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In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler predicts tough economic times, Gottliebsen weighs up China's risks and Bartholomeusz envisages disaster for small iron ore miners.

If recessions weren't abolished, we might have one
Alan Kohler
Whether we enter into a recession in the next year or not, it's sure going to feel like it.

The dangerous combination that could end Australia's lucky run
Robert Gottliebsen
The nation was always going to face a tough time with the end of the mining investment boom, but if these two predictions prove correct it will be a much rougher ride than expected.

The worst is yet to come for our miners
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Iron ore prices will continue to decline as excess supply dramatically increases, eating into the big miners’ profits and bringing smaller miners to their knees.

Why property is no longer a safe bet
Callam Pickering
The drivers that delivered phenomenal gains in the Australian real estate market over recent decades can never be replicated.

Politicians need to follow Turnbull’s lead on China
Peter Cai
Australian politicians need to understand there’s more to China than a multi-billion-dollar trade relationship and assertive foreign policy, but Malcolm Turnbull is the exception to the rule.

You can't weaken democracy to fight terror
Rob Burgess
The more Islamic State influences countries such as Australia to curtail civil liberties and the democratic process, the happier they will be.

Apple's killer appeal lies in meaningful innovation
Supratim Adhikari
The iPhone 6 is here and for Apple, the two-hour presentation overnight wasn’t just about its latest batch of shiny toys -- but also about making a statement that it hasn’t lost its mojo.

Super: it’s the returns, stupid
Alan Kohler
The average annual super return of 6 per cent is nowhere near enough to push Australians away from the pension. Instead of relying on increasing contributions, super funds should just do a better job.

Will Alibaba's unique formula impress investors?
Fergus Ryan
The multi-pronged e-commerce offerings of China’s Alibaba and its unique guiding principle could see investors clamour to get a piece of the action.

Mining's payday perks finally dry up
Harrison Polites
And they won’t be coming back any time soon

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Abbott's economic policies fail to make the grade
Callam Pickering
The Abbott government's agenda is ideologically driven and contains no hint of a bigger vision for the economy.

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The real story behind ICAC, Peta Credlin and Brickworks
Tristan Edis
Did Brickworks' large donations to the Liberal Party give them sinister influence over Abbott's position on the carbon tax? The truth is actually more sinister and truly bizarre.

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