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Articles by Paddy Manning

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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Whether canoes or subs, defence procurement needs to be more transparent

The Australian government needs to rethink the way it spends taxpayer money on submarines, as well as fighter jets and tanks.

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Watchdog or Lapdog: are journalists anti-business?

Could the political leanings of a journalist affect the way they cover business stories? It could be a bigger factor than it seems.

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Has a resurgent zombie WorkChoices come to eat your penalty rates?

The spectre of WorkChoices visits again as employers and industry groups lobby for industrial relations reform.

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Watchdog or Lapdog: why did financial journos fail to see the GFC coming?

Almost none of Australia’s business journalists sounded notes of caution in early 2007. How did they get it so spectacularly wrong?

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25 years on, Hawke’s climate change crisis still ignored by Australian govt

The problem was there 25 years ago, but Australia still lags behind the rest of the world in the struggle against climate change.

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Watchdog or Lapdog: why should you read the business pages?

Now that the dust has settled on the global financial crisis, we have to ask ourselves: is our business press holding the powerful to account? Is it more watchdog or lapdog? And what is the point of business journalism, anyway?

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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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