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In this week's essential reading guide Kohler tackles the budget mess, Gottliebsen appraises Rio Tinto's strategic model and Bartholomeusz ponders the next play in the Westfield saga.

The great contest killing the budget
Alan Kohler
The audit commission’s clear picture of Australia’s hopeless fiscal mess, public-sector inefficiencies and state-federal duplications will in most cases be ignored.

Iron ore miners will be spitting chips
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Goldman Sachs sees the iron ore price sinking to $80 per tonne next year as a surplus in the metal’s seaborne market emerges much faster than expected. But the pain is likely to fall far more heavily on Australian than Chinese mines.

How Rio plans to leapfrog BHP

Robert Gottliebsen
If Rio Tinto’s roadmap works as Sam Walsh expects it to, Rio Tinto will be primed to move ahead of BHP Billiton and its global competitors and make huge efficiency gains in the process.

Will Lowy's tinkering placate Westfield investors?
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Frank Lowy's sweetened deal on the Westfield restructure shows just how determined he is to get it across the line. But it still may not be enough to appease the critics.

Abbott’s great big excise on everything
Tristan Edis
Motoring groups attacking the government are talking rubbish, like polluters did about the carbon tax. The reality is that, as climate change will prove to be, driving is subsidised by the rest of the economy.

The unbearable lightness of crowdsourcing
Alan Kohler
Services like Airbnb and Uber show how the collaborative economy empowers consumers by disrupting legacy industries, but their success also presents a tax challenge for governments.

Alarm bells are ringing on China's property bubble
Peter Cai
China’s biggest real estate developer believes his country’s housing construction frenzy has reached its peak. Now it's just a question of how big the correction will be.

China's tech industry is making the impossible Pozible
Fergus Ryan
Many foreign tech firms have failed in their attempts to crack the Chinese market, but one Australian start-up is hoping to buck that trend.

Five reasons you should care about Alibaba's IPO
Hannah Francis
The Chinese e-commerce giant's filing for IPO in the US is set to strengthen its already formidable presence even further.

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A day of reckoning awaits the housing market
Callam Pickering
The Coalition's budget cuts are likely to put a dent in consumer confidence, but it's the proposed deficit tax that will send investors running from Australia's property market.

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The avalanche of opprobrium in Abbott's way
Rob Burgess
The sky-is-falling strategy framing the budget doesn't help the economy, and will likely haunt the Abbott government.