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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 5 UNLOCK?

Could Robb have protected Australia from corporate lawsuits?

Other states have grappled with the issues around investor-state dispute settlement. Andrew Robb has failed to learn from them.

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Business bites: the boom in Spain … no more Irish pain … oil profits drain …

Guess whose economy is performing better than Australia’s? Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Mayne: shareholder rights up for debate on carbon emissions

A landmark ruling in the Federal Court tomorrow could have big implications for the future of shareholders’ rights in Australia.

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Business bites: rate-rise hour … Twitter growth dour … Chinese power …

Facebook’s growth is outstripping Twitter. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Business bites: coal in the red … CarsGuide misled … VW ahead …

Carsales has defeated CarsGuide in the Victorian Supreme Court. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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BUSINESS | 6 UNLOCK?

Would the ALP’s ‘Buffett tax’ put an end to tax-rorting millionaires?

Some 55 millionaires paid no tax at all in 2012-13, and they claimed an average of $700 in benefits. Economist and freelance journalist Jason Murphy says that doesn’t necessarily mean they are rorters, but the chances are pretty good …

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 40 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s new treaty a win for lawyers, corporations, but a loss for Australia

ISDS benefits only corporations, and governments lose out even when they win, the evidence shows.

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BUSINESS | 4 UNLOCK?

Ten boss’ shock exit stuns industry, leaves many suspicious

Hamish McLennan’s sudden departure from Network Ten came as a surprise to just about everyone in the industry. Well, almost everyone. Glenn Dyer and Myriam Robin report.

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Business bites: cheap oil … coal spoiled … markets on the boil …

The price of oil is still falling. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Business bites: talking inflation … rate cut causation …

Is underlying inflation out of control? Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Mayne: Macquarie complains about compliance — McCann you believe the hypocrisy?

For two months now, the full board of Macquarie has been wasting everyone’s time. Yesterday’s AGM wasn’t much different.

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Business bites: Amazon king … Trump loses that ka-ching! … Merc sales spring …

Just how much is Donald Trump worth? And other business tidbits of the day.

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BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Economic reform: two independent public servants offer a way forward

The debate about economic reform is too often about self-interest. This week, two senior independent public servants have offered a more useful take, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

Business Bites: Kiwis cut … debtors strut … Twiggy’s glut …

Think Australians are crippled by household debt? Think again. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BUSINESS | 4 UNLOCK?

Stronger CPI result suggests real wage drop

A slightly stronger CPI result won’t trouble the Reserve Bank but means workers are continuing to look at declining real wages, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Business bites: Apple sales’ mismatch … a good catch … money snatch …

Apple is the bluest of blue-chip stock, right? Well … Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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BUSINESS | 9

Can we really raise GST but improve the lot of the poor?

Beware the assumptions underpinning politicised economic modelling, write Richard Denniss and Cameron Amos from The Australia Institute.

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BUSINESS | 3 UNLOCK?

Productivity Commission rocks Abbott’s anti-trade union narrative

A new Productivity Commission puts claims about a productivity crisis in context — and suggests politicians should think small when it comes to infrastructure, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Business bites: time to buy gold? … John Key gets bold … less milk sold …

Gold has got surprisingly cheap since the start of the year. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

APRA’s capital move may put a lid on house prices

APRA has responded to the Murray Inquiry’s call for higher residential mortgage capital requirements for banks, which may have flow-on effects through the economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

Mayne: more director club shenanigans to prevent external challengers

Boards seem very frightened about letting an actual outsider join their cosy ranks.

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Business bites: powers combined … tax reform blind … China in a bind …

The Australian and the AFR are joining forces to tell us about the digital future. No one seems to have told them the digital future is already here and they missed it.

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Business bites: cheese trough … no more cough … Barbie drops off …

Seems Facebook and smartphones are just that much cooler than Barbie these days. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 6

Activist Reserve Bank joins the negative gearing critics

The Reserve Bank has joined the chorus of criticism of negative gearing, in defiance of the government’s enthusiasm for it, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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BUSINESS | 5

Business bites: Canucks in the red … BHP misread … coal is dead …

Canada headed for recession, with same economic preconditions as Australia. And other business tidbits of the day.

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