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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Mayne: sleeping chairman finally agrees to go … in 12 months

As aging Aurizon Holdings chairman John Prescott finally falls on his sword, Stephen Mayne looks around for more dead wood to cut.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 6 UNLOCK?

Keane: democratisation of communication — the real reason for data retention

The real reason for the push for data retention is the unhappiness of security agencies with the freedom the internet provides citizens, and the surveillance possibilities created by our embrace of that freedom.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Mayne: director protests overshadowing remuneration issues at AGMs

Protest votes are on the rise in AGM season. Is it a sign of a wider malaise?

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 38 UNLOCK?

From class warfare to patriotism — the hypocrisy of Abbott’s ‘mature debate’

The government’s capacity to prosecute a reform agenda will be undermined by the way it has squandered trust and goodwill in the electorate.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 39 UNLOCK?

Pyne’s higher education campaign echoes Labor’s mining tax debacle

In prosecuting the case for higher education deregulation, the government failed to consult with the industry and can’t muster evidence for its claims.

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BUSINESS | 17 UNLOCK?

World’s biggest tax dodger wants competitors to pay their damn taxes

The wisdom Rupert Murdoch offered to G20 finance ministers is simply more of the self-interest that has given us the inequality he rails against, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

How healthy are our banks? It’s time to end the secrecy

It’s time investors were told how Australian banks perform in stress tests — like overseas investors are told, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 16 UNLOCK?

Yanks could draft legislation for Australian Parliament under TPP

Even if the Trans Pacific Partnership is finalised, the US government will insist on dictating to other countries how it should be interpreted — and even changing it if it suits Congress.

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BUSINESS | 37 UNLOCK?

‘Unmitigated disaster’? We fact-check News Corp’s Whitlam haters

News Corp columnists have been tripping over themselves to slam Gough Whitlam’s economic legacy. But economist Tom Westland says in their haste they have overlooked quite a few salient details.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 11

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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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 4 UNLOCK?

ASIC flatlines at estimates as the regulator looks to relaunch

Despite efforts to declare a new era of aggressive financial planning regulation, ASIC still struggles with the basics with a diminishing budget.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 9 UNLOCK?

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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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Mayne: why the Senate should not abolish the 100-signature rule for EGMs

Big businesses do not need to be protected from shareholder activists hijacking EGMs, no matter what The Australian says.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 3 UNLOCK?

Mayne: why is the Oz spinning for an overpaid and underworked Rinehart?

Gina Rinehart’s abysmal attendance record at Ten Network board meetings has been conveniently omitted from the glowing coverage of her in The Australian.

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BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

Tinkler’s studs go to auction, with creditors — and the ATO — lining up

Former billionaire Nathan Tinkler will try to unload four horse properties — but with numerous outstanding debts, it’s unlikely Tinkler will get to keep much of the cash. Property Observer’s Jonathan Chancellor and Crikey’s Paddy Manning report.

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BEN SANDILANDS | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Virgin’s $1 acquisition of Tiger changes the game

Virgin is doubling down on its low-cost carrier, just as Singapore Airlines devotes all its attention to killing Jetstar in Asia.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

A Fairfax bid for Ten would be corporate suicide

There is no upside to buying Channel Ten — the network is an absolute basket case, and it does not look like there is a way to turn things around.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 4 UNLOCK?

‘Bolt and News Corp want a pound of something’: defamation case kicks off

David Barrows, an accountant and recently graduated lawyer, is representing himself as he sues News Corp and Andrew Bolt. The case starts in Melbourne today.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 10 UNLOCK?

Trade officials gather in Canberra — to undermine the national interest

Canberra is hosting the current round of talks to try to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty — despite the damage it will inflict on the national interest.

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DAVID LLEWELLYN-SMITH | BUSINESS | 15

Relaxing 457 visa laws will spoil the economic pie

Contrary to the Abbott government’s claims, flagged changes to the foreign worker 457 visa program won’t be good for the Australian economy.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 10

Your quick guide to multinational tax dodging

Multinational tax avoidance is a truly massive problem — but defining it is the first of many challenges.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 14

Who needs subs? Fairfax turns to reporter-only model

Can Fairfax’s papers survive without subeditors? The company’s giving it a red-hot go, as it entirely removes the function at three rural newspapers in New South Wales.

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BUSINESS | 23

The ANU’s in good company — whatever Abbott might advise investors

The ANU’s fossil fuel divestment strategy is hardly novel — plenty of investors are bailing out of fossil fuel stocks, and for more than just moral reasons, write Glenn Dyer, Bernard Keane and Paddy Manning.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 1

CPSU accuses SBS of ‘washing its hands’ of its workers

SBS says no workers will lose their jobs as a result of outsourcing its play-out facilities. But the CPSU says it can’t guarantee that.

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BUSINESS | 13

Abbott’s industry policy won’t achieve much — and that’s not a bad thing

The government’s new industry policy is small-scale and will achieve little - and that’s not a bad a thing, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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