Self-employed happier at work but free time disappoints

The Australian Financial Review — Page: 46 : 11 December 2007
Original article by Damien Lynch

LexisNexis Summary
Australian researchers have found that self-employed people are more likely to have high levels of job satisfaction than salaried employees. However, while the perceived prosperity of self-employed Australians was far higher than that of employees, salaried workers reported greater satisfaction with their free time. The research was conducted by academics from Bond University, Murdoch University and Oregon State University.

Brush-off for small business

Sarah-Jane Collins’ (for The Age) opinion on the other hand is not as complimentary…

Small business owners are frustrated that they still do not have a voice in federal cabinet, after expectations that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd would promote the portfolio were dashed when the ministry was announced.

The chairman of the Council of Small Business of Australia said he was disappointed the Labor Government had not given small business a chair at the top table.

“I’m very disappointed in Prime Minister Rudd that he hasn’t recognised our importance by giving us a minister in cabinet,” Bob Stanton said as the first cabinet meeting was under way in Brisbane yesterday…

Mr Stanton said he had expected the Labor Government to move the portfolio into cabinet, but when the announcements were made last week the new minister, Craig Emerson, was in the outer ministry.


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