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  • International News | Business Spectator
    Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu International News Israel s Sharon dead at 85 Former Israel PM dies after eight years in coma leaves complex legacy 11 22pm January 12 1 comment EU approves Snowden hearing EU Parliament committee gives all clear to hear Snowden speak 3 17am January 10 Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain by Stephen Fay 6 38am January 09 8 comments Lessons in liberalism from New York s left turn New York s new mayor Bill de Blasio promises to tackle the city s growing inequality by taxing the ultra rich Australian politicians should take note of the huge support for his liberal agenda by Michael Gawenda 8 12am January 08 34 comments Merkel injured skiing German Chancellor breaks pelvis cancels meetings for next few weeks 11 33pm January 06 The latent danger in Abe s amnesia With regional tensions escalating Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe s decision to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine could not have come at a worse time by Peter Cai 11 23am December 30 9 comments China irresponsible in sea stand off US US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls for clear protocols to avoid a maritime clash 8 23am December 20 2 comments Clinton decision next year Hillary Clinton nearing decision on whether to run for president in 2016 5 45am December 20 UK boosts control over Huawei cyber centre Politicians have raised fears that the company could pose a threat to national security 8 53am December 18 Britain approves banking reforms New regulations will include ring fencing of retail investment divisions 11 53pm December 17 1 comment Germany s coalition deal signed Chancellor Angela Merkel retains power with grand coalition deal 1 03am December 17 A new era for China ASEAN trade Trade between China and the ten member countries of ASEAN is set to boom and the use of renminbi as an alternative trading currency will benefit businesses on both sides by Bruce Alter 12 56pm December 16 Merkel coalition gets key vote Final obstacle removed for Chancellor Angela Merkel s third term 11 04am December 15 Bishop s Chinese media mauling The foreign minister has taken a hammering in the Chinese media this week If she wants her message to cut through she ll need to adopt a more sophisticated approach by Fergus Ryan 11 26am December 14 16 comments Berlusconi warns of revolution Former Italian PM claims uprising if he is forced to

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  • Asia | Business Spectator
    Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Asia The latent danger in Abe s amnesia With regional tensions escalating Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe s decision to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine could not have come at a worse time by Peter Cai 11 23am December 30 9 comments Govt looks to soothe China tension Julie Bishop met criticism in Beijing for comments on China Japan dispute 1 50am December 09 5 comments Counting on a Chinese olive branch While there are concerns that tensions between Australia and China could impact the free trade agreement process escalating regional disputes may compel Beijing to ratify the agreement sooner by John Lee 8 27am December 04 3 comments Aust criticises Chinese defence Defence zone in East China Sea could raise tensions Bishop 12 11am November 27 Iran agrees to nuclear deal Some economic sanctions to be eased as parts of nuclear program halted 7 04am November 25 Hopes grow for China trade pact Free trade agreement with China could be reached within months Bishop 7 25am November 23 11 comments China leaders vow deep reforms Communist Party concludes summit aimed at setting tone for new government 12 56am November 13 Japan can counter China Abe Japanese PM says Tokyo will be Asian hub for nations fearful of China 6 10am October 26 Gillard chastises Obama on Asia US sent really bad message to Asia when it cancelled trip Gillard 5 36am October 25 8 comments China s wall of money An unprecedented liberalisation of financial markets in China is expected at the next CCP meeting This financial free for all would have huge consequences around the world by Alan Kohler 8 19am October 21 18 comments The local growth hoax ruining China s bigger picture Career incentives have led to an explosion in local Chinese government infrastructure spending But resulting structural imbalances are crowding out private sector growth and fuelling corruption by Yao Yang 3 27pm October 18 4 comments US debt crisis prompts China rethink Analysts suggest China may diversify away from US amid impasse 12 08am October 17 Keep it simple Sinophiles China didn t appreciate being taken for a ride by Kevin Rudd even unintentionally Tony Abbott s low key more economically focused strategy will be a better fit if he can sustain it by John Lee 1 47pm October 16 13 comments Japan to remain Asia focus Bishop Amid efforts to improve China ties Bishop says Japan to remain best friend 2 16am October 16 Abbott s in danger of a Chinese checkmate Tony Abbott s plan to seal a Chinese trade deal inside a year is a bad one It puts Australia in a

