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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Buddy, can you spare some bandwidth? How Telstra is going to let strangers use your wi-fi

Telstra is raking in the cash thanks to the NBN, but Australia is still languishing with slow broadband speeds.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

A brief history of Rinehart’s loss-making stake in Ten

Iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart has sunk $208.1 million dollars into the ailing Ten Network. So, has she gotten bang for her buck?

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PLAYERS |

Business Bites: ads increase … Buffett’s brief … Macca’s serves teeth …

Internet-based job ads are on the rise. And other business tidbits of the day.

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PLAYERS |

How much did Gina Rinehart make out of Fairfax?

Crikey writers Paddy Manning and Myriam Robin crunch the numbers. Just how much did the country’s richest woman make off the ailing media giant?

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BERNARD KEANE | PLAYERS |

Reserve Bank downgrade makes choice of treasurer crucial

The Reserve Bank has downgraded its forecasts for the Australian economy, showing why it’s critical that a new treasurer be someone voters can trust, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne: Rupert says good night, sweet prince

News Corp columnists keep telling us that Murdoch is no control freak — so why are they so reluctant to criticise their boss?

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GLENN DYER | PLAYERS |

A right royal kiss-off: the Sun King loses his Prince

Saudi Prince Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal has sold most of his 6.6% stake in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Now we know why the Prince did not vote with the Murdochs at the last AGM.

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RBA’s ‘prudent course’ dumped in Tony and Joe’s economic mire

The Reserve Bank’s panic move to reverse course on interest rates demonstrates how much impact the goverment’s woes have had on the real economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Meet the mysterious Chinese property developer giving a motza to the ALP

The largest donor to either party in 2013-14 was a China-based individual named Zichun Wang. But who is Zichun Wang? The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson investigates.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Harry Triguboff could be in for an $15 billion payday — if he ever sells

Harry Triguboff could leapfrog over Gina Rinehart as Australia’s richest person — if he ever sells his lucrative property business, that is.

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GLENN DYER | PLAYERS |

Business minutes: dud strategic reviews … Westpac has a go … OZ Minerals’ new CEO …

Strategic reviews” sound very professional, but are really just self-serving bonus-inducers for CEOs. And other business tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | PLAYERS |

Business minutes: lessons for Pyne … Apple (doesn’t) Pay … no one wants Bradken …

The cautionary tale of private education-provider company Vocation. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | PLAYERS |

Coalition’s crony capitalism makes communication harder

The Coalition’s economic agenda is straightforward crony capitalism. No wonder they can’t explain it to voters.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne: how boards shirk disclosure requirements and hide executive pay

Companies are meant to disclose the remuneration packages of their key management personnel. The problem is, it is up to the companies themselves to decide who qualifies.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne: AFR spins it for Westfield, Lowy

Questionable journalistic practices abound in The Australian Financial Review’s coverage of the recent Westfield restructure.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne: thin-skinned Stokes’ blunders on display after failed bid to block biography

Kerry Stokes’ thin-skinned decision to meet biography with biography backfired spectacularly, with more of the media mogul’s private life before the public eye than ever.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne: News Corp publishes flattering bio of a billionaire — but which one?

Andrew Rule’s biography on billionaire Kerry Stokes is a curious exercise in vanity publishing.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Watchdog or Lapdog: are journalists anti-business?

Could the political leanings of a journalist affect the way they cover business stories? It could be a bigger factor than it seems.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Watchdog or Lapdog: why did financial journos fail to see the GFC coming?

Almost none of Australia’s business journalists sounded notes of caution in early 2007. How did they get it so spectacularly wrong?

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Watchdog or Lapdog: why should you read the business pages?

Now that the dust has settled on the global financial crisis, we have to ask ourselves: is our business press holding the powerful to account? Is it more watchdog or lapdog? And what is the point of business journalism, anyway?

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GLENN DYER | PLAYERS |

Kerry Stokes will be asking Santa for a much better 2015

The billionaire is under attack on four fronts, with the media business and oil and gas draining his wealth.

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ADAM SCHWAB | PLAYERS |

Adam Schwab’s business winners and losers of 2014

From spectacular collapses to executives who never give up, 2014 was a busy year in the business pages. Let’s look at those who made it all possible.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne: Gerry Harvey gets richer while small shareholders shrug

There will be one person who will benefit greatly from Harvey Norman’s latest capital raising — septuagenarian founder Gerry Harvey.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

The 2014 Crikeys: Thodey, Gonski get the business gongs

Crikey’s business reporter shares his thoughts on the best and worst of the business world in 2014.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Telstra wins, we all lose in NBN deal

We’ll get the broadband network we can afford — and unfortunately, we can’t afford much.

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