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Articles by Paddy Manning

Business lays waste to government and fourth estate

Hard-hitting business journalism is more important than ever, with businesses flagrantly running roughshod over Parliament. But there are fewer and fewer journos up to (and supported in) the task.

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‘They know coal is coming to an end’: Bob Massie on the death of the mining boom

People on the ground are ready to make the transition to a non-mining economy, but the government and big mining companies are doubling down on coal.

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Meet the former public servant running the jobs firm accused of fudging the books

A low-profile WA former public servant owns the ORS group, which featured in an explosive Four Corners investigation on Monday night.

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New Telstra boss Andy Penn’s run-in with watchdog lingers

What did Andrew Penn do that got him in such hot water with APRA?

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‘This is not a second-rate product’: NBN contractor defends cable

Defenders of the government’s mixed-technology NBN plan say fibre isn’t that great anyway and that existing pay TV cables will do just fine.

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Origin’s LNG excitement fades as black gold loses its lustre

Origin Energy is still making money, but its bigwigs (and shareholders) would be a lot happier if oil were still $100 a barrel.

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Japan Post deal tolls an ominous note for Australia Post

Last year’s free trade agreement with Japan has inspired a business acquisition that could spell doom for Australia Post.

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Pacific Brands continues to unravel

Clothing manufacturer Pacific Brands has posted another set of depressing figures. Can anything save the ailing Aussie icon?

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Even gas execs admit that we don’t need more gas drilling in NSW

Some coal seam gas types are saying NSW will face a gas shortage this winter. This is nonsense, and they know it.

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Buddy, can you spare some bandwidth? How Telstra is going to let strangers use your wi-fi

Telstra is raking in the cash thanks to the NBN, but Australia is still languishing with slow broadband speeds.

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A brief history of Rinehart’s loss-making stake in Ten

Iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart has sunk $208.1 million dollars into the ailing Ten Network. So, has she gotten bang for her buck?

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The cheap, easy way Abbott can win votes — and maybe save the planet

There’s a very easy way for Abbott to get a substantial part of the electorate back on side …

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Where are all these jobs Abbott is supposedly creating?

Tony Abbott is right to say the government is creating 4000 jobs a week. But are they real jobs, and are they in the areas Australia needs?

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Hockey bets it all on a rate cut, but will the banks save his bacon?

The banks haven’t a leg to stand on when it comes to claiming they can’t pass on the RBA’s rate cut in full. But they might withhold some of it anyway.

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Watermark coal mine approval fires up just about everyone

Farmers, greenies and even Alan Jones are out for blood over the controversial Liverpool Plains mine plans.

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Harry Triguboff could be in for an $15 billion payday — if he ever sells

Harry Triguboff could leapfrog over Gina Rinehart as Australia’s richest person — if he ever sells his lucrative property business, that is.

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Gut feelings and ‘common sense’: what Jeff Kennett brings to Coles remediation

Coles has turned to the former Victorian premier to sort out that bit of bother with its suppliers.

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Spinout: CommBank glosses financial planning scandal

Last year’s scandal over the behaviour of the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planners was a big deal, right? Well, not if you ask the bank itself.

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Profits rise, quality called into question in aged-care industry

Reforms to the aged-care industry have made running those businesses more profitable. But at what cost to the people they’re supposed to be caring for?

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The Glencore tax gaffe the media can’t tell you about

Glencore took a risk appointing the former head of BP as its director of environment and safety. But a blunder committed while under Chatham House rules suggests he remains as gaffe-prone as ever.

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Essential: voters overwhelmingly reject penalty rates cuts

Voters resoundingly denounce changes to penalty rates, while Bill Shorten surges ahead in politics of personality.

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‘Catch-22′ — the paradox of peak oil in a volatile market

So long as economic growth is dependent on fossil fuels, we will suffer the gyrations of an increasingly volatile oil market.

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Watchdog or Lapdog: business journalism is faltering while other investigations rise

Business journalists don’t rate ASIC to hold businesses to account, so believe their work to be vital. But it’s declining, at the same time papers devote more time to other investigations. Legal challenges, and the concerns of advertisers, take their toll.

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A $100 billion investment with no proper tender: Defence hurtles down a familiar path

Australia’s submarine program could easily cost $100 billion over the coming decades. But the Department of Defence is repeating yesterday’s mistakes, embarking on a rushed purchase from an unproven supplier.

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Watchdog or Lapdog: what makes a good business journalist?

Business journalists can be dogged by self-doubt and the perennial threat of redundancy. The good ones persevere with a potent mix of curiosity, good humour and a belief in the public interest.

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