Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe is a BusinessDay contributing editor. He comments on companies, markets and the economy.

In housing we trust

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Michael Pascoe Outside housing, there’s not much happening in the construction industry- forget the mindless chanting of the next Prime Minister about wanting to build, build, build... Michael Pascoe reports.

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Bad Liberal policy will damage charities


Michael Pascoe Kevin Andrews’ last big contribution to Australian public life was when he was Immigration Minister and totally botched the Dr Mohamed Haneef case, defaming and wrongly imprisoning the innocent...

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A surplus isn't in Abbott's DNA

Michael Pascoe The good news is that, after three years of faking concern and outrage, Joe Hockey is dropping the act of being fiscally hairy-chested, discovering that this is not quite the time to be rushing after...

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Hockeynomics backsliding

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Michael Pascoe The next treasurer came a little clean this week, but only a little.

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Making free with your money

Band-Aid on forehead

Michael Pascoe Another attempt at vote buying offers a good opportunity to focus on the existing flawed compensation culture.

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Corporates whinge but profits rise


Michael Pascoe A reporting season that has so few corporates needing to trim dividend payouts is hardly a sign of miserable times.

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Managers managing

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Michael Pascoe With some 70 per cent of the local corporates having reporting their June half or annual results, the good news is that it isn’t as bad as many have been making out, Michael Pascoe reports.

Big four bank’s CEOs salaries

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Michael Pascoe It’s been a week of both promising news and some disappointments, with good examples of both in the in the executive pay arena. Michael Pascoe reports.


Pork barrelling for Broncos a grubby political game

Brisbane Broncos Leagues club in Red Hill. 
Picture by Paul Harris.
Wednesday 28 April 2010.

Michael Pascoe There is a frenzy of sports-related pork barrelling under way, an all-in maul upon a ruck, with much of it under the radar.

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Martin St mandarins hope for housing lift


Michael Pascoe Interest rate doves are reading what they want into this month's Reserve Bank board minutes.

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Hockey the winner on points but …

Michael Pascoe When the government's own record on getting numbers to add up is a sorry one, the scare campaign lacks fright.

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Treasurers' debate: either intellectually dishonest or no intellect

Chris Bowen and Joe Hockey

Michael Pascoe The Bowen v Hockey Q&A debate proved to be a step up from the Rudd v Abbott dullathon, in much the same way that a Big Mac is a step up from plain cardboard – there's a bit more flavour of an...

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The month’s minutes

Michael Pascoe This week you can expect two sets of important central bank minutes and more local corporate results than you can point a bus load of auditors at. The week ahead with Michael Pascoe.

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Big vote of confidence by Labor supporters

Kevin Rudd.

Michael Pascoe The Rudd 2.0 effect has kicked in for consumer confidence, but only among Labor supporters. What happens to confidence if he doesn’t win?

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Treasury's guess as good as any


Michael Pascoe So what's really troubling Joe Hockey's belief system and delaying release of policy costings?

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Seeing through the PEFO(g)

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Michael Pascoe So what's really troubling Joe Hockey's belief system and delaying the release of election policy costings – Treasury's estimates or internal Coalition differences?

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Confidence boost on the way?

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Michael Pascoe Business and consumer confidence surveys and pensioners finding out what their next pay rise will be. The week ahead with Michael Pascoe.

The Business Week that was

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Michael Pascoe The end of a week that had a bit of something for everyone from the Reserve Bank board, the ABS and the early corporate results.

RBA backing a post-election lift

Reserve Bank

Michael Pascoe The Reserve Bank would certainly never say it, but between the lines of today's quarterly monetary statement, the mandarins are betting on a sustained post-election economic lift.

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Door open - just - for construction and more debt

NBN fibre optic cable rollout in South Morang.

Michael Pascoe It's a no-brainer: use the Commonwealth's strong balance sheet to fund the construction of our urgently needed infrastructure.

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