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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 1

No new taxes to see here, just plenty of ‘loophole closing’

As the Netflix tax example shows, pretty much anything can be dressed up as “tax integrity” or “level playing field” or “loophole” if that’s how you want to portray it.

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BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Business bites: meeting of minds … China’s bind … will the Fed be kind? …

Australia’s Big Four banks have all tightened their lending. Independently, of course. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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ERIC BEECHER | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Beecher: the thrill of power

In the final installment of a five-part series, Private Media’s publisher looks at how media moguls wield power behind closed doors, and influence important societal outcomes.

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BUSINESS | 10 UNLOCK?

Royal commission attack on industry super comes a cropper

The trade union royal commission has attacked industry super funds at the exact moment new evidence emerges of how strongly they outperform bank-run retail super, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

Business bites: bankers fined … BHP on the line … free market’s just fine …

Banks in the US have been handed billions of dollars in fines, but no one is going to jail. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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BUSINESS | 8

What the ‘phenomenal’ small business write-off is really worth

Get ready for a lot more asset write-off announcements in future, writes economist and journalist Jason Murphy.

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BUSINESS | 5 UNLOCK?

Will the free market save the world?

The author of a new book on ethical investing thinks the market will sort out the complicated ethics of money. But freelance journalist James Rose has his doubts …

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Business bites: PM’s capitulation … so much for deflation … ad stagnation …

Let’s have an inquiry into iron ore pricing, says Twiggy. Let’s not, say big players Rio and BHP. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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Business bites: Woolies’ cheap chop … red tape cops … Syriza flops …

Woolies sacks top brass. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 15 UNLOCK?

Iron ore inquiry is populism from a fair-weather free-market friend

What exactly would an iron ore inquiry achieve other than satisfy the populist cravings of a government that once cheered on the big miners? Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

Essential: thumbs up for the budget, but no bounce for the Coalition

Voters like the 2015 budget much more than last year, but don’t think they’ll benefit and don’t think it will help with Australia’s “budget emergency”, today’s Essential Report shows.

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BUSINESS | 4 UNLOCK?

How Uber rolled the taxi lobby and won the world

Uber is a mega-success because it is such a snazzy app, right? Wrong, writes economist and journalist Jason Murphy.

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BUSINESS | 7 UNLOCK?

Kiwis move hard and fast on Auckland property bubble

The Kiwis have moved hard against a bubble in its biggest property market. When will Australian regulators do the same, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane ask.

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BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Business bites: China’s bailout … US consumers’ doubt … P&G ad drought …

China just approved the continuation of huge financial stimulus to failed infrastructure projects. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 10 UNLOCK?

War on mums, war on China — all part of budget week games

The government’s attacks on working mothers this week managed to grab attention when it was hoping all eyes would be focused on small business handouts.

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Business bites: RBA’s Lowe … China’s woe … gold is slow …

Chinese steel production keeps sliding. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 4 UNLOCK?

Sluggish wages growth already undermining budget narrative

Sluggish wages growth is already undermining the budget’s growth forecasts — and the Reserve Bank’s too, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 10 UNLOCK?

Time for Liberals to admit they’re the party of big government

The Abbott government will not merely return Australia to the high-taxing years of the Howard government, it will exceed the Whitlam government in its spending.

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BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Business bites: dollar bites … airlines take flight … Saudi might …

OPEC is sticking it to US shale-oil producers. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BUSINESS | 7

Secret lobbying is pervasive and insidious

To re-establish integrity in government departments, we must first deal with the problem of vested-interests lobbying, writes former senior public servant and diplomat John Menadue.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

Government commits billions to make Australia less safe

There is tonnes of money in the budget for “national security”, i.e. the ongoing alienation of Muslims.

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BUSINESS | 5

Govt to unemployed: get a job, ya bum, even if there are none

Why is the government so opposed to public-sector employment? Policy analysts and Governomics authors Ian McAuley and Miriam Lyons examine the government’s myopia.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 6 UNLOCK?

Multinational winners and grinners emerge from budget mayhem

Much of the benefit of the government’s budget handout to small business will flow into the bottom lines of companies being targeted for multinational tax avoidance, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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BUSINESS | 12 UNLOCK?

Why Hockey’s small business splurge is a waste of money

Treasurer Joe Hockey announced some overly generous budget packages for Australian small businesses. This is a mistake, writes freelance journalist and economist Jason Murphy.

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BUSINESS | 5 UNLOCK?

Business bites: El Nino’s impact doubles … stuck in a budget bubble … TPP in trouble …

Senior Abbott darlings will avoid having to answer sticky questions about the budget. And other business tidbits of the day.

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