EDITOR'S PICKS

In this week's round-up Kohler warns that the banks must be fixed first, Gottliebsen reveals how the government is destroying jobs and Bartholomeusz explains what the Oz Minerals deal means for Rio Tinto.

The banks are stuffed
Alan Kohler
The IMF now puts global asset write-downs at $US4 trillion. Two-thirds of that figure is concentrated in banks, which is why the IMF economists insist that it is where we will find the solution.

Rudd's job destroyer
Robert Gottliebsen
In an amazing situation, the federal government has refused to provide emergency funding for a viable but struggling firm, preferring instead to cough up more cash to pay out the company's redundancy payments.

Swan unveils poison pill
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The conditions imposed on the new owners of OZ Minerals are the best indication we have yet that the Rio Tinto deal will be loaded up with more clauses than ever thought possible.

Asbestos and amnesia
Tony Boyd
Very few of the players involved in the James Hardie civil case have come out the other side unscathed. While most of the vitriol was saved for the directors, even ASIC came in for a dressing down.

Victoria's thin blue line
Robert Gottliebsen
When a police presence is required to broker agreements with unions to keep a crucial project on target, then industrial relations are about to become the number one issue in the state.

No more penthouse living
Q&A by Isabelle Oderberg
Stockland is not scaling back its exposure to the residential sector, but re-balancing away from apartments and into core strengths, says managing director Matthew Quinn.

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