A political shell game for small business?

TitleA political shell game for small business?
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2012
Tertiary AuthorsMazzarol, T
PublisherThe Conversation
Keywordsfederal budget, Small Business, taxation

The 2012 federal budget offers to return a modest surplus of $1.5 billion over the financial year 2012-2013, with the hope of further surplus budgets in the following years. In normal circumstances, this budget would not be particularly remarkable. However, in the context of a hung parliament and with the federal government’s popularity with voters at low ebb, this budget is of critical significance. Despite these positives, the overall impression one gets of this budget is that it is a political shell game. The federal government needs a political fix to give it a fighting chance at the forthcoming elections in 2013.