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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

DJ’s South African rabbit: takeover bid leaves Myer in the lurch

David Jones has pulled a massive rabbit from its hat: a $2.15 billion takeover offer from South African retail group Woolworths. If shareholders back the board, what now for ailing Myer?

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MARCUS PADLEY | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Morning Market Report

Results season wasn’t one to look forward to for companies outside the banking and mining sectors.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 17

Sorry, but free trade agreements are duds, no matter how ‘nuanced’

Bilateral free trade agreements like the one negotiated with Japan deliver few benefits. The only worthwhile trade reform is unilateral tariff reductions. Don’t hold your breath for that.

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Forget Fairfax and Channel Five, Stokes only wants broken Nexus

Takeover talk swirls around Kerry Stokes and Seven West Media, from a play at Fairfax to a British television network. But Stokes likes distressed assets — putting Nexus Energy in the gun.

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BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

‘Free trade’ with Japan: not much to crow about for farmers, exporters

The free trade agreement with Japan is an innocuous win for Tony Abbott that won’t help farmers and other exporters all that much, writes Leith van Onselen of MacroBusiness.

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MARCUS PADLEY | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Morning Market Report

Markets remain steady worldwide.

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BUSINESS | 12 UNLOCK?

Battle on the gasfields: an eco protest for the landed middle class

The NSW government has dispatched police to the bush to help the unconventional gas mining industry and prevent prices spiralling. But it may be underestimating political and social damage, writes Andrew Colley from Bentley.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

APRA, Treasury remain unenthused about the Murray financial inquiry

The financial services regulator APRA is unenthusiastic about the financial services inquiry, but has used it to complain about its resourcing.

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MARCUS PADLEY | BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Morning Market Report

A bit of an unsteady day on worldwide markets following employment reports.

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BUSINESS | 22

Clown prince: how Clive Palmer bought himself a WA media frenzy

Palmer’s spent half a million on ads. And for those who don’t watch ads, he’s spent weeks playing the buffoon, earning him more coverage than any other party running on Saturday, write Myriam Robin and Ania Dutka.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS |

RBA unlikely to be popular at David Murray’s financial inquiry

The RBA’s views on a range of issues are unlikely to be welcome at David Murray’s financial services inquiry. But they’re backed by a key super sector, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BUSINESS | 8

It’s not all about GST: why land tax should be on Hockey’s agenda

Most economists agree that indirect taxes are the future. But while GST gets all the political oxygen, it’s land tax where the real opportunity lies, writes economist and journalist Jason Murphy.

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Morning Market Report

A quiet day on local markets, as US data trickles through.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 2

Want to own a sports team? Tinkler and the ‘narcissistic’ ownership model

Nathan Tinkler’s ownership of the Newcastle Knights NRL club shows the risk to fans in private ownership. Crikey examines the richies playing ball and the cost when it all goes wrong.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | BUSINESS | 2

Talk is cheap: Abbott’s Asia trip missing the real opportunities?

Tony Abbott will get some valuable face time with prime ministers in China, but his entourage’s insistence on sticking with him instead of meeting with Chinese business means the trip’s real potential value could be lost.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 29

Sinodinos takes the stand: if he didn’t know, it doesn’t wash

Stood-down federal government minister Arthur Sinodinos took the stand at the Independent Commission Against Corruption in Sydney this morning. So how much trouble is he in? Crikey was in the hearing.

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BUSINESS | 18

Parkinson leaves the rich out of talk of fiscal sustainability

A debate about the sustainability of our tax system should start with fixing existing taxes before we increase them or create new ones, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 4

Attorney-General’s moves fast on new telco security arrangements

The Attorney-General’s Department is pursuing a new security framework to bring telecommunications companies and ISPs under tighter government control. But it appears to be treading softly on data retention.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 5

Voters oppose junk food taxes as public health and industry square off

Voters oppose “soda taxes” but have mixed views on other forms of food and drink regulation, while a key public health figure hits back at complaints from industry.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 2

Therese Rein, rich lister: big payday on employment empire

Therese Rein’s sold the empire that made her one of Australia’s most successful businesswomen — so what next?

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MARCUS PADLEY | BUSINESS |

Morning Market Report

A big day for overseas markets, particularly in the UK.

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PADDY MANNING | BUSINESS | 1

Once a shining Knight, Tinkler leaves a footy club in limbo

The plight of the Newcastle Knights will get worse before it gets better, with Nathan Tinkler likely to lose the team.

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BUSINESS | 50

Fiscal fools: give us a break on the budget BS, Joe

Joe Hockey’s pre-budget spinning has veered into outright falsehoods as he attempts to claim Labor has boobytrapped the budget. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Water into coal: Sinodinos’ Cuesta holding raises questions, too

Arthur Sinodinos has held onto his shares in Cuesta Coal, a small firm he chaired in 2010-11. Why has he held onto it for so long? And what’s the connection to Labor figure Eddie Obeid?

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CRIKEY INTERN | BUSINESS | 3

How bitcoin is transitioning from nerdy quirk to big business

When businesspeople start taking the cryptocurrency seriously, it’s time to pay attention. Crikey intern Ania Dutka meets the people who are staking their future on a shadowy digital currency.

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