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Former minister for the defence industry Christopher Pyne (Image: AAP/David Mariuz)

In the race for taxpayer cash, EY struggles — despite Pyne

Hiring former defence minister Christopher Pyne doesn't seem to have helped big four consulting firm EY lift its game in securing defence contracts.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Frydenberg’s billion-dollar warning

Good morning, early birds. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg warns Australians stand to lose billions if states are forced to resume shutdowns, and in Blighty, PM Boris Johnson wants everyone back to work quick smart. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Spend a buck, gain a thousand: Big Four political donations reach record levels

While big bank donations to parties have dried up, the world's big consulting firms have replaced them as sources of political funding, all while taxpayers hand more and more money back.

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Financial firms hedged their bets on election outcome

A look at political donations by the Big Four accounting firms shows us that they mostly had a bet each way on the election outcome.

Only Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson (right) was game enough to raise the issue of political donations by the big four.

If only the big four consulting firms loved transparency as much as schmoozing politicians

Some of our biggest political donors and key policy advisers operate without the kind of basic transparency that we expect of corporations.

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Any Pyne inquiry should take a hard look at the big four

Christopher Pyne's role with a big four consulting firm is less important than the relentless growth of those firms within government. That's what a Senate inquiry should examine.

Former minister for the defence industry Christopher Pyne. (Image: AAP/David Mariuz)

Pyne to help E&Y catch up in the race for military cash

Defence offers a lucrative source of revenue for the big four consulting firms, and a rich tradition of former officials helping companies take advantage.

Greens take a step forward in reining in the big four accounting firms

The big four consulting firms are becoming embedded in Australia's public sector, and that's a serious threat to good governance. The Greens propose to make a start in reining them in, but more is required.

China hits Australian coal imports with indefinite ban

Good morning, early birds. China has imposed an indefinite ban on coal imports from Australia ahead of strict new quotas, and Labor blasts the Coalition for stacking the Administrative Appeals Tribunal with former Liberal MPs and staffers. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Big Four accounting firms emerge as major political donors

The Big Four accounting firms have emerged as our dominant political donors at a time when we need to regulate them most.

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