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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 12 UNLOCK?

Cormann’s Medibank success reverses a run of privatisation duds

The successful sale of Medibank Private was important to show voters that privatisation can be better than it has been so often in the past.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 50 UNLOCK?

Outbreak of entitlement confuses ABC critics

Critics of the ABC board’s decision on spending cuts think the ABC can be both national and efficient, when it can’t be both at once.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 16 UNLOCK?

Keane: govt hoisted by its own FOFA petard

The government’s half-smart decision to try to sneak its repeal of FOFA through parliament has ended up costing it dearly.

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MARKETS | 14 UNLOCK?

Mark Scott gets some gratuitous advice — from duds

The ABC isn’t short of gratuitous advice from its media rivals — despite the inept performance of the latter, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 4 UNLOCK?

Essential: thumbs up for an FTA with China, though voters aren’t sure why

Voters back a free trade agreement but appear confused about who will benefit, this week’s Essential Report shows, while it seems partisanship affects how people view the asylum seeker issue.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 17 UNLOCK?

Joe and Tony hold out against the economics of climate change

Opinion on whether climate change is a major economic issue is divided. Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey say it isn’t … everyone else says it is.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 9

Surprise! It’s another good war for defence contractors

The share prices of the defence contractors benefiting from the war against Islamic State continue to surge.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | MARKETS | 8

There’s only one agreement that matters at APEC — and it’s not with China

Australia is spruiking its forthcoming free trade agreement with China, but with China’s economy slowing, the FTA won’t make much difference.

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MARKETS | 15

Big business offers guide on how to be out of touch on taxation

Big business and its spruikers are out of touch on transnational tax avoidance — and it’s not just a matter of fairness, either, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 4

Benign jobs report won’t suit the doomsayers

October jobs data shows the economy isn’t faltering, even if we treat the ABS’s numbers with caution, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 21

Wounded Hockey faces a nasty choice on banks

The Murray Inquiry is likely to hand the government an invitation to a fight with the big banks — and Treasurer Joe Hockey is in no state to lead it.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 10

Keane: democratisation of communication — the real reason for data retention

The real reason for the push for data retention is the unhappiness of security agencies with the freedom the internet provides citizens, and the surveillance possibilities created by our embrace of that freedom.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 39

Pyne’s higher education campaign echoes Labor’s mining tax debacle

In prosecuting the case for higher education deregulation, the government failed to consult with the industry and can’t muster evidence for its claims.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 2

How healthy are our banks? It’s time to end the secrecy

It’s time investors were told how Australian banks perform in stress tests — like overseas investors are told, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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ASIC flatlines at estimates as the regulator looks to relaunch

Despite efforts to declare a new era of aggressive financial planning regulation, ASIC still struggles with the basics with a diminishing budget.

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Trade officials gather in Canberra — to undermine the national interest

Canberra is hosting the current round of talks to try to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty — despite the damage it will inflict on the national interest.

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The ANU’s in good company — whatever Abbott might advise investors

The ANU’s fossil fuel divestment strategy is hardly novel — plenty of investors are bailing out of fossil fuel stocks, and for more than just moral reasons, write Glenn Dyer, Bernard Keane and Paddy Manning.

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GLENN DYER | MARKETS |

Don’t look now, but the price of iron ore is rising

The sky is falling and iron ore prices are crashing, right? Not exactly …

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Glencore’s ugly tax rorts have real consequences

Glencore, currently pursuing Rio Tinto, is one of the world’s most unconscionable tax dodgers.

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Korea’s ‘free trade’ commitment to keep Australians out

Australia’s “free trade agreement” with South Korea establishes a remarkable disparity between Koreans working in Australia and Australians working in Korea.

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Reserve Bank ratchets up property warnings

The Reserve Bank has further elevated its warnings about property price growth in Sydney and Melbourne, amid concerns it threatens the broader economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Keane: Harper’s review suggests (gasp!) an economy to benefit consumers

The draft review of competition policy by Ian Harper presents the Coalition — and all politicians — with a challenge of reforms long ignored by governments.

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Housing boom delivers a potential headache for the government

The government faces a growing problem around the booming property markets of Sydney and Melbourne while the Reserve Bank can see danger to the wider economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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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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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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