In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler looks at the stunning new twist in the Telstra-NBN saga, Gottliebsen calls for carbon reform and Bartholomeusz reflects on the UK's bold new tax on bank bonuses.

A huge rethink for Telstra
Alan Kohler
NBN chief Mike Quigley has revealed how the relationship between Telstra and the NBN is going to work. His revelations yesterday were stunning, and have changed everything.

Get women on board
Alan Kohler
The idea that there is a shortage of women capable of being directors is insulting and sexist, which is why the ASX will soon be demanding to know why there aren't more women on boards.

Let Australia's carbon reform begin
Robert Gottliebsen
Some implications from Copenhagen are already clear. Even modest commitments to carbon reduction will require massive capital investments – which is why our politicians must get their priorities straight.

The great mall of China
Robert Gottliebsen
China is targeting high growth in 2010 as the government plans to change its economic model to one with much higher domestic demand – but can Chinese consumers be convinced to spend?

Darling's war on banks
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Alistair Darling's attack on bonuses could see an exodus of investment bankers from London and fundamental changes to banking remuneration – it all depends on whether he has any allies.

Central banking for grown-ups
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Glenn Stevens' analysis of regulators' response to the GFC and their inability to stave off another crisis is far more sophisticated than Ben Bernanke's critique this week.

A Chinese lesson for educators
Isabelle Oderberg
Australia's image as a first-rate education destination, already tarnished in India, now hangs in the balance in China.

What will Abbott call WorkChoices?
Nicholas Way
Tony Abbott has a chance to turn the disaster that was WorkChoices into a political asset – but it will need an image overhaul.

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