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Business takes time out from write-downs to lecture the rest of us

CrikeyMay 26, 20168 Comments

It'd be fine for business to lecture the rest of us about public policy if they weren't busy trashing billions in shareholder wealth. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Dairy farmers need to stop crying over cheap milk

Dairy farmers need to stop crying over cheap milk

Jason MurphyMay 20, 201611 Comments

Yes, dairy farmers are doing it tough. But commodity prices rise and fall, and the government can't bail out every commodity maker.

Yet another budget where Australia pigheadedly misunderstands China

Yet another budget where Australia pigheadedly misunderstands China

Michael SainsburyMay 4, 20164 Comments

ScoMo has it wrong on China. But don't worry, Moz, almost all Aussie treasurers do.

Keane: neoliberalism is fine, but what we have is crony capitalism

Keane: neoliberalism is fine, but what we have is crony capitalism

Bernard KeaneApr 27, 201639 Comments

The business community in Australia are fair-weather neoliberals whose only real commitment is to "reform" that suits them, and many politicians are no better.

ASIC: a reform package by bankers, for bankers

ASIC: a reform package by bankers, for bankers

Bernard Keane and Glenn DyerApr 21, 201621 Comments

This is a government of ex-bankers and its package for banking "oversight" might hand more control to the banks. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

Shorten goes Mad Maximise in the global steel wars

Shorten goes Mad Maximise in the global steel wars

Bernard KeaneApr 15, 20166 Comments

Labor's hastily assembled steel policy is a silly resort to pseudo-protectionism and bureaucracy for an industry that should be allowed to compete or die.

Trucking safety should be a matter of numbers, not politics

Trucking safety should be a matter of numbers, not politics

Bernard KeaneApr 13, 201623 Comments

The campaign against the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal is based on an attempt to discredit any link between how truckies are paid and safety.

How can ASIC police the banks when it has been gutted?

How can ASIC police the banks when it has been gutted?

Bernard KeaneApr 11, 201611 Comments

The government says ASIC is all that is needed to police the banks -- but it has savagely cut the regulator's funding.

The sordid history of the world’s biggest, baddest banks

The sordid history of the world’s biggest, baddest banks

Bernard KeaneApr 5, 201616 Comments

The global banks at the centre of the Panama Papers have a long history of criminal activity -- for which they have never been criminally prosecuted.

Beware the real agenda on compulsory super

Bernard KeaneFeb 22, 20168 Comments

Ending compulsory super would hit one sector of the super industry hard -- and it happens to be the one the government most despises.