Super Saturday: Longman a curse for Bill Shorten

Super Saturday: Longman a curse for Bill Shorten

Super Saturday adopted a nautical theme on Tuesday. Pauline Hanson gave the impression she had given up on trying to influence the result in the Queensland seat of Longman by going on a cruise, somewhere off the coast of Ireland. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was in the Adelaide Hills hamlet of Mount Lofty, warning…
Super funds say they have lots of ‘other’ expenses

Super funds say they have lots of ‘other’ expenses

by Joanna Mather The banking royal commission has highlighted the relatively high costs allocated by industry super funds to a mysterious "other" category, as it prepares to question fund directors next month. A fifth of expenses associated with industry funds, and 10 per cent of those for retail funds, are classified as "other", these costs may…
Fresh calls for Australia to challenge Beijing’s South China Sea island claims

Fresh calls for Australia to challenge Beijing’s South China Sea island claims

Labor and a former senior defence official say Australia should consider co-ordinating efforts with like-minded allies to conduct freedom of navigation patrols contesting Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop ruled out doing unilateral exercises in her strongest language yet. Ms Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne overnight wrapped…
What triggered the sell-off in global bond markets?

What triggered the sell-off in global bond markets?

By all rights, it was a story that investors should have ignored. Late last week there were several media reports that suggested the Bank of Japan was about to take a close look at whether its policy of keeping the yield on Japanese 10-year bonds close to zero was eroding bank profitability and stifling trading…
Don’t upset Trump, foreign policy establishment tells Malcolm Turnbull

Don’t upset Trump, foreign policy establishment tells Malcolm Turnbull

He is vainglorious, inconsistent and dishonest. He has sided with the primary adversary of the liberal political order. He has undermined decades of international cooperation on trade. He may be a menace to world peace, human rights and social progress. But the foreign policy establishment has some advice for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: don't mess…
Only LNG imports can save east coast gas market: Mark Samter

Only LNG imports can save east coast gas market: Mark Samter

Only LNG imports can save the Australian government from a nightmare scenario of having to choose between breaking gas export contracts with Asian buyers or subjecting the east coast to real supply shortages, according to the respected energy analyst that sounded the alarm on the "slow train crash" looming in the market more than three years…
Scott Morrison backs calls for WTO revamp as trade war threatens to escalate

Scott Morrison backs calls for WTO revamp as trade war threatens to escalate

Australia has backed growing calls for a revamp of global trade rules to defuse an escalating tariff war between the US and Europe and China, with Treasurer Scott Morrison calling for a broader review "of how the system has failed". During two days of intense discussions in Buenos Aires between Group of 20 finance ministers,…
Frenemy fraud is top economic crime: PwC

Frenemy fraud is top economic crime: PwC

    Companies being ripped off by their own customers is now the number-one economic crime in Australia, PwC's annual fraud survey finds. For the first time in the 27 years of the survey, crime threats from outside an organisation now outweigh risks from the inside. Four years ago, less than half of all economic crime came from…
Apple MacBook Pro review: get ’em while they’re hot

Apple MacBook Pro review: get ’em while they’re hot

I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. From all the controversy that has surrounded Apple's top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro for 2018, you'd think it was the first time it occurred to anyone that Apple might sometimes sacrifice utility for aesthetics. The most expensive MacBook Pro, which features a brand-new Intel Core i9 processor rather than the…
NDIS: What happens when the powerful deal with disability

NDIS: What happens when the powerful deal with disability

by Fiona Carruthers Surrounded by the accoutrements of corporate success – plush sofas, expensive art, an office full of busy staff – venture capitalist, banker, philanthropist and father of three girls Mark Carnegie casts his mind back to when his youngest daughter Matilda, now 20, was diagnosed with profound deafness and limb abnormalities at the…

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