The Distillery

The Distillery: Skyfall?

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Jotters consider the options for struggling Qantas, with one labelling foreign ownership complaints a smokescreen for the government guarantee it really wants.

The Distillery: Elders grief

Scribes examine departing Elders chief Malcolm Jackman's legacy and find a mixed record, while Archer Daniels Midland is hoping its upscaled GrainCorp bid will sway Joe Hockey.

The Distillery: Ansell's stretched glove?

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Jotters laud Ansell’s big US acquisition, but one asks whether the asset’s previous private equity owners might have stripped out some value.

The Distillery: Dick Smith bravado

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One jotter argues Dick Smith’s IPO is overvalued, while another sees Saputo’s ‘sweetened’ WCB bid as anything but, and could get messier.

The Distillery: Dollar weight watchers

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Jotters are happy with the current weight of the dollar while the government's financial inquiry continues to drum up interest.

The Distillery: Dollar weight watchers

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Jotters are happy with the current weight of the dollar while the government's financial inquiry continues to drum up interest.

The Distillery: Murray mistrust

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Scribes question David Murray’s suitability to head the government’s financial inquiry, but one argues the inquiry's scope should bring success regardless.

The Distillery: High-flying row

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Jotters consider where the escalating Qantas-Virgin tensions could lead, and one says the stoush is personal.

The Distillery: GPT pluck

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Scribes are surprised by a smart CPA bid from GPT, and one notes it’s a departure from Michael Cameron’s easy-does-it approach.

The Distillery: Foreign skies

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Some jotters argue foreign ownership restrictions give Qantas ground to its Virgin gripe, but one notes it gets preferential treatment of a different kind.

The Distillery: Foreign skies

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Some jotters argue foreign ownership restrictions give Qantas ground to its Virgin gripe, but one notes it gets preferential treatment of a different kind.

The Distillery: Split job

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Scribes are divided on what Australia’s jobs numbers are telling us, while others examine the foreign takeover talking points around GrainCorp and WCB.

The Distillery: Jet fuels

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Jotters agree Virgin's backers are in for the long haul in their Qantas dogfight, with one spying a battle between Tigerair and Jetstar on the horizon.

The Distillery: Murray Goulburn sours

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Jotters say while Murray Goulburn’s sweetened WCB bid has bought it time, regulatory hurdles, farmer opposition and renewed rival bids could yet get in the way.

The Distillery: Canadian Hockey

Jotters argue Joe Hockey's decision to green light Saputo is too quick, while a speech by Abbott’s lead economic advisor rankles.

The Distillery: Urban alchemy

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Jotters heap praise on Transurban Group’s bid for control of the Cross City Tunnel with one eyeing an even bigger deal on the horizon.

The Distillery: RBA growing pains

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Jotters are mixed on the RBA’s next move following its growth downgrade, while a few spy danger ahead for QE-inflated equities

The Distillery: DJs discontent

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Commentators take aim at David Jones’ corporate governance, while others ponder the challenges ahead for Fairfax Media.

The Distillery: Tax tricks

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Scribes pore over the Coalition tax changes, praising proper process, lashing the FBT call and warning of a budget war.

The Distillery: RBA jawboning

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Scribes sympathise with the Reserve Bank, which is stuck between a strong dollar and a hard place, and eye possible effects of the Fed’s next move.

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