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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | UNLOCK?

Mayne: major miners join the write-down club as Cochlear soars

Mining companies have been thoroughly inconsistent on the write-downs question this season.

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Mayne: Mark Vaile turns $14m into $1m but claims coal’s future is rosy

There’s nothing to justify Whitehaven Coal’s bullish market outlook.

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Why is everyone so afraid of Adani’s Carmichael mine?

Now that Adani has got approval for its Carmichael mine, financiers are nowhere to be seen, writes economist John Quiggin.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | 1 UNLOCK?

Mayne: how the media pushed ASIC to pursue historic insider trading case

A landmark insider trading case was made possible, in part, by some very solid business journalism.

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HELEN RAZER | COMPANIES | 18 UNLOCK?

Vitamins are crap, stop taking them

Vitamins don’t actually improve your health and might cause detrimental effects. So why are Aussies stuffing them down their gullets?

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 10 UNLOCK?

Why we’re groping in the dark on political donations

The state of our political disclosure regime means that we’re only getting part of the picture on who is trying to influence our political parties.

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JOSH TAYLOR | COMPANIES | 1 UNLOCK?

Pirates willing to pay for content: Essential

Those who illegally download content are also likely to subscribe to a paid streaming service, like Netflix.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 5 UNLOCK?

Miners vanish from donor lists as commodity prices bite

As commodity prices have collapsed, mining companies have vanished from the list of political donors — but the finance sector continues to pump money into political parties.

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Mayne: stand by for big company asset write-downs

After the collapse in oil prices over the past year, claimed net assets of many companies are now way overblown.

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Mayne: sorting the naughty and nice in corporate Australia

Who gets and elephant stamp and who gets sent to the naughty corner?

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JOSH TAYLOR | COMPANIES | 2

Why our Netflix is so much worse than the US’ (for now)

Australian Netflix has a fraction of the titles available in the US. But that will probably change when Netflix negotiates new deals.

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Mayne: how board tilts can bring leverage and governance progress

A practical lesson in the efficacy of board tilts.

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HELEN RAZER | COMPANIES | 6

Outrage hobbyists miss the point in $2 Target shirt storm

Was the recent campaign against Target’s $2 back-to-school-special shirts effective boycotting or just “old-fashioned bogan bashing”?

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Mayne: how will Lowys handle board renewal at upcoming AGMs?

Frank Lowy and co. are at a crossroads. What they do next will be telling.

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Mayne: how to get the Shell men off the Woodside board?

At the top of Michael Chaney’s “to do” list before retiring is securing Woodside’s independence from 13.6% shareholder Shell.

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JOSH TAYLOR | COMPANIES | 4

How a start-up darling dealt with a disgruntled user: posted his name on Wikipedia

Aussie start-up darling Freelancer.com has been ordered to pay $20,000 to a user who it identified on Wikipedia.

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ADAM SCHWAB | COMPANIES |

Is Slater & Gordon ABC Learning all over again?

Those who remember the ABC Learning Centres debacle will have that old familiar feeling when it comes to Slater & Gordon.

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Mayne: how to fix the public company AGM

In theory, it’s simple. In practice, not so much.

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JOSH TAYLOR | COMPANIES |

Over 30,000 Optus customers’ data published, but debts not automatically forgiven

A debt collector who tried to outsource his or her own job published the personal information of more than 30,000 mostly former Optus customers online.

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JOSH TAYLOR | COMPANIES |

Optus customer data uploaded as debt collector tries to outsource own job

Whoopsies. Turns out you can’t just hand out people’s personal information just because you don’t really want to be bothered with doing your job.

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Mayne: stand by for the huge Slater and Gordon write-down

Paying too much for acquisitions is the most common way that ASX-listed companies have destroyed capital over the years, but there’s never been an example quite like Quindell.

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How to avoid being gouged — or crushed — in Christmas travel

Do you go full-service or low-cost carrier? Both have drawbacks. But there might yet be a way to score a reasonable fare for summer travel.

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Mayne: will Westpac be punished for investor rip-off?

The fallout from Westpac’s executive pay controversy will reach a head at next Friday’s AGM.

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Who’s not paying their taxes in Australia? ATO offers few clues

Freelance journalist Alan Austin combs through ATO documents to ferret out tax dodgers.

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Business bites: pizza meets a mean scheme

Domino’s slashes staff wages while boosting fees to executives.

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