In this week's essential reading guide Kohler, Maley and Gottliebsen crack open the budget, Bartholomeusz details NAB's new normal and Burgess finds a budding political party with banks in its sights.

CLIMATE SPECTATOR: A budget hint for Greg Hunt
Tristan Edis
The budget deferred $341 million for clean energy grant tendering programs. It again illustrates what a poor model tendering is for supporting clean energy and driving abatement. Is Greg Hunt paying attention?

Buffett's tired insurance dodge
John Hempton
Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger squibbed some serious questions at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, leaving a lot unanswered about the group's reinsurance business.

PRODUCTIVITY SPECTATOR: An app to do your job?
Jackson Hewett
As white collar work processes are more closely scrutinised, a revolution is taking place, and workers who can't remove waste in their companies will be deemed contributors.


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