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Lucy Battersby

Lucy Battersby is Trends Reporter for The Age. Prior to this, she worked as a technology reporter. She worked on communications policy for the federal government before joining Fairfax in 2006.

Government powerless to stop daigou formula hoarders

Lucy Battersby Chinese shoppers buying on behalf of other people in Australia have revealed how they receive and fulfil the orders that come pouring in for local produce.

China's 'daigou' shoppers leading Australian retail drive

First they bought up our baby formula, next it was vitamins, now the millions back home have their eyes on Australia's fresh food - and they're sending in their shoppers.

Lucy Battersby First they bought up our baby formula, next it was vitamins, now the millions back home have their eyes on Australia's fresh food - and they're sending in their shoppers.

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BlueScope Steel stung by alleged corporate espionage

Chinnari Sridevi 'Sri' Somanchi has been accused this week of downloading a trove of company documents.

Lucy Battersby and Sarah Danckert On the day an employee was to be made redundant, she was suddenly busy on the phone, the steel maker has said in court

Watch out for mum and dad venture capitalists as inventors turn to crowdfunding

Nothing ventured: Ash Davies, 22-year-old founder and chief executive of book-publishing companyTablo.

Lucy Battersby  Move over mum and dad shareholders, and make way for mum and dad venture capitalists.

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Satirical spray outside Productivity Commission hearing into workplace relations

Fair Work Australia

Lucy Battersby Well-dressed protesters have mocked the Coalition government's position on industrial relations. 

Beat the Australian dollar crash: shop local now

Not so great now, are you, little dollar?

Lucy Battersby Right now, and for the next few weeks, it pays to shop local.

Case studies: for and against Sunday penalties

Lucy Battersby For cutting penalty rates

Trends

ABC Shops: Why they are closing

Have declining CD and DVD sales contributed to the ABC shutting its retail stores across Australia?

Lucy Battersby The national broadcaster has announced the closure of 50 ABC Shops across the country. Its online shop and retail kiosks will remain, but the bricks and mortar stores are no longer covering...

NewSat and Bob Hawke the satellite spruiker

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke (second from right) with NewSat's Adrian Ballintine (second from left) at Sydney Harbour in 2010.

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, Mark Hawthorne, Lucy Battersby Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke revealed as spruiker for controversial failed satellite group.

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NewSat high flyer dangerously close to burning his boats

NewSat.

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie and Lucy Battersby Even in the top echelons of the business world, where multi-million dollar deals are part of the daily routine, Melbourne chief executive Adrian Ballintine's talent for raising money stood out.

Satellite company NewSat executives' spending flies high

NewSat's sales pitch was simple. Stick with us and when Jabiru-1 is in orbit, we'll be raking it in.

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, Lucy Battersby External auditors have reported concerns about the lavish lifestyle of senior NewSat executives to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.

Satellite company executives sue for unfair dismissal, as profit plummets

NewSat.

Lucy Battersby, Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie Two senior NewSat executives are suing for unfair dismissal, as the Melbourne-based company reveals it must renegotiate hundreds of millions of dollars in loans within weeks or face liquidation.

Economy

Mortgage owners benefit from RBA interest rate cut and low petrol prices

Petrol pump

Lisa Visentin and Lucy Battersby Mortgage holders have been delivered some respite from the stranglehold of cost of living pressure, with the Reserve Bank dropping the interest rate to a record low of 2.25 per cent on Tuesday.

Petrol and interest rates fall a gain for consumers

Allegation: Petrol price gouging in rural areas.

Lucy Battersby Hip pockets will be well cushioned in coming months after the Reserve Bank cut the cash rate to the lowest level in 25 years.

Telecoms

NBN Co blocks FOI request: reputations at stake

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Ben Butler, Lucy Battersby NBN Co claims the reputations of its directors could be damaged if it revealed the minutes of board meeting.

NBN Co blocks FOI request: reputations at stake

NBN - fibre optics

Ben Butler, Lucy Battersby Government-owned broadband builder NBN Co claims the reputations of its directors could be damaged if it revealed which of them turned up to a September board meeting.

White Pages book use plummets 98 per cent

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Lucy Battersby All but 2 per cent of White Pages phone books delivered went straight to the recycling bin.

Telco

Opt-in scheme for print White Pages makes Sensis

White Pages.

Lucy Battersby All but 2 per cent of the heavy White Pages phone books that used to be delivered around Melbourne and Sydney went straight to the recycling bin, it has been revealed.

IBM employee sues computer giant for bonus

Fiona White says IBM owes her a $478,000 sales bonus.

Clay Lucas, Lucy Battersby She earned the company $9.1 million, now IBM employee wants her bonus.

Telecoms

Morrow relishes NBN challenge

On hold: Vodafone Australia CEO Bill Morrow is waiting to find out how much the subsidiary will receive from the deal.

Lucy Battersby Outgoing Vodafone chief hopes running NBN Co will be harder than his current job.