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ASIC asset sale mooted: report

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman The federal government is said to be considering selling the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's register of companies as part of a plan to find significant savings in the economy and...

Tech

NBN Co takes on TPG Telecom

David Ramli NBN Co's new chief executive, Bill Morrow, has launched an aggressive broadband construction strategy to challenge what is shaping up to be its biggest rival, TPG Telecom.

Tax

Earn $80,000? 40 per cent tax rates are looming, says PwC

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Nassim Khadem People earning up to $80,000 will soon face tax rates of up to 40 per cent unless the government addresses bracket creep, accounting firm PwC says, highlighting the urgent need for tax reform.

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Telco

NBN Co may have to pay Telstra $98b

Telstra

David Ramli Telstra could be paid over $98 billion by NBN Co over the next 55 years for infrastructure leases and other fees, according to a report in industry publication CommsDay.

Scandal

Australian shares are being manipulated, say researchers

Men monitor stock prices on an electronic stock board at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday, April 2, 2009. Australia shares and Japan's  stock futures rose as better-than-expected indicators in the U.S. stoked speculation the world's biggest economy is recovering. Photographer: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg News

Patrick Durkin Market manipulation appears to be rife on the Australian sharemarket when compared to other major markets around the world, according to the country's leading market researchers.

Automotive

Car repairers fear jobs crash

cars

Ben Butler Thousands of jobs could be at risk from an aggressive push into automotive spare parts mounted by insurer Suncorp and a controversial US company, the crash repair industry warns.

Asian food-bowl plan lacks key ingredients

Farmer holding rice stork

Jared Lynch Talk of Australia leading a dining boom in Asia is misguided, write Jared Lynch and Mark Hawthorne.

Housing

Boom puts spotlight on negative gearing

Housing

Nassim Khadem Treasury had done work on ­limiting negative gearing to new homes as part of pre­parations for the May budget, according to media reports citing ­departmental sources last week.

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Economy

Personal lending climbs but business finance goes backwards in February

Personal finance loans were up three per cent in February, seasonally adjusted.

Eco

Unemployment in shock fall to 5.8%

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Glenda Kwek The unemployment rate has fallen to a surprise 5.8 per cent from a decade-high last month, with 18,100 jobs added to the economy in a further sign that the sluggish labour market could be turning the...

Iron ore

China steel slowdown raises concerns for BHP and Rio

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman Global steel demand is forecast to decline this year as the Chinese economy slows, raising concerns about the impact on Australia.

Economy

Australia pushes global growth goal

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Matt Wade Australia will be pushing leaders from world's biggest economies to advance a commitment to boost global growth at G20 meeting on Thursday.

Michael Pascoe

Consumer confidence: We're pessimistic but spending up

Michael Pascoe For a nation where consumer pessimists apparently outnumber optimists, we're spending remarkably strongly and looking to borrow more.

Economy

Investors drive lift in home loans in February

housing

The housing construction sector continues to strengthen, following a surge in investment housing.

Economy

Consumer confidence shows slight increase

Eftpos

Low interest rates and good news about jobs and the housing market have failed to stoke consumer confidence.

Free trading cards laid on the table, but beware the ace up the sleeve

Peter Martin dinkus

Peter Martin What's next after the Japan free trade agreement and the Korean free trade agreement?

Michael Pascoe

Trade deal: Japan wins, and why that's good for Australia

Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe Make no mistake, Japan is the big winner from the slight reduction in agricultural trade barriers - and that's a perfectly good and very desirable thing.

Environment

Policy cloud puts up to $110m in solar energy projects on hold

Dick Warburton

Jared Lynch Solar projects totaling tens of millions of dollars are at risk after the Abbott government launched a review into its renewable energy targets.

Agriculture

Rice growers slam Japan FTA

Rice

Tim Binsted Ricegrowers' Association of Australia President Les Gordon has slammed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's landmark free trade agreement with Japan as a deal that punishes and ignores ricegrowers.

Eco

Business confidence falls to pre-election levels

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Glenda Kwek Business confidence has weakened to its lowest levels since the federal election as sluggish activity weighed on positive sentiment, a monthly private survey has found.