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The agreement that gives banks carte blanche on financial services

Despite the unanimity that banking regulation needs to be improved, the government is involved in secret negotiations that would halt further financial regulation, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | 16 UNLOCK?

Mayne: Keane is wrong, independent directors are needed on industry fund boards

If the Greens and Labor vote against having one-third independent directors in the Senate, they will be supporting a gerrymandered system and look captured by their union pay-masters.

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Business bites: Greece extends … Mirvac’s ends … pricing trends …

The Greek drama that keeps on playing. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Business bites: dud deals … hedge funds’ bad feels … miners freewheel …

Dud deals everywhere. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Business bites: Greece deets … T-Swift’s beats … Nutella’s new treats …

How Taylor Swift beat Apple. And other business tidbits of the day.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES | 9 UNLOCK?

Fairfax v Fairfax, with Shorten in the middle

The Australian Financial Review has attacked stablemates The Age and Sydney Morning Herald over their coverage of the AWU and Bill Shorten.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES |

Redundancies at Melbourne printing plant after mX says goodbye

News Corp today announced 19 redundancies in its main Melbourne printing plant, following the axing of mX.

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Business bites: grocery malaise … waning gun craze … our reno phase …

Metcash’s grocery business dips, but its hardware chain goes strong. And other business tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | COMPANIES |

Foxtel-Ten deal gives the Murdochs yet more power

Foxtel is buying a 14.9% stake in the beleaguered Ten Network, with the Murdochs again holding all the cards.

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How big oil and gas are heavying the legal groups fighting for clean water and air

Companies like Chevron, BHP Billiton, Shell, AGL and Woodside are trying to pressure the government into taking away the tax-deductible status of environmental lawyers, writes Piers Verstegen, director of the Conservation Council of WA.

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Cross-party Avengers tackle the mysterious TPP and future of the Pacific Rim

A group of three cross-party MPs has been taking the slated Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement to task, writes Matthew Rimmer, Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law.

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Is this the end of cheap airfares? Qantas winning airline wars, but the real loser is you

Qantas and Virgin are rolling back cheap airfares. And that is very bad news for the flying public.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | 1

Mayne: NAB offer demonstrates paucity of media coverage on capital raisings

Why did the major business papers miss NAB’s record-breaking capital raising?

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Mayne: Macquarie opts for contested board election over governance reforms

Crikey founder Stephen Maybe makes a play for the Macquarie Group board to improve governance.

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Business bites: corruption crackdown … Birkin sells uptown … KFC wears a frown …

A rare Hermes Birkin bag has sold at auction for US$221,846. And other business tidbits of the day.

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How can we fix the NBN?

There are fewer than 400,000 premises actually connected to the national broadband network. Where can the government go from here? Dr Rob Nicholls, research fellow at Swinburne University of Technology and the Centre for International Finance and Regulation, explains.

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Business bites: US reels … Greece deals … OPEC reveals …

Greece’s Syriza party could split over economic policy. And other business tidbits of the day.

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If FIFA wanted to avoid trouble, it should have gone into banking

The US prosecution of FIFA is extraordinary hypocrisy from a country that treats systemic and constant criminality by the world’s biggest banks as the financial equivalent of a parking offence, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Business bites: Fortescue backflip? … Hockey, get a grip … China continues to slip …

What will Twiggy do now that the Chinese look keen to invest in FMG? And other business tidbits of the day.

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Mayne: shareholders fight back against payouts to outgoing CEOs

Shareholders have long opposed large payouts to CEOs at the end of their tenure. Of course, executive boards have ways of getting around democratic will.

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Who leaked to Laurie: will the govt hunt down Oakes’ informant?

A leak of Foreign Investment Review Board applications is a serious breach of confidentiality, but strangely the government appears in no rush to track down the leak.

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ERIC BEECHER | COMPANIES |

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

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

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