Donald Trump's announcement of punitive tariffs on steel imports will hurt American businesses and consumers -- and maybe Australian workers and Malcolm Turnbull as well.
Posturing by business on energy policy is a disguise for self-interest and a demand for more handouts and protection for companies like BlueScope Steel, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.
Despite the optimistic posturing of Australia's Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens, China's economy is in trouble, and it's time for Australia to readjust its policies to recognise the looming downturn.
There is not as much money in steel as there used to be, but maybe two of Australia's manufacturers would be better off together, write Crikey business commentators Paddy Manning and Glenn Dyer.
Australia's December 2012 unemployment rate has edged closer towards 5.4%. But a comparison with 2011 shows the jobs market is more resilient than most punters give it credit for.
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?
There are at least two obvious routes through which the ongoing turmoil in European credit markets could be transmitted into this market and economy.
Just days after its AGM, BlueScope has gone out fundraising -- despite getting access to hundreds of millions in taxpayer assistance.
The problem when it comes to executive remuneration, explains Margot Saville in her account of Friday's Leighton Holdings AGM today, is that we're suffering from Lizard Brain.