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Lucy Battersby

Lucy Battersby is Technology Reporter for Fairfax Media. She worked on communications policy for the federal government before joining Fairfax in 2006.

Fallen childcare ex-mogul 'homeless', broke

Eddy Groves.

Lucy Battersby and Ben Butler Eddy Groves once owned property across three continents, but now the bankrupt childcare tsar says he is homeless.

'Homeless' Groves lists debts of $21.6m

Eddy Groves

Lucy Battersby, Ben Butler ABC Learning founder Eddy Groves once owned property across three continents, but now the bankrupt claims he is homeless.

Predatory behaviour? Investigation at Coles


Eli Greenblat and Lucy Battersby An internal investigation is underway at Coles examining whether the supermarket chain is engaging in improper predatory and anti-competitive behaviour.

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Watchdog eyes supermarket tactics

Generic groceries face off.

Lucy Battersby Coles and Woolworths may have misused their market power by demanding additional payments from suppliers and discriminating against them, the ACCC says.

Debenture rules shake-up


Lucy Battersby Bond issuers face tighter controls on disclosure and minimum capital under new proposals.

Zaam bosses banned for irresponsible lending

Lucy Battersby The corporate regulator has banned two directors of rental company Zaam Rentals and cancelled the company's credit licence for failing to comply with responsible lending obligations.

Chief justice decries funding and fees crisis

patrick keane

Lucy Battersby THE outgoing Chief Justice of the Federal Court wants the government to urgently restore funding or risk the court stretching resources to a point where it starts ''devouring'' itself.

Customers keep hanging up on Vodafone

Vodaphone shop.

Lucy Battersby Vodafone Group's share of revenue from its Australian subsidiary fell by 16 per cent in the last three months of 2012.

Buyout keeps Wettenhalls on the road


Lucy Battersby Receivers of trucking company Wettenhalls Group have sold part of the business in a management buyout. The purchase will help protect about 200 permanent jobs and keep the trucks on the road.

Future Fund weighs up tobacco shares


Lucy Battersby The Future Fund will soon decide whether to continue holding shares in tobacco companies.

Future Fund mulling over tobacco investments

Golden egg / eggs in a nest, Thinkstock

Lucy Battersby The Future Fund will soon decide whether it will keep investing in the tobacco industry, the managing director revealed at a portfolio update on Tuesday morning.

Visa facing ACCC action over currency conversion

Visa credit cards.

Lucy Battersby Visa will ''vigorously defend itself'' against legal action by Australia's competition watchdog.

Visa sued by ACCC over alleged misuse of power


Lucy Battersby Australia’s competition watchdog is taking Visa, the world’s largest electronic payment network, to court for misuse of market power.

Telstra strikes a deal on payphones

Telstra payphone.

Lucy Battersby Telstra payphones on city footpaths and country towns is secure for the next 20 years.

Virgin takeover of Skywest gets all clear


Lucy Battersby Virgin’s takeover buy regional airline Skywest gets approval from the competition regulator, giving it a chance to cash in on Western Australia’s mining boom.

Regulator slams Macquarie unit


Lucy Battersby Australia's biggest stockbroking firm forced to have investigator oversee its operations.

Macquarie Equities to tidy up compliance


Lucy Battersby Macquarie Equities agrees to a strict compliance program and will pay for an independent expert to trawl through client records and books.

Downpours likely to lift some farms' production

Waiting for the waters to rise

Lucy Battersby Despite initial fears of devastation, flood waters may help Queensland's largest agricultural industries - ranging from cotton to beef - over the long term by breaking a six-month dry spell.

Wettenhalls calls administrators

Keep on trucking.

Lucy Battersby The Wettenhalls Group of trucking and logistics companies go under voluntary administration.

Appeal may delay Lehman payouts

Lucy Battersby Liquidators of Lehman Brothers file application to appeal part of a landmark liability case.