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August 25, 2008
Shovel and sickle
A bevy of Australian and other foreign mining companies moving into the poverty stricken but mineral-rich Philippines face a number of challenges, among them communist insurgents wielding extortion demands and hit and run raids.
Shovel and sickle
June 17, 2008
Staple Stoush
Consumers throughout Southeast Asia have begun to show their displeasure at the rising cost of food, but the threat of these protests degenerating into region-wide, destabilising unrest is, for the moment, overstated.
Staple Stoush
June 17, 2008
Remote Control
Remote Control
June 17, 2008
Master of the Universe
Diplomats, politicians and mining executives like to say that there is always heat and colour in the iron ore trade and this year is no different to any other.
Master of the Universe
April 15, 2008
Prosecuting Wall Street
When the boom turns to a bust, throughout modern history, politicians begin to prosecute financiers.
Prosecuting Wall Street
April 15, 2008
Thinking Cap
I was making vegemite sandwiches for my sons’ lunch one Saturday in late February when Glyn Davis rang.
Thinking Cap
April 15, 2008
Ready for Harvest
All eyes are on wheat, a sector that is now said to be at the doorstep of the next wave of consolidation.
Ready for Harvest
April 15, 2008
Bucolics Anonymous
Forget mining and financial services. Agribusiness is shaping up to be the next hot investment sector.
Bucolics Anonymous
April 15, 2008
Australia's Next Top Model
A year is a long time in business, but in the case of Australia’s listed infrastructure trust (LIT) and listed property trust (LPT) sectors it is almost their entire lifetime.
Australia's Next Top Model
April 15, 2008
Trade Funk
Export statistics only tell half the story about the foreign earnings of Australian companies and are no longer a sufficient measure in a globalised economy.
Trade Funk
April 15, 2008
Australian Interest
It is one of the greatest accomplishments of modern history – the world population doubled in 50 years, but the food supply kept pace.
Australian Interest
April 14, 2008
Housebound by Nature's Gifts
It comes as no surprise that Australia’s resources industry makes a healthy showing in The Diplomat Global 100, with the sector having 15 companies on the list.
Housebound by Nature's Gifts
April 14, 2008
Year of Living Dangerously
On the face of it, the offshore earnings of Australia’s most globalised companies are powering along. They have increased by 15.3 per cent to $218.9 billion in a year when the international environment has become progressively more volatile.
Year of Living Dangerously
February 28, 2008
Regulate This
In 1998, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, told an annual meeting of the US Securities Industry Association, that money itself was undergoing a dramatic period of change.
Regulate This
February 28, 2008
Loose Caboose
The hope that China will be “decoupled” from America, and so will not feel its looming recession, seemed to take a hit when Premier Wen Jiabao said that 2008 would be “a most difficult year”.
Loose Caboose
February 27, 2008
Engineering Survey: China
Australian companies are often drilled in the “three tenders, cheapest wins” philosophy, where relationships are irrelevant.
Engineering Survey: China
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