Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced commentators and journalists. Alan is the founder of Eureka Report, Australia’s most successful investment newsletter, and Business Spectator, a 24-hour free business news and commentary website. He also hosts Inside Business, a half-hour Sunday programme on the ABC, is the finance presenter on the ABC News - and producer of the nightly graph (or two).
Reports by the Parliamentary Budget Office and Treasury confirmed Labor has blown out a structural budget deficit that began under John Howard's government, and the next government has quite a job on its hands.
This week China has outlined details of its first carbon trading scheme while its National Development and Reform Commission has recommended an absolute cap on emissions. The moves represent major signs of progress.
The digital dividend auction has come and gone and the “red underpants” are now firmly atop the head of Stephen Conroy. While Telstra and Optus have picked up what they need, what does TPG Telecom want to do with $13.5 million of spectrum?
The communications minster may be touting some big numbers when it comes to selling the NBN rollout. But is spouting 'meaningless' facts and figures good enough to disguise the poor rate of fibre delivery?
Optus Business boss John Patriadis has successfully bolstered the business by finally bringing Alphawest into the fold. But it's the addition of Singtel ICT consultancy NCS that could really provide the wow factor.
The relationship between NBN Co and its construction partners has been strained from the start and sorting out this mess could prove to be just as hard as the Telstra re-negotiations for Malcolm Turnbull.
Blackberry boss Thorsten Heins may be going against the data in saying that tablets will be out of the picture in five years. But executing on these kind of crazy ideas may be the path to BlackBerry's salvation.