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  • Europe | Business Spectator
    progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Europe EU approves Snowden hearing EU Parliament committee gives all clear to hear Snowden speak 3 17am January 10 Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain by Stephen Fay 6 38am January 09 8 comments Merkel injured skiing German Chancellor breaks pelvis cancels meetings for next few weeks 11 33pm January 06 Britain approves banking reforms New regulations will include ring fencing of retail investment divisions 11 53pm December 17 1 comment Germany s coalition deal signed Chancellor Angela Merkel retains power with grand coalition deal 1 03am December 17 Merkel coalition gets key vote Final obstacle removed for Chancellor Angela Merkel s third term 11 04am December 15 Berlusconi warns of revolution Former Italian PM claims uprising if he is forced to serve time 11 30pm December 12 Ukraine no confidence motion rejected Country s parliament dismisses opposition move in wake of mass protests 11 36pm December 03 Euro chief touts more Greek aid European Parliament president says he is in favour of more Greek aid 2 52am November 27 1 comment Eurozone ministers pressured European finance ministers pushed to stimulate growth employment 6 03am November 23 IMF downplays Greek risk IMF sees no near term acute financing pressures on Greece 4 33am November 22 EU leaders agree to smaller budget New budget will focus on growth jobs and innovation European Union says 2 10am November 13 Bank bailouts still possible EU official New approach to send problem banks to investors first taxpayers last 1 18am November 13 EU seeks to end budget row EU ministers struggle to find agreement on 2014 budget as deadline looms 7 01am November 12 EU IMF told to go easy on Greece Greek president says his citizens can give no more in austerity push 3 14am October 29 Europe furious over US spying claims European leaders unit in escalating row over claims US spied on allies 3 37am October 25 EU warns on US default risk US default would have dramatic consequences for global economy Olli Rehn says

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  • USA | Business Spectator
    and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu USA Lessons in liberalism from New York s left turn New York s new mayor Bill de Blasio promises to tackle the city s growing inequality by taxing the ultra rich Australian politicians should take note of the huge support for his liberal agenda by Michael Gawenda 8 12am January 08 34 comments The latent danger in Abe s amnesia With regional tensions escalating Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe s decision to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine could not have come at a worse time by Peter Cai 11 23am December 30 9 comments Clinton decision next year Hillary Clinton nearing decision on whether to run for president in 2016 5 45am December 20 Wall Street closes sharply lower Dow loses 0 8 S P Nasdaq both retreat more than 1 after US budget deal 8 20am December 12 Volcker rule set for green light Regulators approve tighter US banking regulations from July 2015 4 45am December 11 Obama s wedge between Israel and Iran Barack Obama is hoping Americans strong desire to avoid further wars in the Middle East will help seal a nuclear deal with Iran But staring down Congress Israel lobby will be a tough battle by Gideon Rachman FT 3 07pm November 26 2 comments Iran agrees to nuclear deal Some economic sanctions to be eased as parts of nuclear program halted 7 04am November 25 Yellen closer to taking over Fed US Senate Banking Committee approves Janet Yellen Fed nomination 3 07am November 22 De Blasio dreams of a different New York Bloomberg put the boom back in New York s economy and made it a safer place But the city s new mayor elect has pledged a very different set of promises to address rising inequality in the Big Apple by Mathew Murphy 7 26am November 15 Obama offers health plan fix US president concedes rollout has been flawed offers apology 5 41am November 15 A dose of reality on Obamacare Americans spend more on healthcare than we do see doctors less and won t live as long Despite the estimated advantages of the Affordable Care Act they are also loathe to take their Obamacare medicine by Mathew Murphy 7 29am November 08 6 comments US govt to take loss on GM bailout report Treasury reportedly expects to take US7 9 billion loss on bailout 5 57am October 30 Gillard chastises Obama on Asia US sent really bad message to Asia when it cancelled trip Gillard 5 36am October 25 8 comments Europe furious over US spying claims European leaders unit in escalating row over claims US spied on allies 3 37am October

