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Crikeys 2012: who in business won (and lost) it all

Crikeys 2012: who in business won (and lost) it all

December 19, 2012

Who deserves the title of best CEO? Which business has had the best comeback this year? Which was the business world's biggest failure? The 2012 Crikeys continue ...

Billabong: how many waves will the stubborn surfie miss?

Billabong: how many waves will the stubborn surfie miss?

December 18, 2012

Billabong executive Paul Naude is set to lodge a firm bid for the company. But will investors take the money and run? Or will Gordon Merchant again hold out for more?

Tinkler’s kingdom for a horse: racing empire sent to knackery

Tinkler’s kingdom for a horse: racing empire sent to knackery

December 17, 2012 1 Comment

Nathan Tinkler's empire is disappearing fast, but the sale of his best horse -- the aptly named All Too Hard -- will particularly sting. His meteoric rise is landing with a thud.

Workers can’t sit down, so governments should stand up

Workers can’t sit down, so governments should stand up

December 11, 2012 15 Comments

The "no sitting" rule at a major WA gas project suggests our national productivity drive is seriously off track. Governments should be investing in helping business do better.

What would a politically charged Rinehart do? Read the book

What would a politically charged Rinehart do? Read the book

December 10, 2012 8 Comments

Gina Rinehart’s new self-published book offers some unique insights into the mining billionaire. What if she decided to spend more of her fortune on political activism?

Govt agrees on GST for e-shopping — whatever you think

Govt agrees on GST for e-shopping — whatever you think

December 4, 2012

Whatever your view on applying GST to online purchases, Canberra supports it. Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury is trying to walk both sides of the street.

A promise worth breaking: the surplus is slipping away

A promise worth breaking: the surplus is slipping away

December 3, 2012 12 Comments

The government will need more cuts to protect its slim surplus, but is it really what the economy needs? The fetishism around returning to surplus is spooking business.

Why does Gerry want to fix Qantas? Because he can’t help himself

Why does Gerry want to fix Qantas? Because he can’t help himself

November 26, 2012 2 Comments

Gerry Harvey’s apparent involvement in a plot to fix Qantas is another example of a billionaire trying to fix an iconic company. These people just can't help themselves.

Click frenzy, profit wait for local retailers

Click frenzy, profit wait for local retailers

November 20, 2012 5 Comments

Australia’s big retailers are trying to jump on the Click Frenzy bandwagon, while Target is still fighting to make a profit online. The numbers for many simply don't add up.

Pratt extends the helping hand

Pratt extends the helping hand

November 19, 2012

Anthony Pratt's subtle turn towards Asia marks an important strategic direction for Visy -- plus it shows how structural change is changing the way business is done in key industries.