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Tony ‘moral and correct’ Shepherd’s parting shot from BCA

Tony Shepherd has left the Business Council demanding Labor “be held to account” for its fiscal decisions. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer wonder which decision those might be.

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How the FWA was a miserable failure — at justifying business hysteria

Last year was the second lowest year for industrial disputes since records began. So much for business claims it would lead to industrial chaos.

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Meet Tony Shepherd, Transfield’s doyen of debt

Tony Shepherd, charged with finding ways for the Commonwealth to pay down debt, knows plenty about debt, and not so much about paying it down, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Carbon pricing: what business actually said

Cast your mind back to 2007, when then-prime minister John Howard and most major business leaders agreed an emissions trading scheme or a price on carbon was the only way forward. How things have changed.

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The good and the bad of Hockey’s Commission of Audit

Joe Hockey is lifting the debt ceiling and firing up a Commission of Audit to tell us what to privatise or cut. The scope of the Commission is excellent, but the panel members are mostly duds, write Crikey commentators Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Economic debate Aussie-style: a tale of two datasets

It’s difficult to have an informed economic debate when key data is ignored because it doesn’t fit the media narrative. Crikey’s Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Manning the barricades

Crikey readers talk about the Business Council of Australia, Bradley Manning and a modest proposal for asylum seekers.

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The Business Council’s giant passive-aggressive fridge note

The Business Council’s call for economic reform betrays a business mindset that it should be the passive recipient of government help. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer interpret the document.

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Charge your glasses for The AFR’s budget drinking game

Australia’s business leaders spout the same pre-budget talking points about the economy over and over again, and The AFR happily parrots them, argue Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane. Bottoms up!

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Crikey Calling: the earning and learning podcast

Has the Business Council of Australia got a vision for Australia? Has anyone? Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane takes Crikey editor Jason Whittaker through the business agenda. Plus should we really give a Gonski?

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Shepherd’s vision: kamikaze politicians delivering for business

Tony Shepherd’s economic vision for Australia ignores what we’ve already achieved and relies on politicians delivering for business regardless of what the electorate wants, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Hold the panic over the EU carbon price plunge

Claims Australia’s carbon price is in terrible trouble due to the price plunge in Europe’s carbon scheme need to be seen for what they are. Australia’s polluters have a sweet deal from our carbon price, and they know it.

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BCA nostalgic for a bureaucratic past it helped to destroy

The Business Council’s proposals for rpublic sector reform are a bizarre throwback to the “Rip Van Winkle” years. Perhaps Jennifer Westacott is annoyed the reform she wants isn’t being taken up.

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Tony Shepherd and freedom of corporate speech

The rhetoric on media ownership laws coming from the business sector is nonsensical. And whose free speech do they want to protect?

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Sales’ pub test … Smith v Williams … Newsweek online only …

In today’s Media Briefs: Leigh Sales pub test … Business Council of Australia on media regulation … Newsweek to become online only … WashPo develops real-time fact checking app and more …

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Deep in the heart of Texas with the Business Council

A new BCA report on poor productivity in Australia appears to be aimed at increasing the use of immigrant labour. It is, as John Cleese might say, “wafer thin”.

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Whatever happened to the productivity crisis?

Yesterday’s national accounts significantly change our perspective on the “productivity crisis”.

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Dear Jennifer Westacott, this is why we’re
disappointed

Business has complained about the quality of policy debate. There’s an irony in that, says Bernard Keane in his letter to Business Council chief Jennifer Westacott.

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Is green tape the biggest challenge COAG can think of?

Political leaders will devote much of today’s COAG meeting to consider a push by Victoria and NSW to do away with “unnecessary” environmental regulations, writes the ACF’s Chuck Berger.

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Business Council of where?

Some of our “Australian” industry bodies don’t quite live up to their titles, write Bernard Keane and Crikey intern Iona Salter.

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Labor’s quest for business endorsement on carbon

Business endorsement of a carbon price won’t assist Labor, and it’s unlikely to get it anyway.

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Good question, prime minister

Julia Gillard has always been good at calling a spade a spade. And that’s exactly what she’s done in her letter to the Business Council of Australia today.

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The strange reform hypocrisy of Australian business

Australian business has an ordinary record of backing economic reform.

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The Punch’s new puppet

A few days after the BCA’s proposal to slash funding for the disabled to pay for the flood levy was roundly condemned, News Ltd’s The Punch publishes a vigorous defence by… well, some anonymous creation. Jeremy Sear explains.

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Mayne: directors club scrambling to retain barriers to entry

Directors of Australian public companies have long enjoyed something of a closed shop with substantial barriers to entry and very few new entrants attempting to barge their way in uninvited.

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