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BEN SANDILANDS | BUSINESS | 3

Does Qantas have a safety problem?

Qantas had three incidents in a 24-hour period yesterday. Is the flying kangaroo lax on safety, or was it just a string of bad luck?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | BUSINESS | 7 UNLOCK?

Evolve ore die — the grim future of Australia’s steel industry

The latest trade figures from China are in — and it’s not good used for our beleaguered Treasurer.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 2

David Murray might be the only friend ASIC has left

Think ASIC is a toothless regulator that completely botched the CommBank scandal? So do most people — but the regulator has at least one friend in high places.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 6 UNLOCK?

After five years of waiting, Murray delivers (some of) the goods

Long in the making, the Murray inquiry is a worthy successor to previous financial sector inquiries, and Joe Hockey deserves credit for it.

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BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

Murray serves up a super headache for govt

In calling for an end to SMSF borrowing, the Murray Inquiry has given the government a headache over a sector that is part of the Liberal constituency, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Rupert sells voting shares — is this a Lachlan bailout?

Why has Rupert Murdoch taken the unusual step of selling over $100 million worth of his voting shares in 21st Century Fox? Crikey founder Stephen Mayne and business commentator Glenn Dyer explain.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 6 UNLOCK?

Mayne: Andrews’ unsustainable promises could cost Victoria its AAA rating

The Labor Left is very good and making costly promises, but will it be able to keep them without breaking the bank?

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 34

Joe’s economic story just doesn’t add up

Voters aren’t buying Joe Hockey’s economic narrative. It could be because it just doesn’t stack up.

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BUSINESS | 1

The R-word rears its ugly head

Talking about recessions will have a similar impact to the government’s budget rhetoric, which helped deliver two quarters of poor economic growth, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 4

Mayne: rift between retail shareholders and the big end of town must close

A lot of Australian retail shareholders don’t bother to vote because they feel swamped by institutional shareholders, but new ASX rules could change that.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 17

Sluggish and antiquated NBN coming soon to a node near you

The NBN Co is going to try to roll out broadband using whatever technology is currently available as soon as possible. That will get broadband into homes faster — but will it be outdated before it even arrives?

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BUSINESS | 7

Anaemic GDP growth is awful news for Hockey

A weaker-than-expected GDP figure shows a slowing economy that will put yet more pressure on the Treasurer’s beleaguered budget. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 10

Bolt defamation litigant loses case, will declare bankruptcy

Victoria’s Supreme Court threw out a defamation case against Andrew Bolt and landed plaintiff David Barrow with a $500,000 cost judgement. He nonetheless tells Crikey he’s glad he stood his ground.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 1

Mayne: the 233 companies taking out the trash with last-minute AGMs

Companies have until five weeks out from the end of the year to hold their AGMs, and guess what? More than 200 of them held them on the very last day possible.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 4

Should we leave the Cooper Basin gas reserve right where it is?

No one disputes that there is a lot of shale gas in the Cooper Basin — but with falling oil prices, it might not be worth the cost of bringing it to the surface.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | 5

Germany’s big energy play has nuclear lessons for Australia

Germany’s largest energy utility is splitting into two companies, with one focusing on renewables and the other on fossil fuels and nuclear power. It’s high time Australia also realised fossil fuels and nuclear are both on their way out.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 24

Abbott tries to hit reset but Hockey’s critics can smell blood

The Prime Minister has given ground in an effort to get an end-of-year win but his Treasurer is badly wounded.

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BUSINESS | 14

It’s not just iron ore and coal — tumbling commodities will hurt Hockey

Falling commodity prices and even bond rates will undermine the government’s budget planning, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 62

Nuclear: the power source for innumerates and socialists

Nuclear power is a ludicrously uneconomic industry and now more than ever. But conservatives continue to obsess over it.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | 14

Commercial TV’s worst nightmare is an ad-supported ABC

Allowing the ABC to run ads would siphon profits out of free-to-air TV networks and lead to an overall lower price per ad slot, even for newspapers.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 1

Shrinking electricity networks still worth a bomb

The days of electricity companies driving up costs — and passing those costs on to their customers — are fading.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS |

As the AGM season ends with a rush, Mayne reviews a few highlights

It was a colourful year for AGMs, with attempted coups and some big names departing.

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BUSINESS | 16

Engineers: the canaries in the economic coal mine?

Engineers are supposed to be the engine drivers of an economy. But after 37 years in the sector, Geoff Eaton is struggling to find work. And he’s not alone.

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BUSINESS | 1

Dollar and China will drive a switch in RBA thinking

Weakening growth won’t shift the Reserve Bank’s thinking on interest rates as much as the strength of the dollar and how the Chinese property market fares, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS |

Mayne: fiery Cabcharge AGM disregards ‘no dickheads’ policy

Cabcharge AGMs tend to attract aggressive taxi industry operators who behave in ways that would make Travis Bickle blush. So yesterday’s full-frontal assault on rival company Uber was of little surprise.

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