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In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler assesses our addiction to dividends, Bartholomeusz reflects on Qantas' massive loss, and Gottliebsen talks about how CEOs can learn from a new young player.

Dividend franking is Australia's beautiful curse
Alan Kohler
We need to kick our addiction to dividends to enable more investment in companies and infrastructure, which in turn will promote entrepreneurialism and growth

What Australian CEOs can learn from fast food's young gun
Robert Gottliebsen
Many of Australia's chief executives simply want to produce income for shareholders, but Burger King's 33-year-old CEO is chasing global growth and transforming the ailing franchise.

Why Qantas' prognosis may not be terminal
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The losses announced by Qantas are the worst in its corporate history, but they could also mark a turning point in the company's fortunes as it stabilises its balance sheet and undergoes its structural transformation.

Why mining shouldn’t shoulder all the blame for construction’s woes
Callam Pickering
Construction activity has taken a major hit from the decline in mining investment, but a lack of public sector spending is also increasingly weighing on the sector.

China must look to its past for future success
Peter Cai
The Chinese should reflect on the historic foreign policy moves former leader Deng Xiaoping made in the 1970s to provide direction for the country's future relationships with both its Asian neighbours and the West

Is Abbott crazy enough to axe the RET?
Tristan Edis
Reports the Coalition is hell-bent on total abolition of the RET wreak of political expectation-massaging. But then again, Abbott could be plotting a Machiavellian shock.

Three reasons why Amazon splashed out almost $1 billion on Twitch
Harrison Polites
Forget user metrics or Amazon's gaming ambitions. This company gets digital.

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How Keating's super plan missed its target
Rob Burgess
Super funds invest hundreds of billions of dollars in Australian firms, make a handsome profit, and then return dividends to fund owners. So how can a third of retirees be living below the '60 per cent poverty line'?

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REVIEW: Surface Pro 3 - Third time lucky for Microsoft?
Krishan Sharma
With Steve Ballmer out of the picture and Microsoft chanting the ‘platforms and productivity’ mantra espoused by new CEO Satya Nadella, the Surface Pro 3 just might be Microsoft’s last chance to turn its tablet/laptop hybrid into a commercial hit.