Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler dissects the Victorian election, Gottliebsen looks at the public service con and Bartholomeusz watches Ten's takeover dramas.

What lies beneath the Victorian election: tax
Alan Kohler
The big tax squeeze is the key to the Victorian election results.

Three forces that could trigger the next recession
Callam Pickering
Taking a closer look at the three great risks facing the Australian economy.

How the public service conned Hockey
Robert Gottliebsen
Joe Hockey has become a puppet for parts of the public service that have lost touch with the nation. He needs to wake up and take charge.

A takeover could end Ten's dramas
Stephen Bartholomeusz
As internet-streaming services look set to disrupt the TV landscape, a bid by Foxtel and Discovery for Ten could be a clever strategic move.

Trouble is brewing in the bond market
Robert Gottliebsen
A dramatic fall in bond rates and equity values and decline in commodity prices are signs of more tumultuous things to come for the Australian economy.

Shorten’s fiscal plan is also a lie
Rob Burgess
It’s time for the ALP to speak up and come clean on their own fiscal agenda.

Don’t count on the RBA’s rates wisdom
Callam Pickering
The Reserve Bank’s forecasting record is dismal, so the market is right in questioning its rates outlook.

The RBA’s rates policy can’t hold for much longer
Adam Carr
The economy is either going into a downturn or a decent upswing, and a policy response will be needed soon.

The deeper reasons for the great commodities sell-off
Stephen Bartholomeusz
Supply and demand are key factors in the current commodities slump, but so are fundamental shifts in financial markets and global trading strategies.

Osborne's crowd-pleasing budget creates new challenges
Stephen Fay
An overhaul of stamp duty, a scaling back of tax breaks for bankers and a ‘Google tax’ are all likely to please British voters, but the measures will do little to fix the budget deficit.

How Storm McGrath saved his father’s company
Alan Kohler
Battered by a volatile exchange rate and other challenges, Storm McGrath has now put the family tutoring franchise back on course.

NBN Co's multi-technology mix has much to prove
Supratim Adhikari
NBN Co is banking on HFC to deliver on connections before its June 2016 deadline but the network builder can't afford to be slack on remediation of the copper and the cable networks.

Is this AGL and Origin’s dark and difficult future?
Tristan Edis
One of the world's largest power utilities, E.ON, has announced it will be offloading its conventional energy business to focus on renewables and distributed energy solutions. It carries ominous signs for Australia's power companies about how technology and policy are transforming energy markets.

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An income recession spells more gloom for Australia
Callam Pickering
After today's uninspiring GDP result, many economists will be wondering whether the Reserve Bank has mistimed the collapse in mining investment.

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To Labor GST means 'good scare tactic'
Rob Burgess
There is a good fiscal case for raising GST, but Labor will ensure it doesn’t happen.

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