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Business bites: Myer’s new CEO … petrol won’t say low … Buffett has a real go …

China’s economy continues the slow march. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Economic ‘green shoots’ vanishing fast despite Abbott’s spin

The Prime Minister’s claims about the economy are clearly contradicted by the Reserve Bank’s decision to cut interest rates. It’s time he was honest with voters, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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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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Business bites: Packer rolls the dice … break point for tennis streams … the Don takes care of business

The Don sends a message to departing Nufarm CEO Doug Rathbone. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Joe must go: Hockey is harming the economy and undermining the RBA

Joe Hockey has damaged the independence of the Reserve Bank and left the economy in trouble as bad times loom, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Hockey bets it all on a rate cut, but will the banks save his bacon?

The banks haven’t a leg to stand on when it comes to claiming they can’t pass on the RBA’s rate cut in full. But they might withhold some of it anyway.

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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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Business minutes: Packer cashes in … RBA decision … bank ‘efficiencies’ …

Is James Packer a fan of Communist-style efficiency? Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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Reserve Bank goes back to the bad old days

The Reserve Bank appears once again to be playing favourites by breaching its own communications policy on the direction of monetary policy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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CPI falls, but don’t expect a rate cut

Inflation in the December quarter showed a marked slowing, but it’s unlikely to lead to an interest rate cut, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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What falling oil prices will mean for the RBA’s next rate decision

As the world’s economies struggle to cope with falling oil prices, what will Australia’s central bank decide to do?

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Dollar and China will drive a switch in RBA thinking

Weakening growth won’t shift the Reserve Bank’s thinking on interest rates as much as the strength of the dollar and how the Chinese property market fares, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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More women in public service, but Indonesia still puts our cabinet to shame

Efforts to increase the representation of women at the key economic agencies have met with mixed success, but progress is being made.

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How healthy are our banks? It’s time to end the secrecy

It’s time investors were told how Australian banks perform in stress tests — like overseas investors are told, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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CPI result shows soft wages offsetting the dollar

Australia’s already low inflation rate has fallen further, while wages are likely to remain subdued — meaning lower demand in the economy, something business isn’t very happy about, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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The RBA gives Joe his first repayment — and he desperately needs it

The RBA’s annual report reveals a big dividend for Joe Hockey — and he badly needs it, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Reserve Bank ratchets up property warnings

The Reserve Bank has further elevated its warnings about property price growth in Sydney and Melbourne, amid concerns it threatens the broader economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Housing boom delivers a potential headache for the government

The government faces a growing problem around the booming property markets of Sydney and Melbourne while the Reserve Bank can see danger to the wider economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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What crisis? How the ‘purveyors of crisis porn’ pervert our economy

There’s no economic crisis, despite what the doomsters insist. Instead, we have a series of eminently soluble problems, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Why Australia’s business boffins need to stop worshipping the confidence fairy

If Australia’s esteemed economics experts are looking for a confidence problem, they shouldn’t blame risk-averse businesses. The answer is much closer to home …

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In ‘high-wage, high-cost’ Australia, workers are going backwards

Australians’ real wages are falling — which is bad news for domestic demand but great news for business when coupled with productivity growth.

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Relax, the unemployment figures are not so bad

Oh no, Australia’s unemployment is at a 12-year high! But if you look more deeply into the figures, you’ll find things aren’t so dire after all …

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Evidence suggests an economy tracking below trend

Data this week shows the economy has slowed in the June quarter, maybe significantly, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Securency superinjunction another twist in a long-running scandal

The Securency case that prompted the now-notorious Department of Foreign Affairs injunction has been going for years and shows no signs of ending soon.

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Can we have financial reform when banks are too big to regulate?

The demonstration of bank power on the FOFA repeal illustrates the challenge of effectively regulating a sector that is beginning to dominate the Australian economy, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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