April, 2018

The royal commission isn’t exposing flaws in the system — this IS the system

, Apr 19, 2018

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The revelations of the banking royal commission reflect deeper issues about policymaking in Australia than just the structure of the finance industry.

‘I charge dead people’ and other horror scenarios for the government

, Apr 19, 2018

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Embarrassment isn't the only problem from the banking royal commission for the government. It will cruel its narrative in other areas too.

AMP treated the corporate regulator with contempt — understandably

and , Apr 18, 2018

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The banking royal commission has shown how utterly contemptuous of the ASIC Australia's biggest firms can be.

Banks’ business model burns to the ground at royal commission

, Apr 17, 2018

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What's left of the vertically integrated wealth management model, under which big banks and AMP ripped off consumers for years, was destroyed at the banking royal commission yesterday. And there's more to come.

Shocked government’s desperate measures to save live exports

, Apr 10, 2018

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A terrified government is rushing to do whatever it can to save the live export industry -- including attacking its own bureaucrats and embracing the opposition.

Should Australia fear another tech wreck?

, Apr 10, 2018

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Turnbull and co may bemoan the small size of our tech sector, but with certain international stocks so overvalued, Australia may well luck out in the looming bust.

Live export cruelty a years-long horror story ignored by regulators

, Apr 09, 2018

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The company responsible for recent horrific footage of dying live export animals has been repeatedly found in breach of the what passes for industry regulation, and nothing has ever been done about it.

Government strangely silent on Alinta’s Beijing connections

, Apr 05, 2018

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The government is hostile to Chinese investment in Australian electricity interests -- until it is desperate for a political fix, then anything goes.

Abbott and his Monash morons should quit the Libs

, Apr 04, 2018

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Tony Abbott isn't merely destabilising Malcolm Turnbull, he's trashing his party's values. And his history shows he simply doesn't believe in the most basic ideas of the Liberal Party.

Banks’ share price slump has been years in the making

and , Apr 03, 2018

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Bank share prices have slumped over the last twelve months as years of misconduct have finally caught up with the big financial institutions, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

The AFR’s passionate defence of company tax cuts doesn’t quite add up

, Mar 29, 2018

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Chris Murphy's all-guns-blazing defence of company tax cuts leaves out a few important factors -- elementary economics, for example.

Trump Slump sets in as White House chaos unnerves investors

and , Mar 29, 2018

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Rather than a Trump Bump, sharemarkets are undergoing an extended slump in response to the chaos of the Trump administration as he pours deficit stimulus into an already strong economy.

Trump tax cut propels share buybacks to new all-time record

, Mar 23, 2018

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Even critics of Trump's company tax cuts didn't predict just how much of them would flow into boosting share prices and looking after shareholders.

James Packer steps down from Crown, again

, Mar 21, 2018

A brief statement from his private company said that Packer, who had already briefly resigned in 2015, was suffering from "mental health issues".

Lies, damned lies, and banking mea culpas at the royal commission

, Mar 20, 2018

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While the banking royal commission exposes scandal after scandal, the corporate regulator is still uttering platitudes about the sector regulating itself.

Inland rail’s dirty secret

, Mar 20, 2018

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The inland rail project is based on a sizeable subsidy to coal exporters just to get someone to use what its backers even admit is a white elephant.

Is the ACCC inquiry into Facebook and Google out of date already?

, Mar 20, 2018

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With the revelations about Cambridge Analytica and a plummeting stock price, there are arguably much more pressing issues to discuss.

Scenes from a wage case

, Mar 16, 2018

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Retailers, apparently oblivious to irony or self-preservation, want wages cut because people aren't spending much in shops.

The WA company that mateship forgot

and , Mar 13, 2018

While the government gives itself a pat on the back for stopping Trump's tariffs hitting big Aussie companies, one small WA company has been overlooked, and is going to be smashed by US protectionism.

Defining away the gaping flaw in the company tax cut case

, Mar 12, 2018

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With Trump tax cut-funded share buybacks now worth over $200 billion in the US, company tax cut advocates have resorted to pretending share buybacks are just wonderful, thank you.