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In this week’s essential reading guide Bartholomeusz asks whether scale should be front of mind for gold miners, Burgess explains Australia's import addiction, and Pickering puts Canberra's immigration planning under the microscope.

Will the pursuit of scale pan out for big gold miners?
Stephen Bartholomeusz
A steep and structural increase in the gold sector's cost base has raised debate about whether big miners like Barrick and Newmont should continue to push for scale or instead focus on shareholder returns.

The Big Australia illusion
Callam Pickering
Canberra's push for a 'Big Australia' has become a substitute for more sophisticated economic planning. But strong population growth is not in itself a recipe for prosperity.

Why China fears the Putin precedent
John Lee
Beijing is wary of Russia's Ukraine actions and probably just as confused about how to respond as America and Western Europe - but for very different reasons.

Can Australia manufacture a solution to its import addiction?
Rob Burgess
Australia's dependence on imported goods comes at a substantial cost. Maintaining current levels of prosperity will require a shift from volatile booms to value-adding businesses before it is too late.

Why the RBA will keep its cool on inflation
Callam Pickering
Inflation on tradable goods is at the mercy of commodity prices and the exchange rate. But there are a few compelling reasons why the Reserve Bank won't fight against the upward pressure.

The cost of corruption in China
Peter Cai
Widespread corruption in China is not only eating away at the Communist Party’s legitimacy, it’s also threatening the vitality of the Chinese economy.

Steinert can still breach Australand's battlements
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Stockland doesn't have a great deal of room to manoeuvre on its rebuffed Australand bid, and its 19.9 per cent stake is a double-edged sword. But Mark Steinert has a few advantages up his sleeve.

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The dollar is stuck in Hockey's house of horrors

Callam Pickering
Despite Joe Hockey’s concerns about a high currency, Coalition housing policies have hamstrung the Reserve Bank’s ability to increase downward pressure on the dollar.

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The IPCC's terrible three

Emily Aitken
Via three sobering graphs, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change puts the emissions equation in stark relief.