In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler addresses that quota question, Gottliebsen speaks to MYOB boss Tim Reed, Bartholomeusz farewells another Fairfax boss and Burgess says Assange is no Gandhi.
Forcing the pace and aiming at 40 per cent women on boards over time would improve the quality of company boards, not weaken it. That’s why the government needs to look at a quota.
CEO PULSE: Walking the prosperity plank
Australia's corporate skippers, undeterred by potential economic headwinds, are expecting to sail through 2011. But all this optimism and talk of prosperity is more than a little unnerving.
MYOB, SMEs and the great online advance
MYOB chief Tim Reed talks to Robert Gottliebsen about the e-revolution reshaping small business, the plight of retail and going private.
Axing our Asian advantage
With Australia set to lose so much ground in Asian markets as a result of the AXA-AMP deal, Wayne Swan would do well to consider what's in the nation's and not just AXA APH directors' best interests.
A royal MRRT breakdown
A critical MRRT design flaw means that unless the big miners cave in and accept the government's new royalty demands, the tax could become a problem that cannot be solved.
Why Fairfax lost its head
After Brian McCarthy's exit from Fairfax, which came suspiciously soon after his unimpressive strategy update, acting CEO Greg Hywood has the skills to be considered as a potential permanent successor.
WikiLeaks is fuelling McAnarchy
WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange are doing a wonderful job of channelling the political will of those whose sole beef is with an abstract 'system' or 'the Man'.
Why Assange is no Gandhi
A real journalist is a player with 'skin in the game' who intends to keep publishing after sensational headlines are forgotten. WikiLeaks' Julian Assange appears to be happy with a far more fleeting moment in the sun.
THE ASHES: No escape
Not since Australian cricket’s dog days in the Packer era have the hosts been so utterly outplayed in their own backyard.
Wetting our WikiLeaks whistle
Natasha Stott Despoja
WikiLeaks has sent leaders around the world into a spin. Leaders may try and control this medium but a new age of transparency and information is here, whether we are ready or not.
Black swan rising
'Surprisingly weak' local economic data has been entirely predictable and is likely to continue because, unlike every other economic recovery, Australians aren't returning to the bank.
Trichet's prize for shredding Europe
Oliver Marc Hartwich
ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet may have won the 2011 Charlemagne Prize for protecting the 'cohension of monetary union', but his actions will also debase the euro and bring the European project to its knees.
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