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BUSINESS | 10 UNLOCK?

So much for ‘no more debt and deficit’

The Coalition, long thought of as conservative guardians of the economy, have quietly amassed a staggering amount of debt. Freelance journalist Alan Austin reports.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 5

Mayne: Transurban out-plays Victorian governments of all stripes

City Link has been one of the worst deals any government anywhere has ever negotiated on behalf of its motorists.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 2

What does James Packer really want with the Rabbitohs?

What does noted Roosters supporter James Packer want with South Sydney? And will the gambling mogul change the working-class, anti-pokies ethos at Souths?

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 14

News Corp CEO thinks you should wait patiently for Game of Thrones

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson explains why he supports Essendon, points to good news in the Herald Sun and says you can wait 24 damn hours for your fix of Westeros.

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BUSINESS | 3

ABS jobs data bungle a real crisis for a critical agency

The admission by the ABS that its recent employment data are wrong is a real crisis for an agency that has endured years of cuts, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 6

What we know about the man likely to be the next SBS chair

Not much is known about the man said to be the new SBS chair. Crikey trawled through the archives to find out what we could.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 4

Mayne: Gina Rinehart the wildcard at upcoming Fairfax AGM

Will Roger Corbett be staying on as chairman of the Fairfax board? Or more importantly: does Gina Rinehart want him to?

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BUSINESS | 6

Myer is My Disaster: can anyone save the ailing retail giant?

Myer has been on a long, slow journey to fashion irrelevance. A former Myer executive says it can be saved — but current boss Bernie Brookes is probably not the man for the job.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 8

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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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 1

Glencore should think twice before making a play for Rio Tinto

A Glencore tilt at Rio Tinto would be a very bold move. But as the BHP Billiton merger proves, a mega-miner is not necessarily a good investment.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS |

Time for Max to face his own axe at Southern Cross

The Southern Cross Media AGM in a couple of weeks is likely to be a boisterous affair, with shareholders having plenty to complain about.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 3

Essential: voters harden their hearts on the budget

Voters are increasingly opposed to key budget initiatives but the government’s primary vote is staying in touch with Labor’s, today’s Essential Report shows.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 11

No fairytale ending for The Bachelor‘s Blake and Sam — but what of Ten?

The Bachelor was a welcome success for Channel Ten, but not enough of a hit to drag the network out of its slump.

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JASON WHITTAKER | BUSINESS |

The London banker from the scandal-plagued firm to head Treasury

John Fraser — reportedly Australia’s next Treasury secretary — is an experienced economist both in the public and private sectors. But he almost quit his scandal-plagued bank.

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BUSINESS | 2

The RBA gives Joe his first repayment — and he desperately needs it

The RBA’s annual report reveals a big dividend for Joe Hockey — and he badly needs it, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS |

Seven demands a sneak peek of Sunrise producer’s tell-all

Seven wants an advance copy of Adam Boland’s new book. Despite his assurances there’s nothing in it to worry about, the network has taken him to court to get it.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 3

Twiggy stands by indigenous jobs plan, but exact numbers murky

Employers have pledged more than 64,000 jobs for indigenous Australians, but finding out whether those pledges have been followed through proves tricky.

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Reserve Bank’s soothsayers right on the money

While the economy is softer than earlier in the year, recent data suggests it is running along the path anticipated by the Reserve Bank, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BUSINESS | 15

What The Hun doesn’t understand about tax (just about everything)

Hun business writer Terry McCrann has taken an axe to the Tax Justice Network report on tax avoidance. Pity he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Tax specialist Bill Mavropoulos offers McCrann some much-needed advice.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | 1

Murdochs’ golden handshake packages more like platinum

Ever wondered about the value of Rupert and James Murdoch’s retirement pension and termination packages? SPOILER ALERT: They’re worth more than a gold watch.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 14

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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SALLY WHYTE | BUSINESS | 7

The rich list absentee landowners behind Tassie anti-wind farm campaign

Two BRW rich listers have donated thousands of dollars to prevent a feasibility study into a wind farm off the coast of Tasmania.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 2

Big banks stiffing the Tax Office to the tune of billions — but how?

NAB, CommBank, ANZ and Westpac are paying far less in tax than the official corporate income tax rate of 30%. But trying to figure out how exactly they get away with it proves tricky.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | 6

Rupert in the poorhouse? Murdoch’s salary falls at Fox

Like millions of workers around the world, Rupert Murdoch’s salary is not keeping up with inflation. Poor dear.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 11

Napthine faces voters with a struggling economy

The Napthine government will go to the polls with the worst-performing major state economy.

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