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Amazon isn’t the only predator in the retail jungle

Amazon isn’t the only predator in the retail jungle

Bernard Keane November 23, 2017 4 Comments

The arrival of Amazon is only the latest threat to retailing, which has been enduring structural change in the economy now for years.

Rogue, out-of-control union mysteriously fails to get wage rises

Rogue, out-of-control union mysteriously fails to get wage rises

Bernard Keane November 17, 2017 6 Comments

The mining industry says industrial relations reform is urgently needed to rein in mining unions. Wages growth data begs to differ.

Shareholder dividends v real investment: RBA picks a winner

Shareholder dividends v real investment: RBA picks a winner

Glenn Dyer November 14, 2017 3 Comments

Are shareholders and ticket clippers a weight on effective investment in the economy? The Reserve Bank seems to think so.

Is high Chinese demand about to wreck the government’s gas deal?

Is high Chinese demand about to wreck the government’s gas deal?

Glenn Dyer November 10, 2017 3 Comments

A surge in demand for LNG in China is dragging gas prices upward, which spells trouble for the government's effort to keep a lid on domestic prices.

Breaking: Arrested Saudi Prince sells key $US1 billion voting stake in 21st Century Fox

Breaking: Arrested Saudi Prince sells key $US1 billion voting stake in 21st Century Fox

Stephen Mayne November 8, 2017 4 Comments

What does the shock sale, which comes in the wake of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's arrest, signal for the Murdoch empire's fortunes?

ACCC walks a fine line in media regulation

ACCC walks a fine line in media regulation

Bernard Keane November 1, 2017 3 Comments

The ACCC's new media merger guidelines address diversity but not in a way that provides any certainty for investors or consumers.

NBN farce the result of a neoliberal absurdity

NBN farce the result of a neoliberal absurdity

Bernard Keane October 24, 2017 25 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull says we shouldn't have started from where we did on the NBN -- problem is, we didn't have much choice, thanks to market economics.

How to extricate yourself from an energy policy jam

How to extricate yourself from an energy policy jam

Bernard Keane October 18, 2017 51 Comments

There are a few tricks to Malcolm Turnbull's new energy policy. Here's how he did it.

Australian neoliberalism meets its conqueror: electricity

Australian neoliberalism meets its conqueror: electricity

Bernard Keane October 16, 2017 28 Comments

The problems of our failed electricity market are the same problems that crop up time and again when market economics is applied to crucial services.

Ghost of Abbott haunts Clean Energy Target retreat

Ghost of Abbott haunts Clean Energy Target retreat

Bernard Keane October 10, 2017 25 Comments

The government is banking on using energy policy to differentiate itself from Labor -- but Tony Abbott continues to complicate the issue.