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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 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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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 9 UNLOCK?

Mayne: even the Saudi Prince has turned on Rupert — not that you’d read it in the media

Rupert Murdoch protected his own at News Corp’s AGM, but if he had not gerrymandered the voting shares, he himself could have been chucked off News Corp’s board.

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BUSINESS | 8 UNLOCK?

G20 fails to deliver — but not for lack of Australia trying

The government was right to push for growth at the G20 summit but the minds of international leaders are no longer focused on the forum, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 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 | BUSINESS | 14

Poor week for the government, but will Lambie make life easier?

As politics switches focus to the G20 and foreign visitors, the government’s woes continue.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 7

News Corp increases its dominance as Fairfax circulation in freefall

It’s red everywhere, but Fairfax’s print circulation declines have been the deepest, ABC data reveals.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 7

Mayne v Murdoch round two: Rupert addresses that infamous Crikey leak

Crikey’s founder certainly brought the hard questions to News Corp’s octogenarian chairman — and it turns out Rupert Murdoch reads Crikey with a close eye.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 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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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 3

Royal prank case tests media regulator’s limits

A case involving 2Day FM and Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has the potential to dramatically extend the powers of the broadcast regulator at a time when the government is keen on media deregulation.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 51

Xi-Obama deal leaves Abbott with nowhere to hide on climate

The climate action agreement between China and the US removes the assumption on which the Coalition’s entire contradictory approach to climate change is based.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 8

Mayne takes on Murdoch in fiery Fox showdown in LA

Rupert Murdoch’s dictatorial control over shareholders is reprehensible for a company that has made billions out of free speech.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 5

While superpowers act on climate, Australia and India poised to double down on coal

Indian company Adani is the last man standing in the Galilee Basin — and it looks like approval for a giant mine there is all but assured.

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STILGHERRIAN | BUSINESS | 2

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei wants a piece of Apple’s pie

Watch out, Apple and Samsung — Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has a very smart entrant into the Australian market.

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BUSINESS | 19

Government’s wages policy is making Hockey’s job harder

The government’s obsession with slashing wages will further undermine an already fragile revenue base, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Abbott’s ambitious China free trade agreement a decade in the making

If the Abbott government manages to secure a free trade agreement with China, it will be quite the diplomatic victory, writes The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.

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Islamophobic groups claim victory in anti-halal crusade

A network of anti-halal groups, some with links to One Nation, have targeted companies that sell halal-certified food, writes SmartCompany journalist Kirsten Robb.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 5

Essential: voters don’t trust companies on data retention

Voters don’t trust communications companies to store their metadata safely, today’s Essential Report reveals, and they don’t back the AFP using it to go after downloaders.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 10

Does Australia have the stomach to go after corporate tax avoidance?

There is a lot of lofty talk about cracking down on multinational tax avoidance. But whether the Australian government has the will to make any concrete moves on it is another matter entirely.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | BUSINESS | 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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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS |

Mayne: Cabcharge investors close ranks as turbulent AGM approaches

Despite what some are calling a “benign” AGM season, Cabcharge seems set on a course for catastrophe.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 26

The cheap and convenient outsourcing of public responsibility, from detention to Ebola

The outsourcing of services to private companies is growing remorselessly, because it offers both fiscal and political benefits.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS |

Mayne: succession planning challenges for the Commonwealth Bank board

Scandals and secrets within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia leave the board of directors scrambling to find a suitable successor.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 3

A China free trade agreement — worth railroading a few crooks for?

An extradition agreement with China would deliver people to one of the world’s worst legal systems, but the government may see that as a small price to pay for a free trade agreement.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS |

Hacking, bribery fallout fells more Murdoch journos

There is bad news all round for Rupert Murdoch’s UK papers, with two journalists convicted of bribery and phone hacking, the “fake sheikh” under the microscope and The Sun’s sales falling to a 43-year-low.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS |

Mayne: a ‘feral’ octogenarian, Gina Rinehart and Malcolm Turnbull walk into an AGM

Fairax AGMs have a long and colourful history, and the most recent outing in Melbourne had its fair share of intrigue.

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