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Articles by Paddy Manning

Fox guarding the hen house? State government revenues raise regulatory questions

State governments shouldn’t be in charge of regulating the industries whose duties and taxes prop up their budget.

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‘We are burning our trust’: Abbott’s climate denials winning Australia no friends

Just as nothing will persuade the Michael Smiths of the world that Julia Gillard is innocent, we are well past the point where more evidence will persuade climate sceptics or those vested interests opposing climate action to change their tune.

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Loophole could allow telcos to squeeze out the NBN after all

If telcos take advantage of a loophole in the Telecommunications Act, the business model of the NBN could be undermined completely, costing taxpayers billions.

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Manning: we all hope for an Aussie submarine

There are reasons Australia should build submarines — and they are not all to do with cost.

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Multimillion-dollar real estate business in limbo amid claims of harassment and fraud

The directors of a digital real estate company have had a bitter falling out, with the courts to decide the company’s fate.

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Where did it go so wrong for NT miner Western Desert?

Western Desert is the latest victim of the iron ore crash, sure, but is there more at play?

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Cooking with gas: LNG pipeline proposed to supply east coast

APA wants to build a billion-dollar pipeline to connect the gas supply in the Northern Territory with the east coast. And that might not be such a bad idea …

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Big banks in collusion, says former big bank director

A former chairman of Woolworths and director of ANZ has unleashed an unprecedented spray against the big four banks — and against the big two supermarkets.

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Why is Colin Barnett the only one who wants a gas hub at James Price Point?

James Price Point looms as another zombie fossil fuel project — but that’s not stopping the WA Premier.

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The murky world of Tinkler’s Maules Creek approval revealed

More corruption and skulduggery has emerged in ICAC hearings, with Nathan Tinkler involved in much of it.

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Tinkler’s last roll of the dice to get back into the coal game

Nathan Tinkler wants back into the coal industry. But with three days left to raise some $40 million, has he bitten off more than he can chew?

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Now we know News’ losses — how do they compare with Fairfax’s?

Fairfax has always been more transparent about reporting its profits and losses on a granular level. Now we finally have the same information for News Corp. And guess which company comes out on top …

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Exclusive docs show News’ Australian papers dragging down the empire

Leaked documents show a forest of brackets in News Corp’s Australian newspapers, with The Australian particularly in the red. How long can the house that Rupert built sustain such body blows?

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Why Telstra’s David Thodey is filthy, filthy rich

Along with its strong full-year profit results, Telstra today published its remuneration report for 2013-14. It shows David Thodey’s total remuneration in the five full years since he became chief executive in May 2009 has reached $33 million.

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Recent bad news, but CommBank still making money hand over fist

The Commonwealth Bank appears to have successfully weathered recent storms, with today’s accounts confirming it remains an impregnable money-making machine.

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Fugitive CSG emissions are no big deal, right? Wrong.

You may have heard that the amount of methane that leaks into the atmosphere is similar to the amount produced by four cows. Not so fast …

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Screw consultation, let’s just ban stuff: how to really fight climate change

We’ve tried giving business lobbyists and spinmeisters the chance to voice their concerns over environmental regulation. That didn’t work. It’s time to play hardball — and businesses will gratefully fall in line.

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Rio throws down the gauntlet on iron ore

Rio Tinto is reporting spectacular profits, and it has no plans to slow down production of iron ore, even though prices are falling.

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‘The bust is already here’: can Rinehart make Galilee coal profitable?

GVK Hancock is betting a lot on its Galilee Basin coal project. But with angry neighbours and falling coal prices, will they really hit pay dirt?

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The curious case of Galilee Basin coal

Despite falling demand for coal and enormous climate consequences, the Abbott and Newman governments are pushing full steam ahead to open the world’s biggest coal mines.

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Transurban’s (toll) road to riches

You might want to buy shares in Transurban — the company is flush with your cash anyway.

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The next subprime mortgage crisis in the making

We’re not as immune from the mortgage lending laws that triggered the Global Financial Crisis as we might think.

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Israel still pulls business heavy hitters, but Palestine off the table

The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce has some big connections in the business world — and they are far too polite (and politic) to mention the current unpleasantness in Gaza.

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A Pyrrhic victory for miners as Moylan gets suspended sentence

Jonathan Moylan deserved the sentence he got — do the crime, do the time. But the bigger lie is the one spread by the coal industry — that we can continue to rely on fossil fuels.

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Meet Jack Tilburn, the octogenarian firebrand holding fat cats to account

Australia’s first shareholder activist is still holding court in AGMs around the country — but does he speak for all shareholders?

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