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Articles by Paddy Manning

The 2014 Crikeys: Thodey, Gonski get the business gongs

Crikey’s business reporter shares his thoughts on the best and worst of the business world in 2014.

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Telstra wins, we all lose in NBN deal

We’ll get the broadband network we can afford — and unfortunately, we can’t afford much.

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Junkets and favours: how the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce makes friends

The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce is working hard to impress Australian business community, but there is another side of the story not being told.

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Is Qantas scrimping on safety?

Are the recent turnbacks and mechanical mishaps on Qantas planes related to the recent cost-cutting?

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‘Generally adequate’? How the big banks screw over small business

The Murray inquiry says the level of competition in banking is “generally adequate”. Tell that to small business owners.

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David Murray might be the only friend ASIC has left

Think ASIC is a toothless regulator that completely botched the CommBank scandal? So do most people — but the regulator has at least one friend in high places.

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‘A losing battle’: Naomi Klein on human sacrifice zones and why solar won’t save the world

Author Naomi Klein has issued a rallying cry for decisive action on climate change and an end to global inequality. And, bad luck, she says the solar panels on your roof are not going to cut it

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Naomi Klein on climate change, cooking the poor and the disgraceful Australia-Canada bond

Author Naomi Klein says it’s not necessarily that the Right doesn’t believe in climate change, it’s that they see economic advantage in drowning the poor.

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Sluggish and antiquated NBN coming soon to a node near you

The NBN Co is going to try to roll out broadband using whatever technology is currently available as soon as possible. That will get broadband into homes faster — but will it be outdated before it even arrives?

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Should we leave the Cooper Basin gas reserve right where it is?

No one disputes that there is a lot of shale gas in the Cooper Basin — but with falling oil prices, it might not be worth the cost of bringing it to the surface.

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Shrinking electricity networks still worth a bomb

The days of electricity companies driving up costs — and passing those costs on to their customers — are fading.

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Meet the finance academic preaching AGL-onomics

Is Queensland’s electricity grid caught in a death spiral due to its use of solar power? There are some flaws in the good professor’s argument …

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Investor frenzy around Medibank’s float completely ridiculous

Medibank is not a dot-com, and this insistence that it can only go up is nonsense.

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How the oil and gas lobby throws mud on peer-reviewed research

Crikey’s business editor pulls apart a pro-CSG press release that is, to put it politely, a little bit bullshit.

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Aboriginal well-being has improved, but the gap remains wide

Today’s report from the Productivity Commission shows indigenous Australians have improved their economic stability in the last 20 years, but there is still work to be done.

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Modi talks up Adani’s Galilee project, but even generous subsidies might not be enough

The Queensland government and Indian Prime Minister are both keen to mine the Galilee basin, but it will take more than goodwill to make the mines viable.

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While superpowers act on climate, Australia and India poised to double down on coal

Indian company Adani is the last man standing in the Galilee Basin — and it looks like approval for a giant mine there is all but assured.

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Does Australia have the stomach to go after corporate tax avoidance?

There is a lot of lofty talk about cracking down on multinational tax avoidance. But whether the Australian government has the will to make any concrete moves on it is another matter entirely.

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Looming ACCC decision will shape the future of brick-making

Are bricks set to go the way of thatched roofs? It all depends on the industry’s viability under new rulings.

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No DICE: Greg Hunt deceives the public about ‘clean’ coal project

Greg Hunt’s plan to reduce carbon emissions through cleaner coal is too little, too late.

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Bullying banks threaten govt over price-signalling

With the banks brow-beating the government over price-signalling, we can’t afford to dump laws that protect the public.

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Fairer share of mining profits still part of Whitlam’s unfinished business

Fairly and effectively taxing the mining industry has been the Labor party’s white whale for decades.

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Murky accounts and obfuscation keep Glencore’s tax bill well hidden

Fairfax has reported that mining giant Glencore Coal paid just $15 million to the Tax Office over the last three years. Glencore says it has paid $400 million — but details are thin on the ground.

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Oz v AFR: Why News Corp thinks it’s winning the battle for business readers

If Fairfax blinks, News Corp could corner a national monopoly on business news. Circulation figures show why The Australian has moved on the AFR’s turf.

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The Oz takes fight to the Fin (again) with beefed-up business section

The Australian is betting on business, with its new section designed to kick Fairfax’s Financial Review where it counts.

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