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John Williams makes mark in Senate as battler for underdog

Determined: Senator John Williams.

ADELE FERGUSON 12:15am Just six years have passed since John Williams arrived in Canberra for his first day as a federal parliamentarian, but the backbencher known as "Wacka" has already made his mark.

Genting misses boat as Echo hits its straps

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ELIZABETH KNIGHT 12:15am Among the group of shareholders that descended on the Gold Coast Jupiters Casino to hear the good news that their company, Echo Entertainment was hitting its financial straps following years of underperformance, there was a notable absence - that of its Malaysian based and second largest shareholder Genting.

Australia's foreign bribery law needs to be tightened

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MALCOLM MAIDEN The central role that Asia has in Australia’s future was on display at Thursday’s packed Financial Review and J.P. Morgan Chanticleer lunch in Melbourne.

How to waste company time and get ahead: have a meeting

Meetings can waste a lot of time

MICHAEL WEST After many years toiling for large companies and chronicling corporate behaviour this correspondent has only one useful observation to make: there appears to be an uncanny correlation between the having of meetings and the wasting of time.

Our ageing population not necessarily bad news

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ROSS GITTINS 12:15am Politicians and economists have been banging on about the ageing of the population for ages, but how much do we actually know about the likely economic consequences? Not much - until now.

Market's bogeymen fade away with October

Doom and gloom? October is ending and Wall Street hasn't crashed.

MICHAEL PASCOE It's Halloween, but the market's ghouls and bogeymen have largely disappeared at this end of the traditional scary month. Whatever did happen to all those forecasts of disaster? 

I'm leaving you


MAX NEWNHAM What happens financially when someone leaves a business partnership?

Shine pair lead directors' trades

Sine on: Simon Morrison.

CHRISTOPHER WEBB 12:15am Two directors of Shine Corporate dominated proceedings on the directors’ trades front this week, accounting for 70 per cent of buying and selling turnover.

No easy solution to division over China infrastructure bank

Ambushed: Treasurer Joe Hockey

JOHN GARNAUT 6:12pm Opinion Whatever encouragement Joe Hockey gave to Lou Jiwei's proposal for an Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, it is clear that China's adroit diplomats made the most of it.

In healthcare, the growing gap between rich and poor is deadly serious

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HAROLD MITCHELL 12:15am The rich are getting richer and the poor and the middle class are getting almost squeezed to death – literally in some cases.

X marks the spot of how much money you need

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MARCUS PADLEY 12:15am There is a number, let's call it "X". When my after tax debt free bank account balance reaches that number I'm going to stand up from my desk, go home, open a bottle of Champagne and spend the rest of the day with Emma deciding what we're going to do with the rest of our lives.


ABC draws line on finance editor Alan Kohler and his financial services business


The ABC had to go to some unusual lengths to retain its talented finance reporter - a bloke on loan from its mates at News Corp - by the name of Alan Kohler.


Old favourites appear once more in ASX hall of shame


ASX commanders fire their warning shots at the sharemarket's corporate cling-ons.

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