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GST lost to online imports isn’t the problem. This is …

Retailers’ arguments that we should impose the GST on online imported purchases ignore the point that other, more obvious GST fixes will yield far more money. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Solomon Lew’s private affair in a public arena

Solomon Lew is a man who normally gets his way: that’s often the case with billionaires, writes James Kirby of Business Spectator.

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DJs is making big changes: is this Paul Zahra’s last chance?

David Jones announced a dramatic transformation of the beleaguered retail chain, putting a lot of pressure on its chief executive, Paul Zahra.

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All-singin’ all-dancin’ DJs gets on board the Omni bus

A drowning retailer in an online world will grab any idea that sounds good and is being used by a peer offshore or at home.

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GST push on overseas purchases least of retail’s woes

The push by some Australian retailers for the government to apply GST on overseas retail purchases continues in earnest, despite the cost of the proposals.

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The 2011 Crikeys: who went boom and bust in business

After another year of remarkable volatility caused by the unpredictable news flow coming out of the European debt crisis, Australian investors have every reason to be sitting on their hands. So who did capitalise?

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Sure it’s tough out there in retail land, but don’t blame the government

Mark McInnes’ comments are as silly as they sound. Consumer caution is as much to do with the higher savings (back to normal levels) of Australians as any crisis of confidence caused by governments.

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Scaring the pants off consumers

So what you’re trying to say, Mark McInnes, is that consumers are so scared witless about the carbon tax that their wallets have been hermetically sealed. Uh-huh…

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McInnes is back, but is Lew’s blokey board ready for backlash?

Disgraced former David Jones boss Mark McInnes is back, this time working for Solomon Lew.

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Come in Spinner: PR, David Jones and ethics

Discussions of PR ethics often suffer from conceptual confusion — about the nature of ethical challenges and the way to deal with them.

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Were Kristy Fraser-Kirk’s PR advisers snoozing on the job?

It seems rather ironic that the former DJ publicist — and her publicist, Anthony McClellan, from AMC Media — either didn’t anticipate or failed to prevent a storm of adverse publicity surrounding her case.

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Winners hard to find in DJ’s harrassment case

It’s hard to find too many winners from the Kristy Fraser-Kirk/Mark McInnes imbroglio — certainly not the parties themselves, nor the David Jones shareholders.

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Facebook trawling and amateur psychology from the Tele

The Daily Telegraph’s Clementine Cuneo wrote a story about Kristy Fraser-Kirk - the woman suing former David Jones CEO Mark McInnes - that enforces the worst stereotypes of tabloid journalism. It seems the Tele is now into Facebook trawling and amateur psychology, writes Dave Gaukroger.

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HP chief quits after sexual harrassment probe

Six weeks after David Jones terminated its former CEO for alleged sexual misconduct, Hewlett-Packard forced out its highly admired CEO Mark Hurd after an incident with a female HP contractor.

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Gome: why didn’t the DJs board act against McInnes sooner?

We have a generation of Gen Y women who have grown up feeling that they can control their environment and not only do they have the right to say no, but they will take action, writes Amanda Gome.

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Gillard and Labor up their coverage

Julia Gillard received significantly more coverage across all media over the past week.

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Will sexual harassment cost DJs $37m?

A $37 million sexual harassment claim launched against David Jones and its former chief executive Mark McInnes has sent shockwaves through Australia’s business community.

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Kohler on sex and execs: how DJs got it right in the end

Why does a successful CEO — Mark McInnes — get his marching orders for reportedly trying to kiss a staff member, while an unsuccessful one — Malcolm Jackman — hangs on having halved the value of his company in a single day?

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Abbott doubles his coverage

A very interesting week in politics, perhaps showing the electorate pushing back against the theory that Australian politics is ever more presidential? Tony Abbott received almost twice his volume of coverage.

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Men behaving badly

Crikey readers have their say about former David Jones CEO Mark McInnes and sexual harassment in the workplace. Plus Tony Wheeler talks about his experiences of aviation in Africa.

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Most women pay dearly for making sexual harassment complaints

A turning organisational wheel always crushes the whistleblower. No wonder so many women just leave instead of complaining about sexual harassment, writes barrister Moira Rayner.

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DJs ticks all the boxes in action on McInnes scandal

The CEO and board of David Jones are to be commended for their quick and appropriate response to the Mark McInnes scandal. It’s a rare example of a large corporation hitting the mark in a corporate governance sense.

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What did David Jones’ CEO do?

Women have the right to go to work and not face “inappropriate” behaviour from bosses like just-axed David Jones CEO Mark McInnes, writes Amanda Gome.

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The more things change…

Gosh, what a big week for women! From paid parental leave to behaviour “unbecoming of a chief executive to a female staff member”, it’s been quite the week.

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There’s no other smart moves like David Jones’

David Jones CEO Mark McInnes has got a very public booting today after inappropriate behaviour towards a female staffer. But DJ’s quick moves may limit the PR damagem says Peter Ryan.

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