Robert Gottliebsen

Robert Gottliebsen

Robert is one of Australia's most respected investment experts and has been a key commentator on Australian business and finance for over three decades. Robert co-founded Eureka Report in 2005 and was also a founding member of Business Spectator, a business news and commentary site. Robert was the founding editor of Business Review Weekly in 1981 and spearheaded the magazine for the next 19 years. He  was the original Chanticleer in The Australian Financial Review and after this, between 2000 and 2005 he was National Business Commentator for The Australian.

BHP's radical transformation is good news for shareholders

BHP is set to transform itself from a growth company to a shareholder distribution company, unlocking more of its cash flow by embarking on a sweeping productivity drive.

Andrew Robb: Time to reset the message

Andrew Robb says the Coalition's vision for Australia has been lost amid the budget rhetoric.

How Obama pushed Chinese property investors toward Australia

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Chinese property investors are buying up real estate in Australia in droves after Barack Obama made the US less attractive to seek residency.

How miners can beat the end of the boom

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Australian miners are among the least efficient in the world. That leaves enormous scope to boost profits by investing in new technologies and lifting productivity.

Liveris: Australia should be a petrochemical power

The CEO of Dow Chemical tells Robert Gottliebsen that youth unemployment is the 'critical issue of our time' and that Australia could create five extra jobs for every natural gas job if it followed Canada's lead and invested in upstream production.

The one minister who has a vision for Australia

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Amid the chaos in Canberra, one politician has big ideas on growth. At the same time, a corporate titan says there's opportunity to turn our gas crisis into a new era of development. Infrastructure spending is crucial to both plans.

Australia's coming coal firestorm

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China's shift in energy generation is bad news for our coal exports, but a whole new relationship is set to develop if Australia is prepared to embrace the new paradigms.

Dangerous omens in Deutsche Bank's tumbling shares

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The market is worried Deutsche Bank could soon run into difficulties, and that may mean dramatic ripple effects in the eurozone and broader global economy.

Some hard truths for our biggest miners

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Australia’s big miners need to look further afield to gain a more accurate picture of productivity comparisons and stop blaming unions for decisions of bad management.

Infrastructure investment needs a super shake-up

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Many self-managed super funds are about to get hit as bank shares come under pressure from disruptive new players. Opening up infrastructure investment could plug the gap.

Thodey's sitting pretty on Telstra's NBN war chest

David Thodey managed to lock in a huge NBN bounty with Labor, largely because Rudd wasn't across the numbers and Conroy was anxious to get a deal done. Telstra's CEO has big plans on how to spend that money.

The union inquiry is splitting the Coalition in two

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Big companies are just as much to blame as unions for lowering productivity but some conservatives' black-and-white view of IR could get in the way of justice.

Appeasing unions is taking its Toll

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Toll’s deal with the Transport Workers Union underscores that cartel-style agreements are not confined to construction and are damaging Australia’s productivity.

CBA can't make the same mistakes at Bankwest

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If Ian Narev has learned anything from the financial planning scandal he will act quickly to address allegations of impropriety around the Bankwest buy – and he will bypass management when he does.

China’s corruption crackdown could deliver a blow to Australia’s property market

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The Chinese government's efforts to stamp out corruption could result in regulators turning off the real estate tap, with detrimental consequences for the Australian housing market.

Shorten must go cold turkey on union cartel cash

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The new building codes of conduct have severed a lucrative funding source for Labor but any incoming government must resist winding them back if they care about supporting the community.

The domino effect that will crush the building cartels

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After years of disgraceful cartel-style agreements between Australia's major builders and unions, suddenly there has been a dramatic breakthrough that could change everything.

Something rotten at the Grocon picket line

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Grocon construction workers were expressly opposed to forming a picket outside Myer last year – so who was protesting? It’s time for the competition watchdog to sharpen its teeth.

Abbott risks losing the middle class to Palmer

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Tony Abbott’s plan to extend fair contracts provisions to SMEs is exactly what Australia’s struggling middle class needs, but is it enough to beat the increasing popularity of Clive Palmer?

Lend Lease's huge task to beat the cartels

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As the royal commission turns its attention to corruption in the construction industry, it's time to reveal what really happened when pro-cartel forces tried to destroy Grocon. The problem is much bigger than just unions.

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