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Banker joins noisy Hunter gas protest

Scott Rochfort column dinkus

CBD Not all the arguments between the current and former directors of Macquarie Group relate just to making money and more money. They also involve wine and methane gas.


And the new Master Chef at Ten is Packer

CBD The purchase by Bondi's richest man, James Packer, of a substantial stake in the Ten Network has fuelled speculation of a possible programming revamp at the television broadcaster.


Smooth ride was down to the vehicle

CBD The Aston Martin enthusiast and ANZ chief executive, Mike Smith, has provided his most definitive explanation yet on why Australian banks pulled through the financial crisis better than their...


Name is proof of those big aspirations

CBD Bell IXL Investments, the Newcastle Stock Exchange-listed investment company inspired by the spirit of the 1980s corporate raider Robert Holmes a Court, has provided perhaps one of its most upbeat...


Help, but not on apprentice wages

CBD Getting the local host of the TV show The Apprentice to help steer around an ailing industrial fastening company does not come cheap.


Alf's Ali reference takes cryptic cake

CBD The managing director of the virtual office provider Servcorp Limited, Alf Moufarrige, is becoming increasingly cryptic in his communications to shareholders.


Catholics hail an investing miracle

CBD While Sydney's Anglicans have been bemoaning their recent poor investment choices, the Catholics have been out celebrating.

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Where have all the women gone?

CBD It is the question on more than a few lips: just how many women are in senior positions at Gail Kelly's Westpac?


Gaga-chasing Gail keeps poker face

CBD Westpac's chief teller, Gail Kelly, might want to resist pushing the button on a rise in mortgage rates any time soon above the Reserve Bank's movements. That's if she wants any help.


It's great to be on the gravy train

CBD QR NATIONAL has already made the successful transition from state government utility to ASX-listed blue-chip, on at least one key measure.


Lest we forget Nick's bonus

CBD Mirvac Group has come up with what appears to be a cunning plan to silence debate at its annual meeting.


ASIC finally moves on mortgage funds

CBD The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has again displayed its lightning-fast reflexes by releasing a consultation paper on the unlisted mortgage fund sector.


First count of five in hall of fame

CBD The nation's 100,000-odd bean counters finally have their own hallowed site where they can pay tribute to ''some true giants of the accounting profession''.


Keeping it real with Fat Boy Slim

CBD Billionaire mix master Carlos 'Fat Boy' Slim Helu's new album, Live at the Sydney Four Seasons, is set to hit the shelves this week.


To tick or tick off, that is the question

CBD The Australian Securities and Investments Commission would like more feedback on its corporate grime-fighting skills.


Bunch of bleeding battlers at Photon

CBD The ousted Photon Group executive chairman, Tim Hughes, received some moral support from one of his former lieutenants yesterday, who provided a long-winded explanation to his ''friends, family,...


A cape tossed over Sol's handiwork

CBD Just in the nick of time, Telstra's chief executive, David Thodey, has saved his predecessor, Sol Trujillo, from having any blemishes added to his record as a telco industry dynamo.

Ride of the patent leather cowboys

CBD The veteran Forbes magazine columnist and billionaire Ken Fisher used the group's global CEO conference in Sydney yesterday to torpedo one of the latest catchphrases of the recent financial crisis:...


Bonus bounty for Boral departures

CBD Boral's former managing director Rod Pearse had a back-up golden parachute after he retired from the building materials group last year.


Canada and Abu Dhabi cross gulf

CBD The Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi has benefited greatly from Canada's interest in listed toll-road companies.