>

BUSINESSES are getting to a post-pandemic normal, but many Australians are not comfortable getting…

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July 07, 2020

Warning on 'zombie' companies crashing after September -…

BUSINESS experts and economists expect a rise in the number of business insolvencies, according to Australian comparison website 

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June 16, 2020

COVID-19 hits Queensland farmers' confidence

THE COVID-19 pandemic has probably derailed the heady optimism Queensland farmers enjoyed early in the year, with the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural…

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April 19, 2020

Earth Day calls for urgent action to save world’s amphibians

A NEW STUDY is highlighting global shortfalls in amphibian conservation, accentuated in the climate action theme of Earth Day 2020, which celebrates its 50th year on April 22.

The research paper,…

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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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