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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | UNLOCK?

Mayne: governance issues aplenty for Costello to tackle at Nine

Conflicts of interest ran up against extreme tedium at the Nine Entertainment Company’s recent AGM.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 9 UNLOCK?

How the oil and gas lobby throws mud on peer-reviewed research

Crikey’s business editor pulls apart a pro-CSG press release that is, to put it politely, a little bit bullshit.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 15 UNLOCK?

Keane: govt hoisted by its own FOFA petard

The government’s half-smart decision to try to sneak its repeal of FOFA through parliament has ended up costing it dearly.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | 6 UNLOCK?

Murdoch and the Saudi prince: Mayne plots the scenarios

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he “never votes” against Rupert Murdoch. But Crikey’s founder finds that the numbers don’t quite stack up …

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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES | 1 UNLOCK?

A fourth network by stealth? Media buyers shrug off SBS’ threat to commercials

The TV networks are in uproar about the increase of ads on SBS, saying it’ll pull millions from their revenues. But ad buyers don’t think it’ll play out like that.

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COMPANIES | 12 UNLOCK?

How much of the Murdoch agenda has the government delivered?

The government is well on the way to delivering the Murdochs what they want in media policy, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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COMPANIES | 14 UNLOCK?

Mark Scott gets some gratuitous advice — from duds

The ABC isn’t short of gratuitous advice from its media rivals — despite the inept performance of the latter, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 15 UNLOCK?

Keane: will Brandis and Turnbull go after encryption next?

The growing use of encryption and anonymisation tools by companies and consumers is infuriating security agencies and the copyright industry. When will they move against them?

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 6

Modi talks up Adani’s Galilee project, but even generous subsidies might not be enough

The Queensland government and Indian Prime Minister are both keen to mine the Galilee basin, but it will take more than goodwill to make the mines viable.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | 9 UNLOCK?

Mayne: even the Saudi Prince has turned on Rupert — not that you’d read it in the media

Rupert Murdoch protected his own at News Corp’s AGM, but if he had not gerrymandered the voting shares, he himself could have been chucked off News Corp’s board.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES | 7

News Corp increases its dominance as Fairfax circulation in freefall

It’s red everywhere, but Fairfax’s print circulation declines have been the deepest, ABC data reveals.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | 7 UNLOCK?

Mayne v Murdoch round two: Rupert addresses that infamous Crikey leak

Crikey’s founder certainly brought the hard questions to News Corp’s octogenarian chairman — and it turns out Rupert Murdoch reads Crikey with a close eye.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 9

Surprise! It’s another good war for defence contractors

The share prices of the defence contractors benefiting from the war against Islamic State continue to surge.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES | 3

Royal prank case tests media regulator’s limits

A case involving 2Day FM and Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has the potential to dramatically extend the powers of the broadcast regulator at a time when the government is keen on media deregulation.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | 8

Mayne takes on Murdoch in fiery Fox showdown in LA

Rupert Murdoch’s dictatorial control over shareholders is reprehensible for a company that has made billions out of free speech.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 5 UNLOCK?

While superpowers act on climate, Australia and India poised to double down on coal

Indian company Adani is the last man standing in the Galilee Basin — and it looks like approval for a giant mine there is all but assured.

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STILGHERRIAN | COMPANIES | 2 UNLOCK?

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei wants a piece of Apple’s pie

Watch out, Apple and Samsung — Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has a very smart entrant into the Australian market.

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Islamophobic groups claim victory in anti-halal crusade

A network of anti-halal groups, some with links to One Nation, have targeted companies that sell halal-certified food, writes SmartCompany journalist Kirsten Robb.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 5 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters don’t trust companies on data retention

Voters don’t trust communications companies to store their metadata safely, today’s Essential Report reveals, and they don’t back the AFP using it to go after downloaders.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 10

Does Australia have the stomach to go after corporate tax avoidance?

There is a lot of lofty talk about cracking down on multinational tax avoidance. But whether the Australian government has the will to make any concrete moves on it is another matter entirely.

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Mayne: Cabcharge investors close ranks as turbulent AGM approaches

Despite what some are calling a “benign” AGM season, Cabcharge seems set on a course for catastrophe.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 26 UNLOCK?

The cheap and convenient outsourcing of public responsibility, from detention to Ebola

The outsourcing of services to private companies is growing remorselessly, because it offers both fiscal and political benefits.

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Mayne: succession planning challenges for the Commonwealth Bank board

Scandals and secrets within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia leave the board of directors scrambling to find a suitable successor.

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GLENN DYER | COMPANIES | UNLOCK?

Hacking, bribery fallout fells more Murdoch journos

There is bad news all round for Rupert Murdoch’s UK papers, with two journalists convicted of bribery and phone hacking, the “fake sheikh” under the microscope and The Sun’s sales falling to a 43-year-low.

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Mayne: a ‘feral’ octogenarian, Gina Rinehart and Malcolm Turnbull walk into an AGM

Fairax AGMs have a long and colourful history, and the most recent outing in Melbourne had its fair share of intrigue.

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