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Mar 25, 2012

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Revealed: Aus Post’s big price rises for SMEs, Qld set for payroll tax cuts, R&D cuts floated, Business savings up – meet five famous cheapskates

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We know Australia’s postal infrastructure is groaning under the weight of the online retail boom, and now we know who is going to pay for it – SMEs.

Today SmartCompany reveals that Australia Post has told SMEs bulk postal rates will rise 3.8% this year, even for companies in the middle of contracts with the government-owned giant.

We also look at reports R&D spending for mid-sized companies could be under threat, look at the push to get government funding for nannies and with business savings on the rise, we meet five famous entrepreneurial cheapskates.

And don’t forget to take the third annual SmartCompany Business Technology survey. You can even win an iPad 3.

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