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  • The allure of BHP's spun-off vehicle

    A demerged BHP Billiton will result in two businesses with very different risk and growth profiles. The continuing BHP is likely to reap the rewards of radical simplification while NewCo may take a more aggressive approach.

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    Is it Grimes or Greg Hunt who is misleading us?

    Environment Minister Greg Hunt claimed yesterday that the Solar Council chief was dishonest because Hunt was 'crystal clear' about the government's commitment to the renewables target. So why can't Hunt answer my questions about what this commitment actually means?

  • The real reason so many small businesses fail

    Starting your own small business can be an exhilarating and rewarding adventure, but many entrepreneurs find the road to success is a rocky one.

  • Don't negotiate on ransomware

    With hackers relying less on brute force and more on trickery to burn users, here's how you can avoid paying a king's ransom.

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    Unemployed or lazy? Economists know better

    Most people don't realise that you only have to work for one hour in paid employment per week to be classed as 'employed'. A greater understanding of simple terms such as employment and unemployment will help to enlighten public discussion

  • China's gas equation, post-Gazprom

    China's natural gas demand is set to triple out to 2040 but Siberian supplies to northern and eastern provinces will likely help cover requirements.

  • Picks of the week

    In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler assesses the impact of the digital revolution, Bartholomeusz delves into the details of BHP's demerger, and Gottliebsen talks to the one minister who has a vision for Australia.

  • The Week Ahead

    Capital expenditure figures for the June quarter will be closely watched, while profit-reporting season moves into the home straight, with earnings expected from Bluescope Steel, Lend Lease and Qantas.

  • Is it Grimes or Greg Hunt who is misleading us?

    The Environment Minister claimed yesterday that the Solar Council chief was being dishonest about the government's commitment to the renewables target. So why can't Hunt define what this 'commitment' actually means?

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