In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler wades into the emissions trading debate, Gottliebsen looks at how the new IR regime is operating and Bartholomeusz reviews BHP Billiton's result.

KGB TV: Pauline Vamos
Kohler, Gottliebsen, Bartholomeusz
Legislating against commissions for super advice must be approached with caution, says the CEO of the Association of Super Funds of Australia, who adds that changes to default funds are likely.

Policy up in smoke
Alan Kohler
The polarised politics of climate change in Australia mean the Frontier Economics report being championed by Malcolm Turnbull is now doomed to obscurity. That's a pity, because it’s not a bad idea.

The full extent of union power
Robert Gottliebsen
Unions are embedded in just about every major clause in the new industrial relations changes, so trying to avoid them is a high risk strategy.

BHP rattled, not rolled
Stephen Bartholomeusz
In the midst of a period of drastically lower commodity prices, BHP has survived a monumental stress-test. However, the mining giant is still very cautious when it comes to its outlook.

A Platinum-coated strategy
Tony Boyd
With Platinum Capital outshining its peers, there's no doubt Kerr Nielson knows his stuff. Now Australia's best international fund manager is ready to share the secrets of his success.

Will China sabotage the Australian dollar?
Q&A by Isabelle Oderberg
There is a good chance the Australian dollar will falter in its steady march upwards. If it does, China will be to blame, says BNP Paribas head of FX strategy Hans Redeker.

Why cap-and-trade beats a tax
Giles Parkinson
A cap-and-trade carbon reduction scheme might deliver an avalanche of fees to traders and bankers, but a carbon tax would simply deliver that money to lobbyists and consultants with their endless economic models.


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