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Feb 22, 2012

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Rudd claims SMEs a priority if he is PM, Five things pollies should really focus on, 12 tech trends for the next five years, ATO’s cafe crackdown

The leadership challenge is officially on, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard announcing the showdown will take place on Monday morning in Canberra. Kevin Rudd has claimed that small business would be one of his priorities as PM, but as James Thomson argues in Entrepreneur Watch, what the business community wants is the leadership battle resolved. To help focus the minds of our friends in Canberra, we’ve even prepared a special list of five things that politicians should be focused on, instead of bickering among themselves.

Is the ATO's ability to retain tax refunds too great?
New powers giving the ATO the power to hang on to tax refunds could hurt cash-strapped SMEs for whom tax refunds are often a lifeline. BY TERRY HAYES.

Information Technology
The top 12 tech trends of the next five years
The death of the desktop, social search, the rise of the stream – the 12 big tech trends to emerge in the next five years will change how SMEs live and work. BY PATRICK STAFFORD.

Aunty B
I can't make my budgets. Help!
You can fix this, but you need to stay cool, stay reasonable and get a good night's sleep.
Aunty B

IT Systems
David Markus
My bet is that this year, we will see some massive IT security issues. Let me just summarise some of the 2011 headlines and then I’ll explain why I believe 2012 will be worse.
Ask the Experts

Business Tech Talk
Paul Wallbank
One of the big battles for the next decade is going to be for customer data and smaller businesses may find themselves marginalised as the big Internet companies fight to grab information about consumers.
Smart Blogs

Internet secrets
Craig Reardon
While the cost of establishing your website might seem reasonable, it’s the future costs of improving or renovating it that can often uncover an unexpected surprise.
Smart Blogs

IT Means Business
Dave Stevens
The days when IT managers had to be dedicated hardware gurus, experts in RAID configuration and firewall setups have passed. Here's why.
Smart Blogs

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
At a time when SMEs are struggling in an extremely difficult economy, civil war for the nation’s leadership is a disgrace.

Capital Circle special: Labor war escalates: Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Capital Circle:

Capital Circle special: Labor war escalates
Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd have each made a direct pitch to Labor MPs - and the public - for support to be Prime Minister.

It's on.
At 10am on Monday, the 103-member Labor caucus will face a choice - do they want Julia Gillard or Kevin Rudd to lead the Labor Party and serve as Prime Minister.
Mr Rudd made his case first, holding a press conference in Washington. He made an impassioned pitch to the Labor caucus, talked up his "formidable" achievements as PM and called for political unity. Mr Rudd said he was “shocked and disappointed” by attacks on him by senior ministers, that he had spoken to many colleagues overnight, that he did not believe Ms Gillard could win the next election and set out a new policy direction for a possible Rudd government (report).
Ms Gillard held a press conference in Adelaide 30 minutes later. The Prime Minister said she expected to win the support of colleagues in Monday's ballot, promised to move to the backbench if she lost and tried to box Mr Rudd into a "one-shot" leadership tilt. Ms Gillard said she had been very loyal to Mr Rudd when serving as his deputy, that she had done everything to save his dysfunctional government but that it had been focused on the “next news cycle, the next picture opportunity" (report).
The Australian Online has an up-to-the-minute blog here to keep you abreast of events as they unfold in the Labor leadership crisis. There is an in-depth section here. A timeline is here. Chat live with National Affairs Editor
Peter Brent
Peter Brent
Kevin shifts up a gear
Kevin Rudd has shown why he is far superior at politics than most of his colleagues. Certainly better—much better—than Julia Gillard. By “politics”…

Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Business Briefing: Political tensions hit dollar

Australian Business update for Thu Feb 23 09:53:39 EST 2012

Political tensions hit dollar
THE dollar fell to its lowest level in a month, as the US greenback strengthened and Australian leadership tensions re-ignited.

Virgin profits from Qantas strike
Ross Kelly VIRGIN Australia said it more than doubled first-half profit as the airline benefited from strike action affecting rival Qantas.

Fairfax shifts focus from web
Andrew Colley FAIRFAX Media will shift its focus away from the web and aggressively chase audiences turning to internet TV and other devices.

APN announces $45m loss
APN News & Media has unveiled a $45.1 million full year loss as it prepares to expand its outdoor advertising business.

Wall Street ends lower on Greece
Jonathan Cheng US stocks faltered, snapping a three-day winning streak, as investors took a cautious stance on the European economy,

Greece prepares debt restructure
Alkman Granitsas and Art Patnaude THE Greek Government braced for further anti-austerity protests while the country's parliament was debating debt restructuring.

China faces crisis: World Bank
Bob Davis CHINA could face an economic crisis unless it implements deep reforms, according to the World Bank and a Chinese think tank.

Apple defends iPad name in China
Apple defended its right to use the iPad trademark in China in a heated court hearing in Shanghai.

Financial Markets

Political tensions hit dollar
THE dollar fell to its lowest level in a month, as the US greenback strengthened and Australian leadership tensions re-ignited.

Oil at new highs over Iran
Gold, platinum at new highs

Financial Markets Coverage

Mining & Energy

Oil at new highs over Iran
David Bird OIL prices rose to fresh nine-month highs amid rising tensions over Iran's efforts to build a nuclear weapon.

Setback for CSG
Flanagan takes chair at Atlas

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2012-02-23 09:52:06.0 Political tensions hit dollar
2012-02-23 09:49:07.0 IAG upgrades revenue guidance
2012-02-23 09:48:12.0 David Jones sales down, flags profit drop
2012-02-23 09:45:09.0 Lending standards must stay high - RBA
2012-02-23 09:43:25.0 Origin lifts net profit to $794 million
2012-02-23 09:42:28.0 Fairfax first half profit down 44 per cent
2012-02-23 09:41:07.0 DJs sales down, outlook gloomy
2012-02-23 09:38:21.0 Bailed Dotcom eyes extradition hearing
2012-02-23 09:35:00.0 Virgin profits from Qantas strike
2012-02-23 09:30:00.0 Charter Hall Group Half Year Resu...
2012-02-23 09:23:28.0 Wall Street in red on EU recession fears
2012-02-23 09:21:49.0 Toll H2 profit slips 4pc
2012-02-23 09:11:48.0 Virgin says net profit doubled to $51.8m
2012-02-23 09:09:39.0 China faces crisis: World Bank
2012-02-23 09:06:52.0 IAG profit falls, claims costs rise

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