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In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler discusses housing policy, Gottliebsen gives his view on negative gearing and Bartholomeusz digs into a report on corporate tax avoidance.

Australia: land of the free … and indebted
Alan Kohler
The only significant economic intervention in our open economy is monetary policy, which ultimately results in higher house prices and debt. This is unlikely to change any time soon.

Canberra must tread carefully with negative gearing
Robert Gottliebsen
With investors playing a key role in creating jobs in the building sector, any steps to cut negative gearing will be detrimental.

Corporate tax avoidance reports are avoiding the real facts
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Claims that a large chunk of Australia's top companies are avoiding tax are completely baseless, and many of them aren't even Australian.

Hong Kong protests are about more than democracy
Peter Cai
Thousands of Hong Kong citizens have taken to the streets to protest against China's electoral reform package. But Hong Kong will need more than a freely elected chief executive to tackle its political crisis.

Murdoch goes back to the future with Move
Stephen Bartholomeusz
News Corp's acquisition of real estate platform Move Inc. provides some insight into one potential leg of the group's growth strategy.

Abbott's 'good global citizen' needs a priorities rethink
Tristan Edis
In a speech to the UN late last week, the Prime Minister said Australia can 'step up' to make the world a better place. But are his and the globe's priorities driven by emotion or calculated logic?

Why Treasury Wine closed the lid on KKR and TPG
Stephen Bartholomeusz
The price offered by the prospective bidders was just not full bottle, and there’s other opportunities that CEO Michael Clarke will want to explore.

Hard times for China's soft power
Peter Cai
China's attempt to spread its soft power far and wide is sparking a backlash against Beijing-funded Confucius Institutes around the globe.

When terror lights up the trading board
Rob Burgess
The precise psychological context of 9/11's market rout will never be repeated, but long-term risks remain.

Energy agency's warning to government on RET
Tristan Edis
The International Energy Agency projects that solar could be cheaper than coal, but it hinges on clear, stable policy. Meanwhile, Australian investors representing $1 trillion in funds have warned Prime Minister Abbott he's about to trash precisely that.

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Why investors are losing faith in Australia
Adam Carr
The US, UK and New Zealand are surging ahead while we in Australia continue to obsess over the perpetual downturn.

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REVIEW: iOS 8 - iPhone 6 versus iPhone 6 Plus
Adam Turner
iOS 8 makes quite a few concessions for iPhone 6 Plus owners in acknowledgement that Apple's giant smartphone will feel more like a tablet to some people.

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