Spectators

Fortescue’s debt move is an iron-clad insurance policy

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The miner is ensuring its balance sheet is best positioned to handle medium-term ore price volatility.

Why monetary policy has less pulling power

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The use of monetary policy to stimulate the economy has been largely ineffective. It may be time to pull some fiscal levers.

Intergenerational Report: Pensioners hold the cards in the surplus equation

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Unpegging the age pension rate from average weekly earnings will help the budget, but don't expect seniors support.

If a RET deal is imminent, what'll it look like?

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Minister Hunt is suggesting he could be on verge of breakthrough on RET deal. To save face the Coalition is probably desperate that the target for 2020 lie below 35,000GWh and will try to lure industry with hikes in target for 2016 and 2017 to remove renewable certificate oversupply.

Minister: Gas supply extension subsidy a 'white elephant', but won't cancel

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A Victorian Government program to subsidise the extension of gas supply infrastructure to regional towns at costs of $60,000 per connected home to continue, even though gas no longer financially attractive for households.

China business news digest

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China’s central bank is looking into deflation risk and Tencent’s Pony Ma warns of regulatory overreach.

Helping big data get us to a carbon-free future

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This speeding avalanche of data can lead to great opportunities, especially in electricity, buildings and transportation - but greater transparency is needed between customers and service providers.

Intergenerational Report: Joe Hockey and the deathly budget hallows

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It reads more like a Harry Potter tale than a serious report, and glosses over the long-term problems of the real world.

Intergenerational Report: Too political and full of implausible numbers

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The latest Intergenerational Report has a range of questionable forecasts based on absurd assumptions that ignore the structural shifts taking place in the Australian economy.

Woolies must pull a rabbit from its supermarkets bag

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The retailer's CEO, Grant O'Brien, is under pressure to quickly boost the group's food and liquor returns.

What's on China's political agenda?

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As China's National People's Congress prepares for its annual meeting, what are the chief political concerns that need to be addressed?

China's environment is caught in a steel trap

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China’s steel companies are refusing to die. Until Beijing pulls the life-support to these zombie firms, the country’s environment will continue to suffer.

Netflix takes it on the chin on net neutrality

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Netflix has long been seen as a champion for net neutrality but the US streaming giant has decided against rocking the boat on the issue in Australia, and with good reason.

February enviro markets update - VEECs and ESCs

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Victoria's energy efficiency market was subdued on - as yet, unfounded - rumours of rules changes while its NSW counterpart rallied early on the back of strong trading volumes.

How e-commerce is disrupting the logistics sector

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The growth in online shopping is driving change across the parcels delivery sector as people demand more convenience, service, choice, and faster delivery.

Telstra harnesses the winds of change

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As the global telco industry braces for the next wave of change Telstra is showing how it plans to maintain its dominance of the Australian market.

The myth of China’s overseas energy investment

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China's overseas energy purchases are driven by the profit motive and competition, not energy security.

Why do we need 3 inspectors for solar systems?

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Here’s a plan for Greg Hunt and Josh Frydenberg to do something useful with that red tape bonfire – get solar systems inspected once and properly, rather than twice inadequately with a third and proper inspection covering just a sample.

SURVEY: Inform the IEA about Aussie PV

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Australia is presently preparing a report to aid the IEA's global solar calculations. I urge the industry to contribute to this essential work by taking part in an easy-to-complete survey.

Superfish, Windows 10 and Motorola: Lenovo's learning curve

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The Superfish adware scandal has dominated tech headlines and Lenovo's COO Gianfranco Lanci explains what the company is doing to make sure it never happens again.

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