EDITOR'S PICKS

In this week's reading list, Robert Gottliebsen outlines Abbott's 12-point plan for the economy, Stephen Bartholomeusz predicts a mercy killing of Labor's NBN, Rob Burgess looks at Parliament's ordinary people, and Stephen Koukoulas gives our new PM some points on fiscal management.

Abbott's 12-point plan to transform Australia
Robert Gottliebsen
In the first of a two-part series, the Coalition's proposed policymaking on small business, fringe benefits tax, infrastructure, carbon management and deregulation is put under the spotlight.

Abbott's 12-point plan to transform Australia part II
Robert Gottliebsen
Cartel-style agreements between unions and big builders, the health of mining and non-mining sectors, the NBN, parental leave and industrial relations will be key planks in the Coalition's economic vision for Australia.

Flexing China makes for a cheery outlook
Stephen Koukoulas
An encouraging increase in industrial production and retail sales figures from China may result in a revised forecast for Australia's growth and terms of trade.

Who let real people into parliament?
Rob Burgess
Australia's more colourful entrants into the Senate include a roo-poo chucking car enthusiast, a former rugby-league star, and a gun-toting libertarian. Should we be excited or alarmed?

Putting Labor's NBN out of its misery
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Malcolm Turnbull's review of Labor's delay-plagued NBN rollout will pave the way for the implemention of the Coalition's fibre-to-the-node plan, which will yield cost benefits to taxpayers and Telstra.

Hopes float on a rewired Dick Smith
Stephen Bartholomeusz
 
The future looks bright for Dick Smith Electronics. Under the stewardship of Anchorage Capital, the company has been recharged, with the private equity considering an IPO and outlining an ambitious growth strategy.

Myer's material alterations
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Myer's second-half earnings might have dipped, but strong growth in online sales should provide a glimmer of hope for the retailer. 

Can Abbott crack China's FTA challenge?
Geoff Raby
Tony Abbott has a unique opportunity to revisit Australia's free trade agreement negotiations with China, which have yielded so little over the past eight years.

No time for Abbott to hover with the knife
Stephen Koukoulas
If Abbott wants to start his prime ministership on a strong note, he should issue an economic statement before the year's end to chart Australia's return to surplus.

Why this is a bad time to win the election
Steve Keen
Unluckily for Tony Abbott, global debt headwinds may prove more influential than the Coalition's fiscal policies in determining the fate of Australia's economy.

Labor must finally break its addiction
Michael Gawenda
Since 1996, the ALP has been obsessed with finding a leader who could produce good opinion poll outcomes. It has resulted in a prolonged political suicide.

Merkel, and the end of an 'ever closer' EU
Oliver Marc Hartwich
As a sense of disillusionment grows within European Union member states, the future of integration looks uncertain. 

Four reasons Labor will block repeal
Tristan Edis
Tony Abbott framed the election as a referedum on the carbon tax. But there are several compelling reasons why Labor should stick to its guns on carbon pricing. 

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