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Mark Hawthorne is Senior Editor at The Age. Previously he was National Business Editor of Fairfax Metro Media.

BHP walks out on Altia venture


Mark Hawthorne BHP Billiton has walked out on a joint venture to develop the Altia copper and silver deposit in Queensland, just a day after the company’s chairman and chief executive warned they would scale back...

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Supermarket price wars end up milking quality


Mark Hawthorne Consumers might think intense competition gives them a good deal on dairy but it comes at a cost.

CEO's trail of disaster

Ben Polis

Mark Hawthorne, Lucy Battersby and Ben Butler Disgraced Melbourne businessman Ben Polis threatened an employee with investigation by federal police while his company, Energy Watch, was being engulfed by allegations of workplace abuse.

Dumped: Polis steps down as companies cut ties

Ben Polis.

Megan Levy and Mark Hawthorne Embattled businessman Ben Polis has stepped down as the chief executive of EneryWatch as the controversy surrounding his racist, sexist and offensive comments on Facebook intensifies.

Saudis sue Macquarie for Bill Express millions


Mark Hawthorne Legal firm Slater & Gordon claims Macquarie responsible for rougue trader actions.

Qantas chiefs chat: who gets the tab?

Qantas boss Alan Joyce

Mark Hawthorne and Eli Greenblat Qantas chief Alan Joyce and his predecessor Geoff Dixon have clocked up some $50m in pay between them. So which of them picks up the drinks tab?

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Downturn on the rise in a state of fear

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Ruth Williams, Tim Colebatch, Craig Butt and Mark Hawthorne Victoria's economy rode out the global financial crisis reasonably unscathed, but the inevitable bumps in the road have begun to take their toll.

Suppliers refer Coles, Woolies to ACCC

Woolworths & Coles

Mark Hawthorne, Colin Kruger SUPPLIERS to Australia's two dominant supermarket chains have complained to the consumer watchdog about ''unconscionable conduct'' by Coles and Woolworths.

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Suppliers tackle Coles and Woolworths with complaints to ACCC

Illustration: Greg Bakes.

Mark Hawthorne and Colin Kruger Suppliers approach consumer watchdog to complain about the behaviour of Coles and Woolworths.

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Now that's settled, can we get back to the economy?

Mark Hawthorne and Peter Ker Julia Gillard's victory has brought an end to a disruptive week for corporate Australia.

Fashion industry facing a run for its money

Models being made up at hair and make up trials ahead of the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. 23rd January 2012. Photo Jason South.

Mark Hawthorne and Stephen Crafti When it comes to glitz and glamour, Australia's biggest fashion festival now holds its head high on a global stage.

Turmoil taking toll on business: bosses


Eric Johnston and Mark Hawthorne Australia's business leaders have hit out at the political infighting that has gripped Canberra, saying it has sapped consumer confidence and affected the economic management of the country.

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Billabong tries to surf chief-dump wave


Mark Hawthorne Surfwear company denies embattled chief executive is soon to be dropped by board.

Rinehart takes biggest shareholding in Fairfax

Media mogul: Gina Rinehart.

Mark Hawthorne Gina Rinehart joins the ranks of Australia's media barons after becoming the biggest shareholder in Fairfax Media.

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Flying the flag for home-grown

The Age  1 November 2011.  Melbourne Cup 2011. Flemington Racecourse.  Dick smith in the burdcage enclosure.Pic by Rebecca Hallas

Mark Hawthorne Dick Smith fears for our obsession with the bottom line, writes Mark Hawthorne.

Rinehart's bid for 14% of Fairfax

Gina Rinehart

Eric Johnston, Scott Rochfort and Mark Hawthorne Mining magnate trying to become the largest shareholder in the nation's biggest independent media company.

Fairfax shares rocket on Rinehart raid

Gina Rinehart

Eric Johnston, Scott Rochfort, Mark Hawthorne Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, has become the largest shareholder in newspaper publisher Fairfax Media, sending its shares soaring.

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Australia risks auto collapse

Kennett.  former Premier Jeff Kennett at his office in Cremorne.

Mark Hawthorne and Eric Johnston Australia could be down to just one car manufacturer within the next few years, warns former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett.

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Offshoring: high price of low cost

Outsourcing service jobs.

Matt Wade and Mark Hawthorne The overseas threat to service-sector jobs is growing rapidly as more companies, including three of the big four banks, outsource local jobs, write Matt Wade and Mark Hawthorne.

ANZ staff warn of increase in fraud


Maris Beck and Mark Hawthorne ANZ staff are warning of a surge in fraud after the bank cut a sixth of the staff from the unit that polices customer accounts.