One commentator praises Labor's business nous, while another takes a hatchet to its auto subsidy policy.

The political right would have us believe that the Gillard government's efforts are threatening our recession-beating mining industry. Whatever your opinion may be, The Australian Financial Review’s Chanticleer columnist Tony Boyd shares some important details this morning about Nexus Energy’s deal with oil giant Shell that reveal a deft hand doing more than shuffling papers in the resources portfolio. Industry Minister Kim Carr doesn’t receive the same glowing treatment for his protectionist tendencies towards the auto industry in another commentary, while one business writer finds an influential figure in France promoting former Prime Minister Paul Keating as an example of leadership in times of economic strain.

Firstly, The Australian Financial Review’s Chanticleer columnist, Tony Boyd, gives a fascinating insight to Nexus Energy’s deal with Royal Dutch Shell to pursue the integrated Crux gas and liquids development in the Timor Sea.


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