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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 5 UNLOCK?

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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BUSINESS | 3 UNLOCK?

What Murdoch really gets out of Time Warner (and it’s not Westeros)

Why does Rupert Murdoch want to buy Time Warner? It’s not for HBO — he might just want to take on a little American network called ESPN. Crikey business writers Paddy Manning and Glenn Dyer explain.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Mayne: Woodside discloses proxies early, special Shell deal headed for defeat

Early proxies disclosure ahead of “knife-edge” Woodside vote tomorrow sets new precedent for an ASX 100 company.

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GUY RUNDLE | BUSINESS | 41 UNLOCK?

Rundle: how job application scheme will kill the Coalition’s base

The government wants job-seekers to apply for 40 jobs every month. All well and good, but what about those businesses that have to process them all? Crikey’s writer-at-large crunches the numbers.

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BUSINESS | 7 UNLOCK?

Standard and Poor’s invents a poor debt standard. Let’s call their bluff!

Standard & Poor’s arbitrary warning about debt provides a great opportunity for Australia if we want to do something about the stubbornly high dollar, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 19 UNLOCK?

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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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 9 UNLOCK?

Business Council goes back to the ’80s for its latest warning of woe

The BCA’s latest economic vision — its second in a year — is a return to the sort of thinking discredited in the 1980s, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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ADAM SCHWAB | BUSINESS | 7 UNLOCK?

Prime Trust directors face class action for alleged secret bonus payments

Bill Lewski and fellow Prime Trust directors, already found guilty of corporate law breaches by the Federal Court, now face a class action for allegedly authorising secret multi-million dollar payments for themselves.

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BEN SANDILANDS | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Is air travel becoming less safe?

We have witnessed three fairly big plane crashes in the last two weeks, and already nervous flyers are even more on edge. But is this an anomaly, or is air travel less safe than we think? Crikey’s aviation reporter explains.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 13 UNLOCK?

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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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 5 UNLOCK?

The evidence is in: copyright net censorship just won’t work

The government’s key proposal to halt filesharing has demonstrably failed overseas, and has dangerous implications for free speech.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

China ‘recovery’ more a dead cat bounce

The one sector that is not seeing growth is the one most important to Australian mining: housing in China.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 4 UNLOCK?

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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GILES PARKINSON | BUSINESS | 6 UNLOCK?

Fossil fuel dinosaurs fudge the numbers to serve their interests (and save you 50c a week)

Fears about the impact of the RET on households have proved to be a furphy.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 19 UNLOCK?

Government flags copyright crackdown to overturn iiNet decision

The government wants to make it easier for the copyright industry to sue ISPs and force them to censor the internet, according to a draft paper about to be circulated.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 5 UNLOCK?

Macquarie ‘millionaire factory’ is back in business

Six years after surviving a share dive at the height of the GFC, Macquarie is back with a glowing thumbs up for its renumeration report.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 19 UNLOCK?

Invented budget ‘crisis’ hides incoherence and inconsistency

The “budget crisis” created by the Senate is an invention: the government has walked away from billions in additional revenue itself.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 21 UNLOCK?

A sober reflection on the so-called ‘alcohol epidemic’

The latest hard evidence shows that Australians are drinking significantly less, despite relentless claims of an “alcohol epidemic” from the public health lobby.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 7 UNLOCK?

Why you should care about FoFA, even if you have no money to manage

The government’s Future of Financial Advice reforms are law (just about). But what do they actually mean? And if you don’t have a financial adviser, why should you care? Crikey’s business editor breaks it down.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 3 UNLOCK?

Female workplace participation thrown out with parental leave bathwater

The Productivity Commission wants a more efficient and effective childcare system, but doesn’t hold out much hope it will spur participation.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 27

Hunt pins hopes on uncompetitive clean coal technology

Analysis of cost forecasts for clean coal technology suggests it is uncompetitive compared to renewables.

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BEN SANDILANDS | BUSINESS | 45

MH17: why a commercial jet was flying over a war zone

The Russian separatists who shot down MH17 allegedly thought it was a military target — though it was easily distinguishable as a commercial plane.

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Can we have financial reform when banks are too big to regulate?

The demonstration of bank power on the FOFA repeal illustrates the challenge of effectively regulating a sector that is beginning to dominate the Australian economy, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS |

A gerrymander to make Sir Joh proud: how the Time Warner deal would cement the Murdoch clan

What happens next is difficult to predict as Time Warner offer dwarfs all other bids in Murdoch’s acquisition history.

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BEN SANDILANDS | BUSINESS | 10

Think plane seats are uncomfortable now? Just you wait …

If Airbus and Boeing have their way, the merely uncomfortable and irritating act of air travel is about to become downright torturous, with stand-up or “crotch crusher” “seats” mooted for planes.

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