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Articles by Adam Schwab

Footy fail: the AFL has lost its way

The AFL is dedicated to making a profit and pleasing broadcasters, with footy club members taken for granted. It’s a pity the AFL is not run more like US sports teams.

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Meet the highly paid business matchmakers accountable to no one

Myer hired a highly paid executive on the recommendation of a recruitment firm, then quickly fired him when his CV turned out not to be all it had seemed. What do recruiters do, anyway?

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How the property bubble is making us poorer (you wouldn’t read about it)

Even if you own your home, higher property values just means higher rates and taxes, which means less money in your pocket. The only ones who benefit from the bubble are those in the property industry — and of course, the property press.

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After Babcock & Brown’s collapse, its money men try again

Remember Babcock & Brown, Australia’s greatest corporate failure? The brains behind it are at it again, finding corporate Australia in a forgiving mood.

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Lauded as the AFL’s saviour, but Demetriou missed the mark

Andrew Demetriou will retire at the end of this season, amid accolades and praise. But was he actually good for AFL?

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As Cootes is grounded, Rowsthorn heads back to the top

Behind the grounding of truck fleet Cootes was one of the worst floats in Australian history. The company’s parent McAleese crashed on the sharemarket under former Asciano boss Mark Rowsthorn.

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A letter from my $300m yacht: stop persecuting richies like Jews

An uber-rich venture capitalist has broken cover from the mysterious world of big money to hit out at the persecution of richies — just like the Jews in World World II. Seriously.

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Is Freelancer a $600m company? Behind the online market splash

Freelancer launched with a bang on the stock exchange last year. But can CEO Matt Barrie justify the faith investors have paid him? There’s big challenges ahead.

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The business crims and characters who made our year

It was a good year to read the business pages. Here are some of the top characters who caught our fancy in 2013 — from Gina Rinehart to Walk King and Frank O’Halloran.

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The curse of the celebrity CEO: QBE’s O’Halloran joins the list

Celebrity CEOs get their names in the paper and their bank accounts in the black — but their effect on their companies’ share price is not so rosy. QBE’s Frank O’Halloran is the latest example.

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A Birdcage flutter: how the boldly rich and beautiful spend Cup day

The Melbourne Cup Day carnival draws the rich and famous like no other event in Australia. Crikey snooped around the birdcage enclosure to see who was swilling champers with who.

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Law firms’ pyramid scheme model coming undone

Why are law firms no longer raking in their rivers of gold? And is there anything to be done to save the industry?

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Is AusPost boss’ $4.8 million salary pushing the envelope?

Ahmed Fahour, the head of AusPost, has been paid an extraordinary $4.8 million. Should he really be paid 10 times more than his American and Canadian counterparts?

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If only BRW innovated like the people it profiled

Options were open to Fairfax management that could have kept BRW going, but they weren’t tested.

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How Leighton Holding’s bosses built their fortunes

The corruption and bribery allegations against Wal King and construction giant Leighton Holdings are damning. Particularly when you consider what some executives were being paid.

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Ten million reasons to worry about the AFL Commission

Buddy Franklin’s $10-million defection to the Swans has highlighted the AFL Commission’s faults. Here are three of the most concerning, according to Adam Schwab.

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Prime target: Bill Lewski, the $33m fee and a question of Trust

Bill Lewski and his colleagues at Prime Trust are accused of making expensive and fraudulent transactions. But ASIC is treading very carefully.

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Essendon was stupid, but it’s the AFL with governance issues

James Hird and the Essendon football club have been at least reckless, but it’s the AFL with the most questions to answer in a drugs saga set to spoil this year’s final series for fans.

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Tom Waterhouse plays the odds with $100m sale

Tom Waterhouse might not have walked away with the mountains of cash that have been reported from the sale of his eponymous betting business. So why sell at all?

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How McKinsey went from white-shoe firm to criminal incubator

The cream of the crop of management consulting firms used to be McKinsey. But the recent alumni of the firm have had a less than sparkling record of late.

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The best Australian dot.com investments ever made

Think the dot.com boom only happened in Silicon Valley? Think again — some Aussies made a lot of money backing internet companies. We take a look at some of the success stories.

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An Iconic loss: $45m down, online retailer spirals out of control

The Iconic is still being hailed as a revolutionary online retailer success story. But its books are in a bad way, with estimates of a $45 million hole the company may not get out of.

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How the mighty are falling: the cases of iSelect and Centro

Health insurance comparison website iSelect is not exactly “shooting out the lights” in its IPO. And two of the key players in the Centro disaster are teaming up again.

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AFL’s expansion plans get the wooden spoon

The AFL should never have created the Gold Coast Suns and Greater Western Sydney Giants. They are a noose around the neck of the other 16 clubs. What was the code thinking?

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As Craig Gore enjoys the river views, ASIC is circling

Regulators are circling twice-bankrupt Gold Coast business tycoon Craig Gore ahead of a Federal Court case later this year. But he’s still living in luxury in a $1300-per-week river-side rental.

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