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Geoffrey Edelsten facing financial investigation

Dr. Geoffrey Edelsten

Ben Butler and Chris Vedelago Geoffrey Edelsten is facing an investigation into his financial affairs in Australia amid allegations the disgraced businessman has been siphoning money from a secretive trust account despite...

Betezy back before NT Racing Commission

Ben Butler Troubled bookmaker Betezy is headed back to the Northern Territory Racing Commission for the fifth time in four years in a dispute over $169,000 worth of allegedly winning bets.

CBA financial planning scandal: Senator David Bushby was missing at crucial hearing


Ben Butler, Adele Ferguson The Liberal senator, whose dissenting report the federal government is relying on to hose down calls for a royal commission on Commonwealth Bank, did not turn up to a crucial hearing at which victims...

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CBA fallout widens as government mulls compo

MELBOURNE,AUSTRALIA-JUNE 26,2012; Generic photo of the Commonwealth bank logo on a building in Melbourne  on Monday June 26, 2012. AFR / THE MULTIMEDIA AGENCY

Adele Ferguson, Ben Butler The Abbott government has put intense pressure on Commonwealth Bank chief executive Ian Narev to make a more ''considered'' public response to the bank's financial planning scandal, possibly...

Royal commission pressure on CBA

Commonwealth Bank logo being peeled. Illustration by Simon Bosch

Adele Ferguson and Ben Butler A powerful Senate inquiry has called for the Commonwealth Bank to face a royal commission to investigate fraud, forgery and allegations of a cover-up inside its financial planning arm.

Geoffrey Edelsten: $63m blown in two years

Paying respects: Geoffrey Edelsten and Gabi Grecko at the funeral of AFL great Tom Hafey at the MCG.

Ben Butler and Chris Vedelago Disgraced businessman has admitted squandering his fortune on high living and a series of 'stupid' investments.

Bankrupt Geoffrey Edelsten accused of concealing his assets

Dr Geoffrey Edelsten and partner.

Ben Butler, Chris Vedelago Disgraced businessman Geoffrey Edelsten has admitted to spending $63 million in less than two years, squandering his fortune on high living and ''stupid'' investments.

Barrister calls for full inquiry into ATO's 'Keystone cops'


Ben Butler A decision to drop tax and money laundering charges against three high-profile Sydney businessmen is ''another humiliating defeat for the Project Wickenby Keystone Cops'', according to a lawyer close...

Google gets its tax bill slashed despite earning millions in local profits

The Google

Georgia Wilkins, Ben Butler Google has cut its taxes in Australia to $466,802 despite almost doubling its local profit to $46.5 million.

James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch close to One.Tel settlement

Ben Butler Adele Ferguson James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch could settle a long-running dispute over their conduct as directors of dotcom bomb One.Tel as early as next week.

Australian fashion label Ksubi to be sold for third time

A model walks down a catwalk crawling with rats.

Ben Butler Troubled label Ksubi is to be sold for the third time in as many years as Australia's fashion industry looks to rebuild after 18 months of financial turmoil.

$3.5m spent on Manus Island detention centre's kitchen defended


Ben Butler The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has defended paying $3.5 million to Toll Holdings for a tent kitchen at its Manus Island detention centre.

Manus Island kitchen well worth $3.5m, Immigration says

Ben Butler The Department of Immigration has defended paying $3.5 million for a tent kitchen.

Manus operator G4S paid no 2012 tax but got a refund

A G4S security guard observes the Fairfax media boat at the detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. 27th July 2013. Photo by Jason South

Ben Butler and Georgia Wilkins The sacked operator of the controversial immigration detention centre at Manus Island, G4S, paid no Australian tax in 2012, Fairfax Media has learnt.

Manus Island guards on job despite suspect behaviour

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe, Ben Butler The new operators of Manus Island detention centre will continue to use local security staff even though they are implicated in last week's deadly clashes with asylum-seekers.

Geoffrey Edelsten set up stabbing of ex-partner, court told

Geoffrey Edelsten

Ben Butler, Chris Vedelago Geoffrey Edelsten has been accused in a US court of orchestrating the stabbing and bashing of a former US business partner with whom he has been feuding.

US blocks sale of Edelsten penthouse

Story by: Adrea Petrie
Photo: Ken Irwin KEN 10th October 2012 The Age. News  
Dr. Geoffrey Edelston leaves the Melbourne Supreme Court

Chris Vedelago & Ben Butler Geoffrey Edelsten's bid to sell off his luxury Gold Coast penthouse just days after declaring bankruptcy has been blocked at the last minute by a US court.

Geoffrey Edelsten could face jail term over multimillion-dollar dispute

Geoffrey Edelsten.

Ben Butler and Chris Vedelago Disgraced former doctor Geoffrey Edelsten risks being charged with an offence that carries a maximum 30-year jail term if he does not settle a multimillion-dollar dispute with his former US business...

Retail: Boxing Day shopping splurge estimated at $1.9 billion


Ben Butler, Amy McNeilage To shopping fanatics, it's the equivalent of a grand final. But rather than soaking up the atmosphere at the main game, they are increasingly staying on their lounges to bag Boxing Day bargains.

Investors count the cost as Bill Vlahos' racing bets club collapses


Patrick Bartley and Ben Butler They were million-dollar bets that bookies say were impossible to make. In the depths of winter, punters avoid Melbourne's soggy racetracks in favour of warmer circuits such as Sydney.