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  • National Affairs | Business Spectator
    Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu National Affairs Palmer wants to repeal Newman laws Federal MP Clive Palmer says his party will stand at next Qld election 12 54am January 13 2 comments Vic energy minister to step down Nicholas Kotsiras decision allows potential leader Matthew Guy to move to lower house 11 16pm January 12 1 comment Trade pact is close Robb Trade minister says 12 nation deal almost ready to be sealed 11 09pm January 12 4 comments Robb casts doubt on handouts Trade minister suggests company requests for funds may be met with deaf ear report 7 15am January 10 12 comments Cabinet wary on SPC funding Senior MPs concerned about precedent of aid for food processor report 1 52am January 10 1 comment Senate inquiry into audit to hold hearing Commission due to deliver interim report before end of month 4 03pm January 09 Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for by Rob Burgess 8 29am January 09 108 comments MP stirs pot on SPC aid Sharman Stone hopes economic interest considered not just dogma 8 08am January 09 1 comment GM asked to give up Holden SA premier to ask if car giant could offload Aust brand to rival 11 42pm January 08 Abbott s deadly dilemma on electoral reform Tony Abbott finds himself in a tug of war between keeping the minor party dominated Senate pushing through his policies and implementing genuine electoral reforms to prevent the gaming of preferences by Rob Burgess 8 19am January 08 75 comments Lessons in liberalism from New York s left turn New York s new mayor Bill de Blasio promises to tackle the city s growing inequality by taxing the ultra rich Australian politicians should take note of the huge support for his liberal agenda by Michael Gawenda 8 12am January 08 34 comments Political twist to stir dairy battle State and federal govts called to comment on Warrnambool takeover by Blair Speedy The Australian 6 23am January 08 1 comment Govts stare down 64bn windfall Infrastructure Australia analysis shows earnings potential of asset sales report 6 13am January 08 36 comments Australia Post sale has big backers David Mortimer Graeme Samuel show support for govt sell off report 4 52am January 08 4 comments A hideous beast awaits Abbott s return Tony Abbott could find his weak grasp on the upper house slip through his fingers if the steep post election drop in Coalition support out West is carried into a Senate re run by Rob Burgess 8 22am

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  • 'Gagging visas' are an attack on democracy | Business Spectator
    go unremarked that Australia s harsh treatment of unauthorised boat arrivals is descending into an appalling state of secrecy the latest absurdity being the Nauru government s decision to hike visa fees for visiting journalists from 200 to 8000 The gagging visa was first uncovered by Global Mail photographer Mike Bowers whose publication quotes Nauru s Government Information Office Director Joanna Olsson as saying the move was for revenue purposes What else would it be for Well for increasing the deterrents to the Australian media documenting a shameful period of our history perhaps Whatever one thinks of the split between legitimate refugees and economic migrants in the boats that continue to make it to Australian territory there is no peace time precedent for an Australian government farming out this kind of decision making to an island nation of just over 9000 people and when questioned about policy replying This is a matter for the Government of Nauru The inmates on Nauru are Australia s prisoners The Nauru government is massively propped by up by Australian dollars These matters should be freely covered by Australian journalists In the interests of context readers may like to look for themselves at the island of Nauru through the satellite imagery available through Google Maps A few seconds are enough to remember that the sovereign nation is in fact a tiny convenient vassal state that has been central to a cynical manipulation of Australian voters by at least five governments both Coalition and Labor One might as well send detainees to a camp outside Broken Hill in western New South Wales which incidentally has twice the population of Nauru and then blame any problems on the local City Council Or better still move them to the sovereign principality of Hutt River and blame everything on the ruling monarch Prince Leonard No Our prisoners are our