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If an oak falls and no one hears it, did it really fall?

CBD The embattled Sunshine Coast property outfit Oaks Hotels & Resorts waited for most people to knock off work on Friday before announcing the tenure of its chief executive, Brett Pointon, had ''been...

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No gain, so Babcock shares the pain

CBD Maybe he really is just a sentimental old so-and-so. Why else would big Jim Babcock, the brains behind failed financial engineer Babcock & Brown, still own shares in Alinta Energy?

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Rinehart's tale of two islands

CBD The iron ore baron Gina Rinehart's foray into the media sector has not stopped with her recent purchases of sizeable slabs in Fairfax Media and Ten Network.

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Sobering advice for new regulators

CBD The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has offered a very sobering piece of advice on how regulators should go about preventing any future financial crises.

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Bill is missing the luck of the Irish

CBD The name Ireland is increasingly synonymous with high levels of indebtedness. First there was the country.

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Mariner's chief cut adrift at last

CBD Caught in the flotsam of the recent half-year results season was the announcement that the founder of the wreck of the SS Mariner Corporation, Bill Ireland, had finally jumped ship from his $525,000...

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He wasn't so hard to find, after all

CBD A four-year-old tax bill has finally caught up with the former pig industry and turf farm figure Achilles ''Big Al'' Constantinidis.

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'Key role' explanation for buyback price

CBD The property outfit formerly aligned with Babcock & Brown, Payce Consolidated, has pitched some creative arguments on why an extra premium should be placed on the value of shares owned by an outgoing...

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Sol Trujillo and his latest amigo

CBD The former Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo, who lashed out at Australians for repeatedly highlighting his Mexican heritage, does not seem to mind playing it up himself.

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Downer just wants trains to run on time

CBD The downgrade-prone rail contractor Downer Group confirmed yesterday what the market had long suspected.

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Wran's the man down the mines

CBD Former NSW premier Neville Wran and his business chum Albert Wong will have another stab at becoming the fourth force in iron ore.

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Well done us, says ASIC boss

CBD The nation's head corporate grime fighter, Tony D'Aloisio, was in a triumphant mood yesterday when he appeared before a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra to explain how things had much improved...

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Mullin' over the ins and outs of Asciano

CBD Asciano Group's new managing director, John Mullen, has conceded that he has a lot to learn about the business he joined a fortnight ago.

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Collishaw's cut may head off a coup

CBD The chief executive of Mirvac, Nick Collishaw, has joined the growing list of world leaders to offer concessions as part of an effort to cling to power.

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Don's drilled into a greenback gusher

Scott Rochfort column dinkus

CBD The repeated warnings by Woodside's outgoing chief executive, Don Voelte, about the impact of rising labour costs have again played out in the company's annual report.

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Last-minute swan dive for Paramor

CBD The former Mirvac chief executive Greg Paramor will be praying that Collingwood's winning streak against the Sydney Swans does not continue tomorrow when the embattled property group Folkestone...

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Qantas boss Joyce grounds his tongue

CBD The chief executive of Qantas, Alan Joyce, was careful yesterday to ensure there were no translation errors from his presentation of the airline's half year results.

The Babcock chairs that could be yours

CBD Onlookers, vultures and devotees of corporate collapses are making their way to Alexandria this week for what should be one of the last remaining Babcock & Brown asset sales.

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Chill wind blows in the bank chambers

CBD The hostilities between NAB and the other three big banks showed no sign of abating yesterday. There were concerns one of the lenders could take out a retaliatory newspaper ad explaining how...

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Leighton CFO walks the walk

CBD Leighton's chief financial officer, Peter Gregg, exuded a sense of achievement yesterday when he took to the lectern at the group's half-year results briefing.