In this week's essential reading guide Kohler uncovers tumbling NBN support, Gottliebsen warns of a Greens house price threat, Bartholomeusz welcomes the anti-siphoning changes and Maley warns of Australian banks' Irish connections.

Growing NBN uproar
Alan Kohler
With parliamentary support for the national broadband network fading fast, the response to the NBN in the CEDA-Business Spectator Big Issues survey should make the government sit up and take notice.

A tough story for news media
Alan Kohler
News Corp and British newspaper The Guardian see the future of media very differently. But what ties their views together is a simple truth – journalists can no longer survive by producing 'news' that readers can discover for themselves.

The Greens' threat to house prices
Robert Gottliebsen
The chairman of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has warned that our banking system could be headed back to 1970s-style lending restrictions. Only one political party seems to think this is a good idea.

Water under the bridge: Paul Cave & the serendipity of ticket number one
Robert Gottliebsen
Robert Gottliebsen talks to BridgeClimb chief Paul Cave on 9/11, his father's legacy, and staying close to customers.

Conroy's two-tier TV
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Stephen Conroy's anti-siphoning changes aren't going to completely satisfy any of those affected by them, which probably means that they are a small step in the right direction.

Dangerous banking games
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The anti-bank sentiment whipped up by major parties, and now taken further by the Greens and independents, is creating a political issue of such magnitude that it threatens to destabilise our delicate banking system.

Our banks will share Ireland's pain
Karen Maley
With around $4 billion in exposure to Irish banks, Australian banks faces big losses of their own as Ireland's pyramid of debt is dismantled by the EU and IMF.

Swan's mutual respect
Karen Maley
There are whispers in banking circles that Wayne Swan is set to extend deposit insurance to the mutual sector, but he should be wary of providing further support by fiddling with the RMBS market.

Too soon for Gillard to swagger
Rob Burgess
The deal paving the way for the structural separation of Telstra is the first real win for the Gillard minority government. But the independents and Greens have issued a clear warning that banking reform will not come easy.

CLIMATE SPECTATOR: From Canberra to Cancun
Giles Parkinson
As Climate Spectator packs for UN climate talks in Mexico, the Gillard government's climate roundtables are set to begin proceedings, in what promises to be a fascinating clash of egos and self interest.

THE ASHES: Mixed Gabba jabber
Gideon Haigh
History tells us that a victory at the Gabba should set Australia on a series-winning course. In fact, predictions before an Ashes series have not ranged so widely in years.

Labours of an inconvenient marriage
Natasha Stott Despoja
Grooming cross-benchers is becoming an increasingly hard task for Labor. But with the Greens and independents wedded to ideas, such as the release of NBN business plans, more should be done to find a compromise.

Billions in NBN benefits await
John Stanton
Offshore examples show the NBN could be worth hundreds of billions of dollars for Australia, as well as give rise to a local high-tech apps industry with global export potential.

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