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In this week's essential reading guide Kohler tackles the Medibank float, Gottliebsen suggests some medicine for our health system and Bartholomeusz makes sense of iron ore's price slump.

At least make the Medibank float fair
Alan Kohler
The banks appear to have won the day on FoFA reforms, but Mathias Cormann has a chance to redeem himself somewhat if he chooses a transparent, on-market bookbuild for Medibank.

A titanic clash between optimism and pessimism
Rob Burgess
Abbott's attempt to reshape the economy takes Australia miles away from Labor’s softly, softly approach. The nation is either investing in a better future or has made an awful miscalculation.

Iron ore miners brace for a structural shift
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The tumbling iron ore price may signal the start of the market's structural adjustment to a massive expansion of supply, with uncertain prospects for all but the lowest-cost producers.

How to save our sick health system without GST hikes
Robert Gottliebsen
The immense cost of data duplication across medical providers will challenge state and federal governments, but one Victorian region has shown that huge savings can be made without a GST increase.

Prepare for more labour market pain
Callam Pickering
Soft wage growth provides further evidence of rising spare capacity in the economy as many Australians struggle to find work. The Coalition's ill-timed welfare cuts will make matters worse.

China's consumption boom is just getting started
Peter Cai
A rising middle class and the rapid growth of the e-commerce sector show why China's transformation into a more consumption-based economy is far from over.

What the China-Russia gas deal means for Australia
Peter Cai
The historic gas deal struck between Russia and China highlights the latter country's reliance on imported gas and the potential for Australia to capitalise on future Chinese LNG demand.

Budget pain could be renewables' gain
Tristan Edis
The hammering the Coalition has received in post-budget polling is likely to have vulnerable backbenchers asking their climate-sceptic colleagues why they should help out power companies by taking an axe to the Renewable Energy Target.

The hack attack that caught eBay napping
Supratim Adhikari
The US online giant joins a growing list of companies who are learning the hard way that spending millions on securing information won't necessarily stop hackers.

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Shining a light on your property’s worth
Callam Pickering
Australian property owners are dangerously uninformed about what their own home is worth, and it feeds into their decision-making. While plenty of data takes a birds-eye view, local factors tend to distort value estimations.

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Does 'Abbott's Army' know why it's marching?
Rob Burgess
Tony Abbott's supposed plan to get the states to raise the GST may in fact be a clever ploy to do something quite different.