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Rural Press Club Breakfast - ‘must attend’ Ekka event

A record crowd of more than 700 attended last week’s Rural Press Club of Queensland’s annual Ekka Breakfast, organised by the SAS Group’s event management team.

The large audience of agribusiness and farm organisation leaders, primary producers, politicians, government officials, and journalists gathered at the RNA to hear the guest speaker, David Foote, deliver the 2017 Malcolm McCosker Memorial Address.

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Amazon: Why the sky isn’t going to fall in for Aussie retailers

Guest Post - by Dominique Lamb of the NRA

Amazon is en route and pundits are out in force, tipping it’ll be the end of the retail world as we know it. National Retail Association CEO Dominique Lamb explains why the Aussie retail landscape will be as challenging for the US behemoth, as its arrival will be for us.

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Upfront and Trailing Commissions to Go

By Bernie Ripoll, Director

The Parliament recently passed legislation to change commissions paid to advisers in the Life Insurance sector that will commence on 1 January 2018.

The changes will mean reduced upfront commissions paid to advisers and the introduction of a cap to a maximum of 20 per cent for ongoing commissions.

Under the Future of Financial Advice reforms introduced in 2013, the insurance sector was not included in the reforms due to concerns at the time it would exacerbate the under-insurance problems in Australia, however, it was always the intention to return to the issue sometime later.

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Labor Party State Conference

By Nino Lalic, Senior Consultant

Over the weekend of 28-29 July, the Queensland ALP held its annual State Conference in Townsville.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill, welcomed more than 400 delegates as well as observers, hundreds of party members, and local, state and federal representatives to the capital of North Queensland.

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Ripoll warns of unpredictability of super

Our Director Bernie Ripoll spoke at the Class Connect superannuation industry conference in Sydney this week, sharing some of his experience and insights from his time as Assisstant Minister to the Federal Treasurer.  Here's some of the news coverage of his speech:

https://www.smsfadviser.com/news/15725-smsf-firms-cautioned-on-unpredictability-of-super

 

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