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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 1 UNLOCK?

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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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 | UNLOCK?

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 UNLOCK?

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 | 13

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 UNLOCK?

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 UNLOCK?

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 UNLOCK?

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 UNLOCK?

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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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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BEN SANDILANDS | COMPANIES | 5 UNLOCK?

Why are victims of Pel-Air crash not entitled to compensation?

If you get hit by a truck, you can claim compensation. But if you are injured and mentally scarred in a plane crash, tough cookies.

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COMPANIES | 1 UNLOCK?

If media laws change, history says sell, sell, sell

The golden rule of media ownership changes in Australia is that they usher in carnage for shareholders, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Mayne: how much cash will in-the-money Macquarie SPP attract?

Is the Millionaire Factory sharing the wealth?

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Mayne: time to end the Murdoch-Packer Network Ten soap opera

Rupert Murdoch wants to bail his son Lachlan out of floundering Ten. But those pesky media ownership laws are making it tricky …

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | COMPANIES | UNLOCK?

Fortescue’s future uncertain after Twiggy’s failed debt financing

Fortescue Metals Group’s share price is down again — and there is no relief in sight.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 26 UNLOCK?

Hypocritical Labor punishes consumers on electricity

New South Wales Labor’s campaign against electricity privatisation is cynical and hypocritical, and punishes consumers with higher prices.

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Business bites: RBA’s concern … Orica makes a turn … Japanese need cash to burn …

RBA ill at ease on commercial property. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Business bites: RFG expands … China needs a plan … HBO on demand …

Australia’s retail brand king takes over Gloria Jean’s. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Plenty of blame to go around for Labor’s data retention dilemma

The media’s belated discovery of the threat of mass surveillance has left Labor with a dilemma on data retention, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 10

On media ownership reform, keep an eye on the court jesters

There are more hurdles for media ownership reform than News Corporation’s focus on pay TV.

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Business bites: meddling in the dark pool … Woolies plays it cool … TPP could be cruel …

Who’s been messing with Telstra? And other business tidbits of the day.

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Fortescue Metals moves to rescue falling share price, but too late?

Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group will need to move soon if it’s to avoid serious financial strife caused by the ongoing downturn in the global iron ore market.

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Business bites: euro down … China’s reason to frown … banks go to ground …

The euro is edging closer to parity with the US dollar. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 30

Rotten politics and worse policy in car multinationals’ going-away present

A final handout to car multinationals illustrates how the Abbott government’s policy and political judgement is entirely gone.

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