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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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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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Removal of ‘two out of three’ ain’t bad for News Corp

A move to to amend media ownership restrictions would be a positive for News Corp, but the ACCC might yet be a hurdle, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Virgin’s move on Tiger raises tough competition questions

The ACCC has raised concerns about Virgin’s possible move to buy up Tiger. Ben Sandilands looks at who is competing against whom in Australian aviation.

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Mayne: what deal did Packer and Stokes cook up in Broome?

As James Packer decides who he should sell his $1 billion controlling stake in Consolidated Media Holdings to, News Corp and Telstra have every reason to feel aggrieved.

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Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review: content competition

When it comes to convergence, it’s clear that content is king.

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Graeme Samuel blasts back

Graeme Samuel is back in business … and says he is “absolutely” ready to return to public office at the highest level, writes James Kirby, of Business Spectator.

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Tweet for your supper: the new wave of cash-for-comment

Celebrity tweeting is fast becoming one of the most valuable commodities on the internet, writes Dylan Barber. After Charlie Sheen and Kim Kardashians made it big, now Australian celebrities are cashing in.

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Foxtel-Austar merger a terrible competition decision

The ACCC missed a major moment in the history of regulation in this country and a chance to boost national productivity and the pace of technological change, say Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Apple in court: ACCC iPad fight tests dodgy 4G claims

4G is a dog’s breakfast, and Apple may end up eating it, served on an iPad. The ACCC says describing the new iPad as “iPad with WiFi + 4G” is misleading. They’ve got a point.

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Sandilands’ falls … Schembri on air …. BBC cuts jobs …

In today’s Media Briefs: Sandilands ratings lowest in three years … Herald Sun’s all-body experience … Front Page of the Day … ACCC delays Foxtel/Austar merger decision … again … BBC News cuts: 140 posts to go and more …

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Frustration not fear keep farmers mum on retail wars

The ACCC has offered protection to whistleblower farmers and grocery supplies if they report price gouging by supermarkets. But for those on the land it’s still easier said than done.

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Mortgage, interest rate cuts war as serious as the Nullarbor Nymph

Yes, the big four: CBA, ANZ, Westpac and NAB are sitting back and waiting for one of them to bolt from cover, so they others can get a lead on how much of the 0.25% rate cut to pass on.

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ACCC seeks real powers to restrain overpricing at airports

The costs of car parking at major Australian airports, and the fees they charge airlines per passenger could be cut under a new proposal by the ACCC, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Is Virgin Australia ‘real’ about saving consumers from the confusion of too much choice?

If Singapore Airlines is looking in some way to its proposed alliance with Virgin Australia to help overcome the misfortunes of Tiger Airlines, then the public records of the ACCC suggest it may be disappointed, writes Ben Sandilands.

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Bartholomeusz: Telstra’s calm and collected separation

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission caused a minor convulsion in the market for Telstra shares yesterday when it released its preliminary views on the group’s structural separation undertakings.

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Age head-hunting … AUSTAR misled …

After an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, pay TV and internet provider AUSTAR admitted “its contracts were likely to mislead consumers and breach Australian Consumer Law.” Plus other media news of the day.

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Coalition must adjust to life with fibre

The deals between the NBN and Telstra and Optus lock in the NBN and make life immensely difficult for the Liberals in communications.

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The death of competition? Grave concerns over ACCC tick to funeral giant

Family funeral homes are concerned they might be in the gun, after the ACCC allowed local firm InvoCare to acquire one of its competitors, Bledisloe Group.

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Alert the ACCC: Roxon’s alcohol floor price is a classic case of price fixing

Roxon’s plan to fix the floor price of alcohol means effectively the retail alcohol industry is going to be coerced into a massive cartel between itself and the government, writes Ian Hanke.

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The Oz goes Fairfax … local content quotas … ACCC’s media worry …

The Australian tells Fairfax how to do its job. Plus, Free TV Australia wants to loosen the Australian content quota restrictions placed on Australian FTA broadcasters and other media news of the day.

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Stacking the shelves: home brand vs. ‘premium’, what’s the difference?

As the pricing war between Coles and Woolworths heats up, there are concerns the push toward home brand products could see consumers left with less choice in their trolley. In part three of an ongoing series, Crikey examines the rise of generics — and market power.

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Stacking the shelves: the home brand backlash, from pollies to rivals

As the pricing war between Coles and Woolworths heats up, there are concerns the push toward home brand products could see consumers left with less choice in their trolley. In part two of an ongoing series, Crikey examines the rise of generics — and market power.

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Stacking the shelves: the rise and rise of home brand products

As the pricing war between Coles and Woolworths heats up, there are concerns the push toward home brand products could see consumers left with less choice in their trolley. In part one of an ongoing series, Crikey examines the rise of generics — and market power.

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Why ACMA should force Lachlan Murdoch off News Corp board

Given that Lachlan Murdoch is now exerting clear influence over Ten Network Holdings as acting CEO and a substantial shareholder, why aren’t the regulators examining the question of his ongoing directorship of News Corp?

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