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Has Richard Branson Got it Right For Home Based Businesses?

April 12, 2013 | Robyn Henderson

Recently the CEO of Yahoo – Marissa Mayer declared that her 27,000 employees were no longer allowed to work from home. A Twitter meltdown kicked in to voice  a variety of opinions on teleworkers. Even Richard Branson blogged his opinion – in stark contrast to Marissa Mayer’s. “Many employees who work from home are extremely diligent, get […]



Political Stunt or Common Sense

April 2, 2012 | admin

Personally I’m over the moon about Tony Abbott’s recent suggestion for the Productivity Commission to investigate and cost the viability of the current childcare rebate being extended to cover in-home care. Is it a political stunt aimed at courting female voters as PM, Julia Gillard put it or just a plain common sense approach to childcare […]



Women in small business – have they been forgotten?

March 14, 2011 | admin

As part of last week’s IWD activites the Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis announced the appointment of Helen Conway as the Director of the Workplace Gender Equity Agency (WGEA). Previously known as the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA), it is a new federal body given new powers that […]



Female Employers Seeing Red (Tape)

November 16, 2010 | admin

Are you an employer? Hope you are ready for the extra burden and red tape that the Paid Parental scheme will impose on your business? Because unless there are some radical changes very soon the Government will expect you to become one of their Paid Parental Leave pay clerks?



Female PM – Do kids put women out of the game?

August 16, 2010 | admin

In the 20 years that I have been heading up WNA women have made headway in so many areas and in others there’s so much work to be done. Not sure if you caught the content of a recent survey of head hunters in the UK, it suggests that taking even a few months’ career break for the sake of children can harm a woman’s prospects of winning a top executive job.



What lack of childcare places? Government’s take is that you are just imagining it

April 26, 2010 | admin

Whilst women are continually finding it a struggle to secure childcare places, it seems, according to the Government, they are simply imagining there is an issue. Not sure if you read about it, but late last week the Rudd Government broke its 2007 election promise to build 260 new childcare centres. Apparently the reason behind […]



Imitation book lacks two vital ingredients

August 23, 2009 | admin

Recently, whilst shopping in K-Mart, I was a bit surprised to see one of the oldest and well known national women’s magazine’s name appearing on the cover of a book titled ‘Just Four Ingredients’. Now I might be wrong but didn’t the concept and idea of cooking with 4 Ingredients originally belong to bestselling authors […]



Babes are likely to be out of the budget

February 24, 2009 | admin

This week-end the Government will receive the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on Maternity Leave. It appears that after all the carry-on about this idea it’s not going to even get a look-in as part of the May Budget. It seems the Nation is not in an economic position to implement it – well the Government had heaps […]



Stimulus a no-go for many women

February 10, 2009 | admin

I have received hundreds of emails agreeing with my lack of enthusiasm for the Government’s proposed stimulus package. The consensus of opinion is that one off bonuses are not the way to go, but rather a combination of infrastructure projects, tax cuts and one off payments going only to those crippled by the economic fallout. In […]



Stimulus needs a re-think

February 9, 2009 | admin

How insignificant the economic woes of the Nation become when one considers the tragedy that’s unfolding in Victoria. Today you would be hard pressed to find anyone anywhere in the country complaining about their loss of employment or weeping over the hit they’ve taken on their investment or superannuation funds. It’s a sobering time for […]