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Mar 18, 2012

Smartcompany news and analysis: Will dumping the GST threshold save jobs? We investigate, Brendan O’Connor’s surplus focus, New billionaires – old sectors, Our priciest suburbs

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Will dropping the GST threshold on imported goods really save Australia’s bricks and mortar retailers from the online onslaught? Last week the National Retailers Association claimed up to 30,000 jobs could be saved if the GST-free threshold on imported goods was dropped from $1,000, but a SmartCompany investigation suggests the price differentials on many imported goods are so big that buying habits will not change as the NRA expects.

We also talk to new Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor, look at the five scams that SMEs should avoid and in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson pays tribute to former COSBOA chief Jaye Radisich, who died tragically over the weekend.

Have you checked out our brilliant new sister site, LeadingCompany yet? It’s packed full of daily insights for leaders and managers who want to take their company to the top. It’s free to register and you’ll also receive a brilliant free eBook, 101 Great Leadership Insights.

Wealth
The new billionaires, old-school businesses
The recently released Forbes World’s Billionaires list showed there are many roads to riches, including the time-honoured methods of feeding and clothing people. BY JAMES THOMSON.
Features

Property
Million-dollar suburbs decline, but waterfront stays strong
There were fewer suburbs in 2011 with million-dollar homes than in 2010, while an established Sydney harbourside suburb once again topped the RP Data Top 10 Rich Suburbs list. BY CAMERON KUSHER.
Features

Aunty B
All my customers are paying their bills late!
We really should start a pay on time club and just do business with each other. Big companies have no idea what a late payment can mean to a small business.
Aunty B

Selling
Sue Barrett
Many people in sales hear what their customers say, but miss opportunities because they aren’t listening.
Ask the Experts

Behavioural Economics
Bri Williams
Bills. We all get them and all businesses send them, so let's look at what you can do to encourage on-time payment using the lessons of Behavioural Economics.
Smart Blogs

Retail trends
Kevin Moore
How much we pay, compared to our cousins overseas, is now a major issue for retailers due to the strong Aussie dollar.
Smart Blogs

Enterprise Leadership
Dennis Roberts
As the Taoists figured out long ago, the secret to successful leadership and personal development lies in balance.
Smart Blogs

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
Former COSBOA chief Jaye Radisich, who died on the weekend at the age of 35, spent her adult life working for others. 
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Surplus plan hits super savings
Scott Murdoch THE federal government is being urged to scrap a key superannuation savings measure that could help return the budget to surplus.

ASIC calls for tougher penalties
Richard Gluyas THE corporate regulator wants heavier penalties for companies that fail to immediately disclose price-sensitive information.

Not all bankers fret over image
Richard Gluyas NAB's 'fair value in banking' campaign wasn't always copied by rivals, says former deputy chief executive Michael Ullmer.

Chile's hot stuff for our juniors
Sarah-Jane Tasker AUSTRALIA'S junior explorers are making a beeline to Chile, but they face a growing Chinese presence in the copper-rich country.

Telstra to target new home services
Mitchell Bingemann TELSTRA has launched a five-year investment program to capitalise on internet-connected devices and data services.

Hess keeps options open on WA gas
Matt Chambers US oil company Hess is keeping its options open for the big offshore Equus gasfield in Western Australia.

App lets smartphone users shop
Blair Speedy AN Australian technology start-up has created a barcode-scanning app for smartphones it hopes will revolutionise online shopping.

Service Stream picks up strength
James Frost SERVICE Stream has learnt its lesson after losing money in some areas, says managing director Graeme Sumner.


Financial Markets

Dollar up on strong Wall Street
THE Australian dollar is up more than half a US cent, following a continuing positive week on US equity markets.

ASIC calls for tougher penalties
Targets for tourism 'not realistic'


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Mining & Energy

Chile's hot stuff for our juniors
Sarah-Jane Tasker AUSTRALIA'S junior explorers are making a beeline to Chile, but they face a growing Chinese presence in the copper-rich country.

Hess keeps options open on WA gas
Tin miners have success in the can


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2012-03-19 07:30:00.0 Today's Calendar of Events
2012-03-19 07:28:39.0 Chinese house prices fall again
2012-03-19 07:02:24.0 Dollar up on strong Wall Street
2012-03-19 06:24:18.0 Cisco lifts stake in video delivery
2012-03-19 01:09:23.0 Three-quarters of Aussies want more super
2012-03-19 00:00:00.0 ASIC calls for tougher penalties
2012-03-19 00:00:00.0 App lets smartphone users shop
2012-03-19 00:00:00.0 Surplus plan hits super savings
2012-03-19 00:00:00.0 Consumer M&A action in doldrums
2012-03-19 00:00:00.0 Not all bankers fret over image
2012-03-19 00:00:00.0 Targets for tourism 'not realistic'
2012-03-19 00:00:00.0 Chile's hot stuff for our juniors
2012-03-19 00:00:00.0 Aerospace endeavour takes off
2012-03-19 00:00:00.0 Hess keeps options open on WA gas
2012-03-19 00:00:00.0 Service Stream picks up strength


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