EDITOR'S PICKS

In this week's essential reading guide Kohler the myth of pay performance, Gottliebsen rates Abbott's red-letter day, Bartholomeusz looks ahead to a potash stoush while Koukoulas spots a super-sell age.

The myth of pay for performance
Alan Kohler
Executive pay has nothing to do with shareholder returns in Australia’s top companies. So when will industry funds do something about it?

Abbott’s red-letter day for enterprise
Robert Gottliebsen
Coalition plans for the public and private sectors, unveiled last night, aim to completely change Australia’s anti-small enterprise culture with measures never attempted before.

Retailers can rejoice in Rudd's policy flow
Robert Gottliebsen
Kevin Rudd’s new policies have a chance of snapping consumers out of their hibernation, in a development that will delight retailers like Myer’s Bernie Brookes.

BHP on the brink of a hot potash war
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The world's biggest potash producer has withdrawn from its cartel, a move which will send prices plummeting. But despite these dangerous waters, BHP may still dive in.

Welcome to Australia's super-sell growth age
Stephen Koukoulas
Australia will see increasingly regular trade surpluses as our exports lead a new growth phase. Links to China and Japan are strengthening and with the lower dollar, massive growth is likely.

Our prosperity hangs by a social-media thread
Rob Burgess
The 'information campaign' Kevin Rudd’s about to unleash threatens to lull voters into false security while parliament ignores the urgent reforms the Business Council has called for.

How we learned to stop worrying and love the boom
Jim Minifie
Many fears about Australia’s mining boom are unsupported. There’s little evidence that it’s hollowed out manufacturing or is likely to end in a recession.

The Greens knock Rudd off his trolley
Rob Burgess
Greens plans for a moratorium on new Coles and Woolworths stores while ACCC oversight of the sector is investigated will be a roadblock for Kevin Rudd’s quick-fix policy spree.

Coal's crippling demand roadblock
Tristan Edis
Demand growth in seaborne thermal coal has collapsed and won't recover, according to Goldman Sachs, leaving Australia's coal sector and its personalities such as Tinkler in a pickle.

Kevin must put his popularity to the people
Michael Gawenda
Kevin Rudd justified his deposition of Julia Gillard by saying it’s what voters wanted. If he’s so sure, why not call an election immediately?

The real green-black divide
Keith Orchison
On one side of the suburban fence, Aussies celebrate the growing contribution of renewables. On the other they lament the green effect on power bills. Both are blind to coal's dominance.

China's new leaders crack down
Geoff Raby
Decisions to send Bo Xilai to trial, audit local government debt and curb state-owned enterprise credit show China’s new leaders are getting serious about reform.

The bold, brave race to make money in space
Alicia Clegg - FT
It’s impossible to predict whether the space entrepreneurs’ plans for space tourism, prospecting or settlement will achieve lift-off. But that’s not stopping wealthy investors with stars in their eyes.

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