Leadership

Profits up, animal spirits down

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Business leaders are complaining about political instability undermining confidence, but the real problem is the cost of doing business in Australia.

Energy investors are spooked by political uncertainty

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Investing in energy has always been a tricky business, but the added uncertainty created by political upheaval further damages investor confidence.

BHP's IR lessons for Australian companies

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While Tony Abbott will struggle to reform industrial relations, BHP is showing that companies can make the existing system work to their advantage.

Tackling intergenerational theft? Abbott doesn't have a clue

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Tony Abbott talking about putting a stop to intergenerational theft rings pretty hollow, considering this is the government that has axed the carbon tax, tried to increase university fees and hopes to cut youth welfare.

Chinese innovation and the Haier model

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The man who helped turn a Chinese state-owned fridge maker into a global white goods giant plans to transform the company into a platform for innovation.

Westpac’s Hartzer may cull old job

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New Westpac boss is preparing for a shake-up of bank's management structure: report.

Gyngell tops salary charts: report

Nine boss enjoys $19.6m salary, leads way from little-known head of investment firm.

Shareholder value maximisation is a dumb idea

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Rather than maximising shareholder value, the dominant corporate strategy since the 1980s has led to short-term thinking and a blow-out in CEO pay.

Treasury's Parkinson confident of outlook

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Outgoing Treasury boss Martin Parkinson says Australia will seize future opportunities.

What lies beneath the Vic election: tax

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The big tax squeeze is the key to the Victorian election results.

Class action risk has boards on edge

A fear of shareholder activism is deterring boards from offering earnings guidance.

Business heads lobby G20 leaders

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Business leaders to lobby G20 leaders with policy initiatives they believe will help exceed global growth targets.

The G20 will put Abbott's political management to the test

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The Abbott government wants to keep the G20 focused on economic issues, but climate change and Ebola have muscled their way on to the agenda.

From Green Army to national service

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Australia scrapped conscription in 1972 but with a new generation of young under-employed with few prospects for work, perhaps it’s time to revisit the merits of national service.

China, Japan leaders break the ice

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have met for formal talks for the first time since both took power two years ago.

The delicate Abe-Obama balancing act

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Heading into the APEC summit in Beijing next week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ambitions are not all aligned with those of President Barack Obama.

BT calls for super independence

Head of BT Financial says industry super funds need more independent directors: report.

Raising the alarm on bloated dividends

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Australian CEOs need to stop being so risk averse and to communicate directly with self-managed funds about the importance of positive growth strategies.

World Bank bonuses raise ire

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Bonuses paid to World Bank senior officials at a time of belt-tightening raise employees' concerns.

Without real reform, Hockey’s budget pain will be for nothing

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Peter Costello is right to discredit the government's proposed GP co-payment. Far more rigorous reform in healthcare, aged care and tax is necessary to avoid long-term fiscal catastrophe.

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