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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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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne: Packer backed Andrews — now how about a new Crown hotel?

James Packer gave his support to Daniel Andrews during the election campaign, and now it seems it’s time to pay the piper.

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BERNARD KEANE | PLAYERS |

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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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 | PLAYERS |

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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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 | PLAYERS |

Meet the finance academic preaching AGL-onomics

Is Queensland’s electricity grid caught in a death spiral due to its use of solar power? There are some flaws in the good professor’s argument …

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne: Murdoch rent-seeking reaches new high point in Victorian campaign

What the Herald Sun wants, it gets. But should politicians be bullied by a Murdoch tabloid into big spending commitments five days out from an election?

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Murdoch and the Saudi prince: Mayne plots the scenarios

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he “never votes” against Rupert Murdoch. But Crikey’s founder finds that the numbers don’t quite stack up …

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