Australian News

G20 kicks off in Cairns

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Security tight; Russian delegation to attend, UK leaders pull out for Scottish referendum.

Weekend Economist: A matter of prudence

Rising house prices have got the RBA's attention. With New Zealand rolling out macro-prudential policies, should Australia follow suit?

No deal on GST revenue: Hockey

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State treasurers fail to agree on GST for imported goods.

Calling time on decades of tax trickery

As the impact of corporate tax-shifting on Australia grows aggressively, the G20 will be a fork in the road for Joe Hockey.

Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler tackles Australia's hot property, Gottliebsen bids farewell to the influence of the City of London and Bartholomeusz looks at the declining Australian dollar.

The Week Ahead

The RBA's bi-annual Financial Stability Review will be in focus, while ‘flash’ readings on manufacturing activity in the US, Europe and China will also be closely watched.

The RBA could face an inflation quandary

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It will take some time before our terms-of-trade decline causes inflation to rise, but the possibility of this occurring alongside below-trend growth could challenge the RBA.

Six companies shed light on Australia's growth potential

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Australia's top performing private companies in industries such as agribusiness, construction and technology show that our economy can remain prosperous if we make the right decisions.

Other sectors to feel pain from iron ore fall

Moody’s warns plunge in iron ore prices will be felt well beyond the mining sector.

Foreign investors develop a taste for Australian commercial property

Foreign investors on the hunt for passive investments are increasingly snapping up Australian commercial property, but has there been any benefit to the economy?

Australia's middle class is feeling the squeeze

In the US, the middle class is not taking part in the country's economic revival, and a similar phenomenon is occurring in Australia. Can the trend be reversed?

CEO golden parachutes cut by 70%

Top Australian CEOs pay at lowest point for a decade, but still 63 times average worker.

‘Effects test’ put on hold: report

Controversial change to competition law won’t be seen in initial competition inquiry recommendations.

Economy to improve in 2015: survey

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Westpac-Melbourne Institute index says economic activity to stay below average for 2014, improving in 2015.

A lucrative Chinese opportunity for Australian companies

In a time of economic uncertainty, many Australian companies have become risk averse, but a few are making big plans for Chinese growth.

Business nervous on outlook: surveys

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Businesses downbeat despite recent solid GDP data, surveys show.

Why the non-mining sector is holding back on investment

The non-mining sector's aversion to risk has frustrated the Reserve Bank, but it should come as little surprise due to its struggles in recent years.

Schooling the policymakers on the economy

A severely flawed assumption about national income is driving a doomsday view of the economic outlook.

Waiting for the wealth shock to wear off

The end to growth of household assets ahead of wages has left Australians traumatised. How long will it take to recover from that jolt?

Tax overhaul plans to aid startups

Employers to gain more scope to issue shares and stock ­options to their workers.