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Mark Hawthorne

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

Penfolds in line for windfall if wine volumetric tax goes ahead

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Mark Hawthorne It's interesting to watch the nation's drinks companies in a tizzy, all backing that horse called self-interest ever since the Federal Government announced a White Paper into taxation.

Milk company sues the ABC over The Checkout

The ABC is facing legal action from the makers of A2 milk

Mark Hawthorne The Checkout is the self-proclaimed champion of Australian consumers, but now the ABC has been accused of breaching consumer laws as a direct result of the program.

The Hawk: Ex-Fiat Chrysler boss's wife's hairdresser given free car

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Mark Hawthorne "I bought a Jeep." It is one of the more successful advertising taglines of recent years, and has been a huge success for the maker of American off-roaders. 

Fiat Chrysler boss Clyde Campbell crashes to ground

Fiat Chrysler Australia is suing former boss Clyde Campbell over an alleged string of schemes totalling tens of millions of dollars.

Mark Hawthorne How one of the world's biggest car makers ran off the road in Australia.

'Mister Mercedes' in Fiat Chrysler case

Ernst Lieb, left, pictured with Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche back in 2009.

Mark Hawthorne In his 36 years at Daimler Chrysler, Ernst Lieb earned the nickname "Mister Mercedes", as the German-born executive lived the glamorous lifestyle that his employer tried to exude.

Come fly with me - how the boss's travel expenditure cost Fiat Chrysler millions


Mark Hawthorne Claims by car company staff who had not been expected to incur significant travel expenses soared, according court documents.

Crown Resorts executive caught in Fiat Chrysler scandal over My Alfa Romeo deal


Mark Hawthorne A senior executive of Crown Resorts and the former chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA have both been caught up in the scandal engulfing Fiat Chrysler Australia.

From designer handbags to a racing team, Fiat Chrysler bosses bought a heap

Industry insiders, ever sceptical about the prospects for car sector megamergers, say Mr Marchionne may have ulterior motives.

Mark Hawthorne The lavish spending of former Fiat Chrysler Australia bosses Clyde Campbell and Veronica Johns included buying designer handbags costing thousands of dollars for members of staff.

High-end retailer Myer axes about 80 head office jobs

Former Myer chief Bernie Brookes (left) with current CEO Richard Umbers.

Jared Lynch and Mark Hawthorne Embattled Myer has slashed about 80 jobs from its Melbourne head office as the department store chain restructures its business under new boss Richard Umbers.

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Fiat Chrysler bid to seize assets of former managing director Clyde Campbell

Former Fiat Chrysler managing director Clyde Campbell (left) at the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2013.

Mark Hawthorne, Stephen Ottley Clyde Campbell has been accused of misappropriating and misusing more than $30 million in company money.

Fiat Chrysler claims CEO used company money for home renovations

Former Fiat Chrysler chief executive Veronica Johns unexpectedly quit her job late last year, citing

Mark Hawthorne Fiat Chrysler claims its former Australian chief executive Veronica Johns used company money to help fund renovations to her family home. 

Former Fiat Chrysler Australia boss Clyde Campbell's big-spending celeb fest

Former Fiat Chrysler managing director Clyde Campbell (left) at the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2013.

Mark Hawthorne, Chris Vedelago The former Australian boss of automotive giant Fiat Chrysler, Clyde Campbell, has been accused of misappropriating and misusing more than $30 million in company money to fund an extravagant lifestyle...

Big spending Jeep boss a king of Melbourne's party set


Mark Hawthorne There is little doubt Clyde Campbell and wife Simone loved the high life. 

Chinks emerge in Labor solidarity over Metro Rail

Mark Hawthorne Debate stirs over commissioning an EES for the Metro project.

Little reward for investors in this case of history repeating

Mark Hawthorne What goes around, comes around. Sometimes it even comes around again.

Western Mining: Dollars light up Panji Suharto's view of the world

Big: It seems Western Mining, which owns graphite deposits in Indonesia, has received good news.

Mark Hawthorne Times are tough for captains of industry but one happy little group was spotted living the high life.

Satellite company NewSat plunges into administration

PPB Advisory was appointed administrator of NewSat on Friday after the company breached several banking covenants with its key funders, the US Export-Import Bank and Europe's COFACE.

Mark Hawthorne and Richard Baker NewSat's dream was to put an Australian satellite into space. The company has instead fallen back to earth, and has been placed into administration with hundreds of millions of dollars of debt.

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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A clean sheet at Myer, but history repeats

Outgoing Myer CEO Bernie Brookes.

Mark Hawthorne Stony-faced Brookes may have been, but he was also magnanimous in his departure.


Geoffrey Edelsten settles his bankruptcy, creditors get a few cents in the dollar

Geoffrey Edelsten

Mark Hawthorne and Chris Vedelago Disgraced former doctor Geoffrey Edelsten has settled his bankruptcy case, with creditors agreeing to take a few cents in the dollar to wipe out more than $30 million of accrued debt.