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Mark Hawthorne

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

Rag trader stretched at the seams

Ben Butler, Mark Hawthorne The vultures are circling Pacific Brands as rising costs and falling sales bite.

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Pencil-drawn map adds a touch of Indiana Jones


Mark Hawthorne Astra Mining has exciting prospects around the globe, and a cast of characters who've all been there before.

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Australia Post muscles in on NAB's footy feel-good factor


Mark Hawthorne Postmaster-general Ahmed Fahour knows the value of AFL affiliation for corporates - and the value of family.

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Eye for detail helps to build the Packer gaming empire


Mark Hawthorne When you have ''whales'' as guests, it pays to consider even their tastes in late-night TV, writes Mark Hawthorne.

Operation Wickenby puts spuds in cold storage


Ben Butler, Mark Hawthorne Operation Wickenby has frozen more than $40 million in assets belonging to potato king Paul Rennie.

Wickenby freezes potato king's $40m


Ben Butler, Mark Hawthorne OPERATION WICKENBY has frozen more than $40 million in assets belonging to potato king Paul Rennie.

Banks nervous about new pokie rules


Vanda Carson Mark Hawthorne WESTPAC is reviewing its lending to poker machine venues amid predictions the sector could face a slump after the introduction of mandatory limits on gaming.

Qantas sends secret strike breakers to train in LA


Matt O'Sullivan, Mark Hawthorne QANTAS has been secretly sending managers to the US for training in ground-handling and check-in operations as the company steps up its preparations for looming strikes.

Qantas to cut ageing Boeing fleet

Matt O'sullivan, Mark Hawthorne QANTAS is putting up for sale 21 ageing Boeing 737-400 aircraft, known as the workhorse of the skies, as it cuts flights due to the uncertain demand for travel.

Fleet for sale as Qantas cuts flights

Matt O'Sullivan Mark Hawthorne Qantas is putting up for sale its 21-strong fleet of ageing Boeing 737-400 aircraft - known as the workhorse of the skies - as it cuts flights because of the uncertain outlook for travel demand.

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A case for renegades who pursue the public good

Mark Hawthorne Arnold Bloch Leibler's dedication in its battle with British American Tobacco is worthy of consideration.

McCabe family reaches settlement with tobacco giant over landmark case


Mark Hawthorne After a decade before Australia's courts, the landmark battle between the family of lung cancer victim Rolah McCabe and British American Tobacco has come to an end.

Chooks are next up in price-war fowl play


Mark Hawthorne FRESH chicken will be the next front in the battle between Australia's two biggest supermarket chains.

Price wars help 'struggling' families: Coles

Mark Hawthorne THE supermarket giant Coles has defended its price war with rival Woolworths, saying its customers have saved more than $800 million on their grocery bills in the past 12 months.

Now for a war over chickens, flags Coles

Wesfarmers, Coles

Mark Hawthorne Coles chief Ian McLeod signals next battle between Australia's two biggest supermarkets will be over fresh chicken.

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Grand prix chairman Ron Walker flushed with excess

Mark Hawthorne The former lord mayor and former Liberal Party national treasurer is also champion of the clean portaloo.

Owners set to pull plug on Colorado

Colorado shoe

Mark Hawthorne Ben Butler SOLOMON LEW is expected to swoop on two of Australia's oldest fashion brands, JAG and Diana Ferrari, as banks are poised to pull the pin on the struggling Colorado Group.

Lew to swoop on ailing Colorado

Mark Hawthorne and Ben Butler Solomon Lew is expected to swoop, with banks poised to pull the pin on struggling Colorado Group.

Watching the wheels fall off


Ben Butler and Mark Hawthorne When the formula one circus rolls into Melbourne this week, expect a sea of red. For the first time in many seasons, Ferrari is looming as the main title threat, and the loyal ''Tifosi'' who worship...

Growth despite turmoil: banks


Mark Hawthorne THE world's big investment banks expect growth to continue despite potential nuclear, military and financial crises.