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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES | 1 UNLOCK?

‘The money isn’t there’: why the NRL and AFL won’t double their deals this time round

At the last round of negotiations, both the NRL and AFL added hundreds of millions to their broadcast rights deals. But today, the NRL is pulling in fewer viewers, while cash-strapped networks are looking unlikely to hand out more for the AFL.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | UNLOCK?

Eddie Obeid, Wesfarmers, dilutionary placements and an Arrium debacle

The latest deal surrounding agribusiness operator Elders proves that not all shareholders are created equal.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES | 2 UNLOCK?

Crikey founder runs for Fairfax board

For shareholder activists, it’s not always easy to get your reasons for bidding communicated to shareholders. Stephen Mayne, a veteran of unsolicited board tilts, says he’s been pleasantly surprised by Fairfax’s approach.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 42

‘We are burning our trust’: Abbott’s climate denials winning Australia no friends

Just as nothing will persuade the Michael Smiths of the world that Julia Gillard is innocent, we are well past the point where more evidence will persuade climate sceptics or those vested interests opposing climate action to change their tune.

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Bureau of Regret: the streets are paved with iPhones

Reading comprehension and numeracy went by the wayside as public figures got excited about the new iPhone.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES | 7 UNLOCK?

Crikey’s three-step guide to spinning your readership figures

Want to use EMMA figures to beat up your competitors and reassure your readers? Crikey has your three-step guide.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 9 UNLOCK?

Loophole could allow telcos to squeeze out the NBN after all

If telcos take advantage of a loophole in the Telecommunications Act, the business model of the NBN could be undermined completely, costing taxpayers billions.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES | UNLOCK?

Mayne: as Crown heads to its AGM, plenty of questions to answer

There are many oddities buried in Crown’s annual report, such as John Alexander’s role on the board and why Andrew Demetriou is not up for election.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 13

War, what is it good for? Big bank investments

Some of Australia’s biggest financial institutions stand to make a killing from the return to Iraq.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 13 UNLOCK?

Guinea, Gina and the giant gifts enjoyed by miners

While Gina Rinehart demands that governments get off the back of the beleaguered mining industry, it is enjoying massive subsidies from state governments.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 21 UNLOCK?

Who benefits from the return to Iraq?

The inconsistencies in the case for intervention in Iraq demonstrate how the US and Australia are struggling to see where their real national interests lie.

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HELEN RAZER | COMPANIES | 10 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: Apple a cruel industrialist in Hillsong Jesus clothing

The emotional incontinence of idiot tech journalists as they fetishise graven images (read: iPhones and Apple Watches) glorifies a god (read: cult leader) that is not as benevolent as it seems.

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TRISTAN EDIS | COMPANIES | 11

The sinister, bizarre truth of Brickworks and the Liberals

The latest ICAC findings show how Tony Abbott used business representatives to assist in an elaborate lie to scare the Australian people into voting for him.

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GLENN DYER | COMPANIES | 7 UNLOCK?

BHP, Rio Tinto deliberately sinking the price of iron ore

It’s not greedy unionists or meddling governments that have caused a slump in iron ore prices — the smoking gun is in the hands of Rio, BHP, Fortescue and Vale.

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STILGHERRIAN | COMPANIES | 4 UNLOCK?

iSpruik: how Apple maintains the tech hype

The Apple rumour mill is working overtime to keep up with speculation about the imminent release of the iPhone 6. At some point, the obsession with increasingly invasive tech will have to wane…right?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | COMPANIES | 5

Joyce’s mangy kangaroo must look to Asia for help

In 2011, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce claimed Jetstar was the region’s “leading low cost carrier”. Clearly, this is no longer the case. It’s time for Joyce to eat humble pie, and accept an economic rescue from his south-east Asian counterparts.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 2 UNLOCK?

Multimillion-dollar real estate business in limbo amid claims of harassment and fraud

The directors of a digital real estate company have had a bitter falling out, with the courts to decide the company’s fate.

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COMPANIES | 3

News Corp leak points to systemic problems, say business experts

Legal threats and bluster only made things worse for News Corp in the face of Crikey’s investigation, SmartCompany deputy editor Eloise Keating reports.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 13

Cooking with gas: LNG pipeline proposed to supply east coast

APA wants to build a billion-dollar pipeline to connect the gas supply in the Northern Territory with the east coast. And that might not be such a bad idea …

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MYRIAM ROBIN | COMPANIES | 1

‘The pay deal is terrible’: Fairfax journos lose money but keep their grades

Fairfax’s union members have finally negotiated an EBA with management, swallowing “lousy” pay increases for the ability to maintain their conditions.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 7

Big banks in collusion, says former big bank director

A former chairman of Woolworths and director of ANZ has unleashed an unprecedented spray against the big four banks — and against the big two supermarkets.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 14

End of the mining tax guarantees more tax for the poor

The government’s delay in lifting compulsory super contributions means low and middle income earners will pay more tax.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 1

Why is Colin Barnett the only one who wants a gas hub at James Price Point?

James Price Point looms as another zombie fossil fuel project — but that’s not stopping the WA Premier.

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CHRIS SEAGE | COMPANIES | 2

Sex addict neurosurgeon bought cocaine from brothel, leaked docs show

Former neurosurgeon Suresh Nair, who was found guilty of manslaughter over the death of a prostitute in his apartment, bought drugs from a brothel in Sydney, new documents reveal.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | COMPANIES |

Mayne: 170 business losers take out the trash

Some companies like to wait until the last possible minute to take out the (financial) garbage.

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