affair It is bad enough the boats debate has been so blown out of proportion in Australia by both the Coalition and Labor in their race to the bottom on this issue Allowing an erosion of democracy by putting roadblocks in front of the fourth estate that exists to preserve that very democracy compounds the error While there is no evidence that Immigration Minister Scott Morrison was complicit in Nauru s decision it is certain that his department through its funding arrangements for Nauru s detention industry could exert enough pressure to overturn the gagging visas If their creation truly was for revenue reasons that extra revenue could easily be found But what will he do Likely nothing The political potency of refugee issues is wildly out of proportion to the impact boat arrivals have on the community Put another way boat arrivals in no way threaten the welfare of Australians they just offer an easy if unfounded way of whipping up fear in the community And politicians on both sides thrive on fear In the UK where the UK Independence Party has tapped xenophobic fears even more successfully than

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  • Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave | Business Spectator
    Scotland and the pound would remain the currency Scots would even be permitted to remain loyal to the British Broadcasting Corporation No revolution then But some of the SNP s long held expectations have already been dismantled Initially Salmond was an enthusiast for Scottish membership of the euro Successive crises have changed all that even if staying with the sterling means setting interest rates in London The SNP assumed that an independent Scotland would be automatically welcomed into the EU Not so the Brussels bureaucrats have said An application to join as a new member would be required and it could easily fall victim of internal EU politics The Spanish might oppose Scotland s application so as to discourage independence movements in Catalonia and the Basque country The SNP proposes to join NATO which embraces nuclear weapons in its arsenal But the SNP rejects nuclear weapons and should they win would demand that the English remove the nuclear submarine base at Faslane in the Firth of Clyde at enormous cost No one has a plan to square this circle When the Irish wished to be free of England they were motivated by a powerful dislike of England and the English There are elements among the nationalists in Scotland who also feel strongly though never strongly enough to take to the streets as the Irish did at Easter 1916 But Scots tend to be more pragmatic and the question that dominates the referendum debate is about the economy will Scots in an independent Scotland be better or worse off At the moment a small majority thinks that Scotland would be worse off Women are more strongly against the proposal than men The SNP is a political coalition in which the most influential strain is Social Democratic Scottish university students pay no fees though the universities charge English students to study there Care for the elderly is free and the SNP promises more benefits post independence such as child care The cost of these welfare bonuses is met by funds from central government Public spending per head is significantly higher in Scotland 11 800 compared to 10 600 in Britain as a whole Salmond is sanguine about the economics of independence The cost will be met he states by income from North Sea oil Simple as that Oil taxes would provide 15 per cent of public spending in Scotland it stands at 1 6 per cent in the UK now A variety of economists conclude that in the short term the outlook for an independent Scotland would be tolerable Businessmen are not at all sure In the long term not only are we are all dead but oil prices move in unpredictable ways The price may rise over the years but the trend is downward It will be influenced by two factors One is the difficult and expensive drilling operations in the North Sea the second is the impact of cheaper oil from fracking in the US on world prices Uncertainty about future revenues would no doubt influence the cost of borrowing in international debt markets Dependence on a single commodity means the Scots would be charged higher interest rates than developed economies such as England The English who have taken no more than a desultory interest in the debate so far are now waking up If Scotland were independent the rest of the British economy would drop from 7 th among the world s trading nations to 13 th Transition negotiations would inevitably be a treacherous drawn out business spreading uncertainty at a time when Britain will also be contemplating its future membership of the EU In a Financial Times survey published in the New Year 27 out of 31 British economists questioned said that a yes vote would be