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Mark Hawthorne

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

Lion joins Parmalat in milk war against New Zealand rival A2 Milk


Mark Hawthorne Lion - the owner of the Pura and Dairy Farmers brands in Australia - joins another milk giant in Parmalat and declares war on fast-growing New Zealand rival A2 Milk.

Hoping to kill off its competitor, Parmalat goes after A2 Milk

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Mark Hawthorne The second day of the Sydney Test in January was a memorable one in many respects. On field, England was terrorised by Australia's pace attack, which skittled half of the tourists' batting line-up...

Rival seeks to water down A2 Milk claims

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Mark Hawthorne Global milk giant Parmalat has engaged Crosby Textor - the controversial spin doctors behind Tony Abbott's successful 2013 election campaign - to try to discredit the science that underpins New...

Milk wars: Parmalat 'campaigned' to discredit rival a2

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Mark Hawthorne Global milk giant Parmalat has engaged Crosby Textor - the controversial spin doctors behind Tony Abbott's successful 2013 election campaign - to try to crush a small New Zealand rival that has made...

Hives less busy as honey prices rise


Jared Lynch Mark Hawthorne Australia's biggest honey producers have halted overseas exports and failed to fill some of their supermarket orders as extreme weather wreaks havoc on bee numbers.

Australia's first banknote to head offshore

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Mark Hawthorne It's the first banknote struck by the nation of Australia, and an important landmark in the country's history, but a 10-shilling note dating from 1913 looks set to fall into foreign hands because no...

Car-safety tester ANCAP braces for budget write-off


Mark Hawthorne and James Massola Crash testing of cars in Australia could end by 2017, with the federal government set to axe funding for ANCAP, the body that rates passenger vehicles from one to five stars for safety.

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Car industry's $100m rescue fund stalls

Mark Hawthorne, James Massola A $100 million salvage package for redundant car industry workers is underfunded and in disarray, more than a month after Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised to announce the details of an assistance...

Nut allergy concern as Nestle, charity push new muesli bars


Mark Hawthorne Nestle and an anti-allergy charity have been accused of encouraging a new range of ''lunchbox friendly'' muesli bars to be allowed in playgrounds, even though they could be dangerous for people with...

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Doctors perplexed by muesli bar push from Nestle, charity

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Mark Hawthorne Nestle and the charity Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia are under fire for encouraging schools to allow a new range of Uncle Tobys 'lunchbox friendly' muesli bars into playgrounds, even though they...

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D-Day for Holden


Mark Kenny, Mark Hawthorne Thousands of Holden workers are expecting to find out their fate on Tuesday morning, many weeks after their US head office in Detroit decided to cut them adrift.

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Closure of Holden and Toyota factories would leave $1b in unfunded worker entitlements


Mark Hawthorne The closure of Holden and Toyota's production in Australia would leave the federal government with about $1 billion in unfunded leave and redundancy entitlements for parts industry workers.

Gloves are off in headguard bout

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Mark Hawthorne Elite amateur boxers may be forced to fight without injury insurance after organisers banned the use of protective headguards.

Headgear ban sparks boxing chaos


Mark Hawthorne Boxing Australia has stopped bouts after the sport's local organisers banned protective headguards for top-level boxers. But amateur boxers may still be forced to fight, without injury insurance.

White-collar jobs now under threat

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Lena Bell and Mark Hawthorne Manufacturing jobs are not the only ones collapsing in Victoria as experts warn of looming cuts at white-collar offices such as law and accountancy firms.

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Union fails to meet expectations

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 29:  (EXCLUSIVE - MINIMUM RATES APPLY. PER IMAGE:- NEWSPAPERS AUD500 INSIDE, AUD1000 COVER, MAGAZINES AUD2500 INSIDE UPTO 1/2 PAGE, AUD5000 OVER 1/2 PAGE, AUD2500 COVER, WEBSITES AUD100 PER PIC, BROADCAST AUD500, OR LOCAL CURRENCY EQUIVALENT) Bride Brynne Gordon and groom Geoffrey Edelsten pose for a photograph during the performance by Urban Cirque at the wedding of Geoffrey Edelsten and Brynne Gordon at Crown Palladium on November 29, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Great Expectations Foundation Ltd/Getty Images)

Chris Vedelago, Mark Hawthorne It was the wedding of the year and the star-studded guest list proved it.

Charities left at the altar after Edelsten wedding

Chris Vedelago Mark Hawthorne It was billed as the ultimate wedding with a conscience.

Industry push to allow gluten in 'gluten-free' foods

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Julia Medew and Mark Hawthorne Food manufacturers want to increase the amount of gluten allowed in ''gluten-free'' foods.

Grange sparks bidding war

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Costco selling 2008 Penfolds Grange.

Eli Greenblat, Mark Hawthorne With the kind of buzz, excitement and anticipation usually reserved for the arrival of a pop star or a royal birth, the launch in the early hours of Thursday morning of the 2008 Grange grabbed the...

Watchdog says it can't investigate claim on Costello

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Mark Hawthorne Queensland's anti-corruption watchdog claims it does not have the powers to investigate a complaint made against former treasurer Peter Costello.