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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 7 UNLOCK?

Has the tax discussion taken us further away from reform?

With most sensible options ruled out, we’ve gone backwards on tax reform, not forwards.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | UNLOCK?

Mayne: Slaters capital raising confirms unfair system for retail investors

Capital raising’s two-tier system leaves small shareholders behind the eight ball as institutional investors clean up.

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GLENN DYER | COMPANIES | 2 UNLOCK?

Business bites: car-policy slash drives rise … Fortescue not so wise … Flash Cash Guy

Axing of salary-sacrifice tax policy leads to earnings rise, Fortescue reveals its desperation, plus other business tidbits of the day.

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CHRIS SEAGE | COMPANIES | 2 UNLOCK?

No more ‘brick walls’: tax complaints outsourced to watchdog

Tax complaints will no longer go to the Commonwealth Ombudsman, instead being handled by the Inspector-General of Taxation. And that is great news for taxpayers.

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COMPANIES | 2 UNLOCK?

No news is good news for incumbent on ABC and SBS contracts

While big savings are expected from the renegotiation of transmission contracts by the ABC and SBS, there’s been no tender process for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Bernard Keane and Myriam Robin write.

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COMPANIES | 4 UNLOCK?

3AW the bright spot in the dying gasp for Fairfax’s radio empire

Today’s radio ratings mark the final indictment on Fairfax’s management of its radio assets, write Crikey reporters Glenn Dyer and Myriam Robin.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 10 UNLOCK?

Coalition still playing catch-up on financial planning

While Labor’s Sam Dastyari runs “show trials” of the big banks, the Coalition is left ruing its failure to take control of the issue of financial planning scandals.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | UNLOCK?

Mayne: who’s hot and who’s not at the AGM mini-season

Stephen Mayne has the companies to watch as we approach this year’s AGM mini-season.

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Business bites: naughty NAB … Fortescue trims flab … bonds looking fab …

NAB in trouble in the UK. And other business tidbits of the day.

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COMPANIES | 9 UNLOCK?

Radio nowhere: can talkback work nationally?

The new Fairfax-Macquarie radio behemoth wants to get rid of local hosts and syndicate content. But will the audience tune out? Crikey journalists Myriam Robin and Sally Whyte report.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 9

Timid politicians, angry voters and the two ‘reform agendas’

Business complaints about the lack of political will for reform disguises that the reform they now want is very different to that of the last 30 years.

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What’s strategic and what’s not for foreign investment?

With the ruling out of a Glencore bid for Rio Tinto by the Treasurer, we have a clearer idea of what’s protected in Australia. But not clear enough, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 21

The messy politics of multinational tax dodging

The Coalition is being outflanked by Labor on multinational tax avoidance, and the political costs to the government could be high.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES | 20

Tax evasion teeters in the too-hard basket

Senators are very keen to nail multinationals for their tax minimisation strategies. Just as soon as they can figure out a way to do it.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES | 17

ATO refuses to hand over tax evaders for fear companies won’t like it anymore

The Senate wants the ATO to hand over a list of companies it is investigating for tax dodging. But the Tax Office is staying schtum.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 21

The dirty secret of penalty rate opponents: business is booming

Far from being “crippled” or “killed” by penalty rates, Australia’s cafe and restaurant sector is growing so fast it will soon overtake manufacturing.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | 1

Mayne: Australian investors love Slater and Gordon UK plunge

Slater and Gordon seems to have secured a windfall business acquisition. But how did they do it?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | COMPANIES | 9

Is it time for Twiggy to play his Chinese joker?

The price of iron ore is still falling, with Fortescue Metals Group facing total wipeout. But there may be a way to save the company — look to the East …

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COMPANIES | 11

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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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 1

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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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | 1

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 | COMPANIES | 1

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 | COMPANIES | 1

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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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES |

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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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES |

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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