disastrous for the UK as a whole not just for Scotland Prime Minister David Cameron our Panjandrum of public relations tells us that the economic case against independence has been made But hearts have still to be won He is right to take nothing for granted There is still time for a romantic rediscovery of the idea of independence in Scotland The Irish in me would applaud but the English bit would certainly regret it Print this page More from Stephen Fay 10 Dec Can Carney restore the BoE to its former glory 06 Nov An enigma wrapped in a puzzle wrapped in gold 07 Oct Letter from a worried London 27 Aug ASHES Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory 26 Aug ASHES A final fireworks display Related articles 10 Jan EU approves Snowden hearing 06 Jan Merkel injured skiing 17 Dec Britain approves banking reforms 17 Dec Germany s coalition deal signed 15 Dec Merkel coalition gets key vote More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Robin Bruce Thu 2014 01 09 09 27 The spirit of this article is decent enough but there are some inaccuracies SNP have had Westminster MPs since 1967 not 1973 as the article suggests SNP came to power in Scotland in 2007 not 2011 The article seems to imply that a nuclear arsenal is a prerequisite for NATO membership In fact of 28 members 3 are nuclear powers and only a further 5 host weapons for the US The article suggests that Scotland s EU membership is seriously in doubt threatened by the Spanish whereas in fact Spain have been clear that they have no objection to Scotland s independence provided it is agreed to by the UK state in a constitutional manner which it is thanks to the Edinburgh Agreement promising to respect the referendum result which has royal assent As to trying to divine the future based on the majority view of economists surely you are old enough to know better than that It has been more profitable for economists to

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  • Technology | Business Spectator
    offload Hong Kong based mobiles business to HKT Limited ANZ Bank Harvey Norman named and shamed in online privacy study 20 Dec 2013 10 44 AM Imgur and The Daily Mail also on the list as Canberra Institute for Internet safety report highlights deficiencies in how companies handle user data Credit Suisse to advise Coalition on Telstra NBN deal report 20 Dec 2013 10 21 AM Advisory firm to provide guidance on how the existing contract negotiated during Labor s tenure can be tweaked to accommodate the changes to the NBN process Target suffers severe cyber breach 20 Dec 2013 8 54 AM Up to 40 million accounts compromised Zuckerberg to sell Facebook stock 20 Dec 2013 3 37 AM Founder and chief executive to offload US2 3 billion worth of his shares Datacentre array to offer green cloud 20 Dec 2013 11 04 AM NextDC launches solar power service via Melbourne data centre PV system Verizon to detail government information requests 20 Dec 2013 10 57 AM Company promises to publish online reports with data on the number of law enforcement requests following pressure from activist shareholders Samsung LG to release 105 inch curved TVs 20 Dec 2013 8 51 AM Set to deliver picture quality almost four times what is currently seen with HD TV Accenture expects consulting business to pick up 20 Dec 2013 11 04 AM Company aims to to build on the strength in its outsourcing unit that helped it report better than expected quarterly results Google in hot water in Spain 20 Dec 2013 11 15 AM Spain s privacy watchdog fines internet search giant for breaking the country s data protection law Optus flicks the switch on 4G plus network upgrade 19 Dec 2013 11 18 AM Telco utilises Huawei s carrier aggregation technology to push its network to the limits UN votes to protect online privacy 19 Dec 2013 1 04 PM Resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance adopted unanimously Freelancer rivals oDesk Elance to merge 19 Dec 2013 10 53 AM US firms join forces to cater to 10 million freelance workers in 180 countries Bitcoin in price crash 19 Dec 2013 2 12 AM Fledgling cryptocurrency takes major price hit on China restrictions Apple to provide 24 month warranty to Australian consumers 18 Dec 2013 3 45 PM Tech giant cleans up its act on customer guarantees after ACCC bites Visionstream to speed up NBN rollout in Tasmania 18 Dec 2013 9 49 AM Leighton Holdings subsidiary says discussions with NBN Co have clarified the approach for fibre delivery across the state Microsoft to reveal CEO pick in early 2014 18 Dec 2013 11 02 AM Software gaint close to finding a replacement for Steve Ballmer Commentary The NBN is dead long live the NBN Supratim Adhikari 51 Whatever name you might want to give the broadband network we end up with 2013 is the year when a couple of NBN aspirations and assumptions were

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