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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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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 UNLOCK?

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 UNLOCK?

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 | 19 UNLOCK?

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 UNLOCK?

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 UNLOCK?

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 | 19

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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Mayne: Corbett finally backs a successor at Fairfax

It can be tricky to find a suitable board replacement for yourself, but Roger Corbett has finally done it.

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BEN SANDILANDS | COMPANIES | 14

What if the real threat on an airplane is inside the cockpit?

We have always worried about keeping baddies out of the cockpit. Should we start worrying about who is inside?

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GLENN DYER | COMPANIES | 9

RBA on Australian banks: don’t trust ‘em

The RBA has some choice words for Australian banks, and they would do well to sit up and pay attention.

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BEN SANDILANDS | COMPANIES | 5

Germanwings crash: what we know so far

There is nothing known that adversely reflects on the safety culture nor maintenance of Germanwings, but what caused the A320 to crash?

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COMPANIES | 1

Fin Review Sunday gets the boot

Financial Review Sunday is no more, with Nine axing the program for not being commercially viable. It’s just the latest in a long line of failures to make business journalism work on TV, write Myriam Robin and Glenn Dyer.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES | 1

Islands in the stream: radio stations v copyright industry over online broadcast

Should radio stations have to pay additional licensing fees for streaming their broadcasts online? The body representing music recording companies certainly thinks so — but radio stations say they can’t afford it.

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COMPANIES | 29

Keen to evade data retention? Here’s how to choose a VPN

There are readily accessible ways of evading the government’s mass surveillance scheme, but you’ll need to assess what’s best for you, technology consultant Dave Sag writes.

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