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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 UNLOCK?

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 UNLOCK?

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 | UNLOCK?

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 UNLOCK?

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 | UNLOCK?

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 UNLOCK?

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 | UNLOCK?

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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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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STILGHERRIAN | BUSINESS | 2

Stilgherrian: malicious software spreads seeds of doubt in Apple’s magic garden

A new piece of malware surfacing in China has torn down Apple users’ claims that its operating systems are immune to attack.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 1

Nine and Fairfax have launched their anti-Netflix defence: should you sign up?

The launch of Stan probably won’t stymie Netflix’s growth. But it does make things harder for the TV stations.

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BUSINESS | 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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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | BUSINESS | 5

Packer’s fortunes tumble as China doubles down on crooks and high-rollers

James Packer’s Macau casino and his future business prospects in the Asia Pacific have taken a hit, likely due to the Chinese government’s wide-reaching anti-corruption campaign. Whatever his next move, Packer will need to speak softly …

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 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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BUSINESS | 4

Australian papers dead weight in the News Corp stable

Despite reassurance from News Corp officials, the News and Information services publishing arm continues to struggle, write Paddy Manning and Glenn Dyer.

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BUSINESS | 2

By the numbers: The Fin‘s divestment obsession

What’s the biggest story in the business world? It’s the ANU’s decision to divest from fossil fuel funds, which is bigger news than the Glencore/Rio merger … apparently. Tom Swann, research assistant at The Australia Institute, crunches the numbers.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 3

Looming ACCC decision will shape the future of brick-making

Are bricks set to go the way of thatched roofs? It all depends on the industry’s viability under new rulings.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 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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ADAM SCHWAB | BUSINESS | 1

Hail to the chief: the top five CEOs money can buy

It pays to remember that not all CEOs are driven by avarice and self-interest. Presenting the five most investor-friendly CEOs in Australia …

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 6

Bullying banks threaten govt over price-signalling

With the banks brow-beating the government over price-signalling, we can’t afford to dump laws that protect the public.

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BEN SANDILANDS | BUSINESS | 5

Dreams of space tourism crash and burn as Virgin Galactic breaks under pressure

Richard Branson flew too close to the sun by ignoring concerns over a dangerously unstable fuel source.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 8

Mayne: Murdoch salaries hit $600 million — but you wouldn’t read about it

The Oz has revealed that the ABC’s Mark Scott got a pay rise — but the paper is strangely silent on the massive pay packets taken home by the Murdoch family.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS | 1

Mayne: sleeping chairman finally agrees to go … in 12 months

As aging Aurizon Holdings chairman John Prescott finally falls on his sword, Stephen Mayne looks around for more dead wood to cut.

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