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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 4 UNLOCK?

Calls for TPP transparency likely to fall on DFAT ears

There’s a consensus among independent economic agencies that we are going about “free trade agreements” the wrong way, but the government is unlikely to listen as it prepares to cave in to US intellectual property demands.

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BUSINESS | 6 UNLOCK?

Harper review revisits old territory populated by political cowards

While the Harper review is valuable, we already know what we need to do about competition in Australia, and we’re not doing it, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BUSINESS | 12

New TPP leak reveals how we’re trading our sovereignty for cheap tariffs

WikiLeaks has published the secret investment chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dr Matthew Rimmer, associate professor at ANU College of Law, explains its insidious implications.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Business bites: boom town … dollar down … world renown …

Maybe we shouldn’t be idolising the UK economy quite so much. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | BUSINESS | 3 UNLOCK?

Twiggy’s ‘cartel’ won’t turn Fortescue around — not for all the steel in China

A combination of inaccurate economic forecasting, a demand-side slump, and erratic behaviour from its chairman, Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, has left iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group in dire straits.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 17 UNLOCK?

Reformers, overlook fairness in tax at your peril

If reformers overlook the importance of fairness in taxation, they’ll end up further undermining already fragile voter confidence in our tax system.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Essential: what voters want on tax reform

Voters’ idea of tax reform is very different from economists’, today’s Essential Report shows.

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BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Business bites: consumers won’t spend … iron ore descends … oil slump trend …

Despite an increase in their disposable income, US consumers aren’t spending. And other business tidbits of the day.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Mayne: revealing the top listed chairs who were rushed into the job

The Australian Shareholders’ Association recommends someone be on a board for three to four years before nailing the top spot, but here are some chairs who got their feet under the desk quick smart.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

It’s time to close this company tax loophole

The tax white paper urges a review of dividend imputation, which has now strayed from its original goals, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Mayne: has Slaters gone OTT with $1.225b takeover splurge in UK?

Slater and Gordon wans to buy UK legal business Quindell’s for $1.225 billion. Has it bitten off more than it can chew?

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 19 UNLOCK?

Treasury’s panacea: surrender to tax dodgers

On multinational tax avoidance, the government white paper is a white flag, proposing a surrender to large corporations.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

The Oz continues to digest Biz Spec, as Kohler’s end date nears

In a little over a year, Alan Kohler will have completed his four-year commitment to News Corp. He’ll hand over the reins before then, as Business Spectator is absorbed into The Australian.

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Business bites: panic in Greece … gas projects cease … iron ore decrease …

It won’t be a very happy Easter in Greece, with the country due to repay a 45 million euro loan by April 9. Plus other business tidbits.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 19 UNLOCK?

Data retention laws will get worse, with VPNs the only winners

Australians are always moving to hide themselves from mass surveillance. That’s why security agencies won’t stop at data retention.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Mayne: Corbett finally backs a successor at Fairfax

It can be tricky to find a suitable board replacement for yourself, but Roger Corbett has finally done it.

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BEN SANDILANDS | BUSINESS | 14

What if the real threat on an airplane is inside the cockpit?

We have always worried about keeping baddies out of the cockpit. Should we start worrying about who is inside?

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BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Business bites: govt lags … Twiggy cops slag … oil price flags …

The Reserve Bank says Abbott must start investing in new schooling infrastructure. And other business tidbits of the day.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 3 UNLOCK?

Exclusive: Gerry Harvey gets richer while small shareholders miss out

Gerry Harvey’s small shareholders did not take up the opportunity to participate in an equity raising at a heavily discounted price. But Harvey himself sure did.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | 9 UNLOCK?

RBA on Australian banks: don’t trust ‘em

The RBA has some choice words for Australian banks, and they would do well to sit up and pay attention.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 8 UNLOCK?

Fraser’s final political legacy looked forward and back

At his death, Malcolm Fraser was preparing for another act in his political life, with a party intended to address the deep disenchantment of many Australians toward politics.

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BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Business bites: investor smorgasbord … Buffett takes Heinz on board … Hertz falls on its sword …

Yes, over-lending to investors is a problem for the housing market, but it has been for a while. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BEN SANDILANDS | BUSINESS | 5 UNLOCK?

Germanwings crash: what we know so far

There is nothing known that adversely reflects on the safety culture nor maintenance of Germanwings, but what caused the A320 to crash?

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BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Fin Review Sunday gets the boot

Financial Review Sunday is no more, with Nine axing the program for not being commercially viable. It’s just the latest in a long line of failures to make business journalism work on TV, write Myriam Robin and Glenn Dyer.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Business bites: cheap cash … dairy thrashed … Greece smashed …

Greece is almost out of money, the NFL wants to stream gridiron games, and Australia’s just secured a sweet $4.25 billion.

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