Editor’s Picks

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler looks at Telstra's options, Bartholomeusz appraises Jeff Kennett's role at Coles and Burgess calculates the worth of Tony Abbott's elite education.

But what’s Telstra going to do with the money?
Alan Kohler
Telstra could reap up to $100bn from the NBN thanks to a shrewd David Thodey. Before moving on from the telco, he'll want to ensure he leaves behind a legacy of growth.

Coles makes a bold choice in Jeff Kennett
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Coles' appointment of Jeff Kennett as the independent arbiter between the chain and its suppliers shows it is taking criticisms about its dealings with suppliers very seriously.

Only our richest are really buying more
Rob Burgess
Strong retail figures have been hailed as a welcome rebound following recent budget-induced uncertainty, but beyond the headline numbers some startling patterns emerge.

Central bankers are happily behind the curve
Alan Kohler
Those urging the Federal Reserve and other central banks to raise their cash rates in line with economic recovery have missed the point: these days the game is about warding off deflation, not inflation.

What's Abbott's elite education worth?
Rob Burgess
Churning out more and more university graduates who can't think for themselves will do little to improve the economy. What we need is a return to the civil and critical thinking that universities used to teach.

Which power companies dud solar households?
Tristan Edis
A new report reveals which power retailers pay their customers nothing for power exports, or refuse to go beyond the bare minimum required by regulators - with the sector's efforts generally 'not pretty'.

The RBA has passed the time for talk
Callam Pickering
Growth won't return to trend by simply maintaining current settings. It's time for the Reserve Bank to use the tools that will make a difference.

Australia’s coming jobs boom
Adam Carr
Not only will the 'end of the mining boom' barely register in Australia’s unemployment figures, but the surging residential construction sector is already boosting jobs growth.

The truth about China’s GDP numbers
Peter Cai
China's obsession with 'GDPism' has led to chronically distorted economic figures that give a skewed view of the world's second largest economy.

We still don’t know exactly how many Australians are on Twitter
Harrison Polites
The guessing game needs to end.

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The conflict of interest killing housing reform
Callam Pickering
The extensive property holdings of our politicians highlight how difficult it will be to enact reforms that make housing more affordable for ordinary Australians.

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The real reason Abbott broke his promise on section 18C
Michael Gawenda
As the conflict in Gaza escalates, the timing of a repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimation Act could not have been worse for the government. It is unlikely to be revisited anytime soon.