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Posted on Dec 6, 2016

What will Trump do with Obamacare now that Republican party has Congress majority, Dentons

What will Trump do with Obamacare now that Republican party has Congress majority, Dentons

Obamacare – what will Trump do? During the course of his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly promised to repeal and replace President Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Republican Party’s continuing majorities in both chambers of Congress, coupled with an incoming Republican president, have now put the law’s future in serious question. But whether Republicans can craft a legislative alternative that enough of their conference will support remains an open question.

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Posted on Nov 23, 2016

Child care, ‘experiential’ businesses and the buy-and-build strategy are the hot areas of private equity for 2017, Minter Ellison report

The hot areas of private equity for 2017: Child care, ‘experiential’ businesses (tourism, hospitality, fitness and wellness), and the ‘buy-and-build’ strategy of rolling-up related businesses in fragmented markets to create businesses of scale are the hot sectors for 2017. Read the Minter Ellison Directions in Private Equity Report 2016 report which also gives a rundown of PE activity in Australia in 2016, as well as the trends and drivers for next year.

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Posted on Oct 27, 2016

The Qld Govt has set gender equity targets to ensure 50% of board members are women, Deloitte Access Economics

Gender diversity on boards:  Nothing like being on the front foot. The Qld Govt has set gender equity targets ensuring that 50% of new board appointees to Qld government bodies must be women by 2020. The report by Deloitte Access Economics is the first step in a suite of activities to increase women’s representation on government boards. For more go to

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Posted on Oct 18, 2016

The risk function of an organisation is a critical but costly area to maintain, KPMG

Risky business and disruption:  The risk function of an organisation has a critical role, but it can be a costly area to maintain. A continually changing risk landscape, new regulations, the need to refresh specialist capabilities and a fast-paced, global and competitive environment put immense strain on the function. An informative series of articles from KPMG. For more go to

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Posted on Oct 10, 2016

How to tap into the talent pool of Australians who have culture, language and business skills to operate in Asia, PWC diaspora report

Our diaspora’s got talent:  By 2030 four of the world’s five largest economies will be in Asia (namely China, Japan, India and Indonesia).  There are many Australians who have the cultural and language skills, business acumen and contacts, to operate effectively in Asia. Look at PWC’s report for 13 recommendations on how to tap this talent pool.

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Posted on Oct 3, 2016

It’s not just multinationals that face anti-avoidance penalties following BEPS – now it’s all online retailers, Grant Thornton

How new tax laws disrupt retail: Multinationals have been getting all the airplay when it comes to anti-avoidance. Until now. It seems that all retailers large or small engaged in ecommerce are exposed to a changing tax landscape following the release of the G20s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) action plan. If they don’t comply, they’ll face penalties, loss of reputation and much, much more. Some interesting insights from Grant Thornton’s Gayle Dickerson.

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Posted on Sep 26, 2016

Why not for profits are tied up in knots over financial reporting, CPA

The not for profit sector is still bound by red tape despite reform, and in a bind when it comes to financial reporting. So says CPA’s Alex Malley who explains four key points on financial reporting. Well worth a read if you’re in the sector, or you’re considering establishing a NFP entity. For more go to

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Posted on Sep 12, 2016

Where are the hottest jobs according to the latest Hays Quarterly Report

Hays Quarterly Report on jobs: If you’d like to know which skills are in demand, or what recruiting, salary or candidate trends are impacting your sector, Hays Quarterly Report has the answers. The report is a guide to current hotspots of recruitment activity and trends and is updated each quarter to reflect changing market conditions. For more go to

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