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Nowhere to hide from the taxman

CBD One Australia-founded company could end up feeling slightly less embarrassed than the Irish Prime Minister about the state of the Emerald Isle's finances.

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Public probe to soothe hot tempers

CBD The former executives of the Phil Sullivan-founded City Pacific could finally be asked to explain the collapse of the Gold Coast property group and its dealings with its largest mortgage fund.

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Win-win follows loss-loss for Gore

CBD A tearful Craig Gore was inducted into the Order of the White Shoe yesterday after managing to get enough of his 92 creditors to agree to the largest personal insolvency agreement in Australian...

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Some safety nets look like hammocks

CBD There is at least one large bank that understands that taxpayer-funded safety nets can only go so far.

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Barrister finds he's on the other side

CBD It was a ripe coincidence in the Supreme Court in Darlinghurst yesterday when the barrister Dion Accoto leapt to his feet and launched a fearless liquidator's examination into the demise of Wright...

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Receiver's greeting may be hi and bye

CBD Debenture holders in Bridgecorp Finance have received the first and possibly last snippet of good news since the Rod Petricevic-headed property finance group went belly up more than three years ago.

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Branson skirts close to rankings bet loss

CBD The cross-dressing wager between Virgin Group's head self-publicist, Sir Richard Branson, and Air Asia's head self-publicist, Tony Fernandes, was neck and neck last night as the formula one teams...

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Thank you and good night, Mr Coe

CBD It is encouraging to see that the former boss of the collapsed Allco Finance Group did some good during the recent financial crisis.

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Plunge leaves MD looking vulnerable

CBD The listed groundkeeping and painting concern Programmed Group has lost some of its gusto over defending itself against potential takeovers.

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Giving them a run for their money

CBD The physical health of Sydney's financial sector will be stress-tested in Centennial Park this evening, where about 7000 entrants from 300 companies will take part in the 5.

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Avoiding tax is not an option

CBD You have to feel a tinge of sympathy for James Bateman over the saga of his 1 million free options over shares in the family shop, Primary Health Care.

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The irksome task of a top banana

CBD The Wesfarmers chief executive, Richard Goyder, appears to be itching for a job demotion. Goyder has displayed a tinge of jealousy about the freedom his underlings enjoy in not having to front a...

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Oh, what a lovely Wal, says Leighton

CBD War? What war? Leighton Holdings' majority shareholder, Hochtief, appeared baffled yesterday over reports of its alleged rift with the group's outgoing chief executive, Wal King.

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Gore blimey, the offer of a lifetime

CBD His father had a well publicised phobia of cockroaches and a fetish for white footwear.

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Better get that crystal ball fixed

CBD Herston Economics, the think tank of which the former NSW premier Neville ''Nifty'' Wran and his business associate Albert Wong are directors, appeared to be suffering a case of sour grapes yesterday...

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Seeking critical mass in a critical mess

CBD The shipwrecked hulk of the SS Mariner Corporation has provided a very novel explanation on a proposed capital injection (aka bailout package) it is set to receive from a Melbourne investment manager.

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A punt on property offers rich rewards

CBD The founder of the copper explorer Cudeco, Wayne McCrae, appears to have dug up some nuggets around downtown Cloncurry, despite his company recently disappointing the market with an underwhelming...

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Every corporate watchdog has its day

CBD The corporate regulator has again displayed its lightning-fast reflexes by being the first to recognise something that appears to have been missed by the general market.

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Mates' rates make jet hire a saving

Scott Rochfort column dinkus

CBD The Asciano Group chairman, Malcolm Broomhead, has dispelled concerns that the port and rail operator is incurring unnecessary costs by using the chief executive Mark Rowsthorn's Gulfstream 450 jet.

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Sharp end of the pay scale despite losses

CBD It is a shame the loss-making safety syringe company Unilife switched its primary listing from the ASX to the Nasdaq this year.