Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler appraises Gough Whitlam's legacy and Gottliebsen glimpses the goddess of war on the ASX.

Thanks for China, Gough
Alan Kohler
Whitlam's visit to China ushered in closer ties that were largely responsible for Australia's 23 years of uninterrupted growth. But China's engine is starting to falter.

Glimpsing the 'goddess of war' on the ASX
Robert Gottliebsen
The Athena Capital high frequency trading scandal on the NASDAQ should remind Australian regulators to be on guard against market manipulation.

How China's richest will fund Australian innovation
Peter Cai
The government's plan to channel funds from the significant investor visa program into sectors that are hungry for capital is a smart move.

Will Australia's economy age gracefully?
Callam Pickering
Australia’s ageing population will have huge impacts on the make-up of our economy and pose serious challenges for policymakers.

An Australian geek's Snapchat payday
Jackson Hewett
Perth's Jeremy Liew has a knack for spotting the next big thing in Silicon Valley and with his punt on Snapchat paying off, the self-described 'math geek' has his eyes set on another target.

China schools Australia on FTA negotiating tactics
Cliona O’Dowd
China's position on coal imports shows that it is ready to drive a hard bargain in FTA negotiations. Our miners have a right to be nervous.

Irony and confusion in Medibank's float
Alan Kohler
The sale of Medibank Private will allow the Coalition to cash in on the public's brand confusion and rid itself of a business it has despised since its inception.

Inflation, not deflation, is still the risk
Adam Carr
While the popular narrative is that we're sinking into a deflationary era, quite the opposite is true. Asset inflation is not being taken into account.

France's indecent proposal is an affront to policymaking
Oliver Marc Hartwich
France's plan to press Germany for more fiscal stimulus isn't just informed by spurious logic -- it's also economic blackmail.

The ACCC turns its spotlight on Toll
Robert Gottliebsen
An ACCC investigation into Toll's agreement with the Transport Workers Union promises a much needed assessment of the deal's threat to national productivity.

The thought police cometh
Rob Burgess
The furore surrounding academic Barry Spurr's private emails is a gross invasion of privacy by the media -- and our civil discourse is much poorer for it.

Business is missing the big picture in Hong Kong
John Lee
Pro-democracy protests have been criticised by Hong Kong's business groups, but the consequences of pro-mainland governance will be much more profound.

Why central banks have locked up capitalism
Alan Kohler
It’s supposed to be free-market capitalism, but animal spirits are in a zoo these days, and central bankers are the zookeepers.

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Another sign the RBA will act on housing
Callam Pickering
A speech by RBA deputy governor Philip Lowe adds to two previous signals that the bank is likely to act on the over-inflated housing market.

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Government issues a renewables death warrant
Tristan Edis
Minister Ian Macfarlane has finally declared the government's hand on the Renewable Energy Target - it would be devastating for wind power and large-scale solar and, potentially, also commercial rooftop solar.

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