EDITORS' PICKS

The Spectators have been kept busy this week with a major coal-seam gas announcement, an attack on a huge Rio Tinto asset, Babcock & Brown's struggle for survival and a worrying development in the grocery wars.

2P or not 2P?

Alan Kohler

Queensland Gas has been drilling like mad to show that it has 80 per cent more 'proven' and 'probable' reserves of coal-seam gas than previously thought. June 19

BHP's lucky break

Robert Gottliebsen

News that a small miner might wrest control of a major asset from Rio Tinto is a second piece of good fortune for BHP Billiton and another reason why it can afford to bide its time. June 19

Squeezing Blackberry

Tony Boyd

For years the sexiest, most useful mobile device on the boardroom table was the Blackberry. So why does Apple think its iPhone can upstage it as a business tool?

Babcock's regulatory loophole

Alan Kohler

An ASX listing rule passed in 1999 was badly worded, allowing Babcock & Brown to drive a truck through it. Both the ASX and ASIC jumped out of the way. June 18

NSW is the laggard

Robert Gottliebsen

Let's stop talking about resource-rich and resource poor states and face up to the ugly reality – most of Australia is performing admirably under high interest rates. NSW is not. June 18

Greens under fire

Robert Gottliebsen

Woolworths and Coles are squeezing vegetable growers so hard that they are now refusing to plant. That's bad news for consumers already struggling to cope with inflation. June 17