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T O S PA R K M A G A Z I N E Electoral Reflections The business world welcomed the re-election of the business-friendly Coalition government with voters stopping a lurch to the left by Labor. What a turnaround effected by Scott (“ScoMo”) Morrison, in such a short time. It will be interesting to see what he can do with a full term. Labor politicians said their loss was due to the electorate not understanding what Labor was proposing – the “too big a noble agenda” theory. More likely the truth was the exact opposite – Australians knew exactly what Labor was proposing and rejected it. The Hilary Clinton like “champagne celebration before the final whistle” embarrassed many, with only ~30% of voters opting for Labor on first preference. The Union movement’s big spending anti-business campaigns did Labor no favours either. With Labor’s new leader being from the far left, and the highly capable and well liked Tanya Plibersek not contesting a leadership role, the shift back to the centre, so essential for electoral victory may be difficult, if not impossible for Labor. The good news out of the election for SME’s is that Australia has a business savvy government that understands the importance of growth, a strong economy, and wealth creation. With that will come a period of stability, despite the inevitable challenges that will wash
over the Australian economy in the next three years. For over a hundred years we have heard (mostly foreign, especially Tasman cousin) commentators claim that the lucky country’s run of fortune is about to end. By now the lesson should have been learned - we Aussies are far too good for that! Much of the ongoing success is powered by SMEs. People like you. The BSI group As readers will be aware, Spark Magazine is part of the BSI group. In this issue we feature articles from one of BSI’s partners – Kate Engler – the Publicity Princess, and her clients. We also link to several great stories on the BSI Innovations website; list a range of interesting other articles carried by BSI; preview a ”hot” upcoming Business Builders Group (BBG) event; and carry some thought provoking stories from our regular contributors and subject matter experts. Engine Room The winter and spring months can be the engine room of a successful calendar year for SMEs - a time when much work is down to earn those summer holidays and year-end bonuses. The team at Spark Magazine wishes all SME readers a successful run at 2019.
Paul M Southwick Editor
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