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Brick by brick, a city will rise again

Monday February 28, 2011
A NEW Christchurch will rise from the rubble of the earthquake, with the New Zealand government talking about a temporary central business district and imported housing.

Police hunt for killer

Monday February 28, 2011
POLICE were last night searching for a gunman after a man was shot and killed in front of several people on the side of a busy street in Melbourne's inner south. Police said the shooting happened at about 9.40pm on Beaconsfield Parade in Middle Park. The gunman was seen walking away from the scene.

Wran's the man down the mines

Monday February 28, 2011
Former NSW premier Neville Wran and his business chum Albert Wong will have another stab at becoming the fourth force in iron ore today when they complete the back-door listing of Winmar Resources.

Snowden stunned by Sepoy

Sunday February 27, 2011
SEPOY'S total domination of yesterday's $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield yesterday surprised even the youngster's trainer, Peter Snowden.

Clunkity-clunk: good times keep rolling for connies and crews

Saturday February 26, 2011
WHEN Les Mulally, just out of his teens, was offered a job as a conductor on the trams, he jumped at it. But he soon learnt that cruising the city, collecting fares, balancing on a 20-centimetre footboard, was no easy ride.

Life of luxury in cruise control

Saturday February 26, 2011
ONE of the biggest and most expensive cruise liners, the British-flagged Queen Elizabeth, arrived early at Station Pier yesterday, welcomed by dozens of waving Melburnians in old world fashion.

Business calls for open market on carbon

Saturday February 26, 2011
BUSINESS groups are demanding the right to buy pollution permits overseas instead of paying Australia's proposed carbon tax, but the government insists foreign purchases will only be allowed once full emissions trading kicks in after three to five years.

AFL girl deserves better than scorn

Saturday February 26, 2011
WHICH brings us to the Ricky Nixon thing and the 17-year-old girl previously involved in the St Kilda photo scandal. The main thing to remember is, look, yes, you're right, the manager of AFL's Ben Cousins and Wayne Carey was in her room at 2.30am, was a constant visitor before that, was constantly in contact with her, did have text messages flying back and forth, and, OK, you got me, the video footage she took of the man in his underpants did look a rather lot like him, but ... but NOTHING HAPPENED, OK? OK. It really was all about having a cup of Milo, and his simply trying to help her. The truth? I don't know, and you don't know, and to a large extent it's none of our damn business. But, seeing as you ask, yes, I have been besieged by emails all week, with many readers having a go at the girl as being the source of all evil, while far more vilified Nixon. My only contribution is to cite the very wise words of Shane Webcke, on the subject of a similar situation with the Broncos a couple of years ago, when three Broncos went into a loo cubicle with a young woman and all hell broke loose. Webcke wrote in his book: "For me, there was always a big moral question at the heart of it. One bloke said to me, 'Ah, well, what about the girl? What about what she did?' I replied: 'For any young girl to be doing that you'd have to think she has some problems. But I'll tell you this for sure - we're not let off the hook in any way because we take advantage of that.' " This particular girl has become St Kilda's and Nixon's worst nightmare. Clearly, to be in the position she is, she probably has some problems, too. But it is possible - just possible, because we don't know the details - that there is something admirable in her striking back and effectively saying, "Actually, no. I am not going to be treated like that. Cop this."

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Saturday February 26, 2011
Limousine buyers can choose between mean and green, writes Stephen Ottley.

AFL VICTORIAN CLUBS AUDIT

Saturday February 26, 2011
The AFL has changed beyond recognition over the past 20 years, and that has had major ramifications for the 10 remaining clubs from the old Victorian Football League. In the face of what the AFL calls ‚“generational‚¯ change, business journalists Mark Hawthorne and Ben Butler have examined the annual accounts of every Victorian-based team to identify which clubs are in trouble, and which ones are best placed to compete in the expanded 18-team competition. As their investigations reveal, the gap between rich and poor has never been wider.

Audi S5 Sportback

Saturday February 26, 2011
Audi S5 Sportback

Business left frustrated at changing carbon copies

Saturday February 26, 2011
In a sense, the posturing of the past three years has produced the worst of both worlds, writes Wayne Kayler-Thomson.

Sale brewing as tea lady turns over a new leaf

Saturday February 26, 2011
MADAME Flavour tea business founder Corinne Noyes has outgrown her home office ‚€¯ otherwise known as the family home.

MODEL WATCH - VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK

Saturday February 26, 2011
VOLKSWAGEN'S highly anticipated dual-cab ute, the Amarok, has arrived in Australia to take on the commercial segment's all-conquering Toyota HiLux.

River downturn/US boosts body scanners/ APT expands fleet/Vets reach out/Puppy love

Saturday February 26, 2011
Murray is still running

Rich man, poor man, we're all equal in the eyes of the law

Saturday February 26, 2011
THERE was a time, not so long ago, when the prevailing ethos in business was: "My word is my bond."

Party's over for Party Boys

Saturday February 26, 2011
A SPAT between two ageing rockers - guitarist Kevin Borich and bass player Paul Christie, both formerly of the Party Boys - saw them booked to play in a new venue yesterday, the Federal Court. At issue was use of the name the Party Boys both as a trademark and a registered business.

YOUR WEEK AHEAD WITH LILITH

Saturday February 26, 2011
Old-time astrologers noted that when Jupiter was prominent, things tended to get bigger and this week, the old astro sugar daddy's busy giving you even more of whatever you're thinking, feeling and doing.

Real kitchen nightmares

Saturday February 26, 2011
A sure-fire way to kill your appetite when eating out is to speculate about the sorts of grisly undertakings that might have transpired in the kitchen before your order arrived. Switching those kinds of thoughts off is easier for some than others, however. For City of Greater Dandenong environmental health officer Chris Trebilcock, it's part of his job to ensure businesses practise hygienic food preparation, so he often finds himself on high alert when he goes to buy a sandwich, he says.

ANZ boss backs sovereign wealth fund

Friday February 25, 2011
ANZ's chief executive, Mike Smith, has added to growing calls among business leaders for a sovereign wealth fund to ensure Australia does not squander its windfall from the mining boom.

A lot of talk, but not much clarity

Friday February 25, 2011
Q What do you plan to do about law and order?

ANZ chief backs calls for sovereign wealth fund

Friday February 25, 2011
ANZ chief executive Mike Smith has added to growing calls among business leaders for a sovereign wealth fund to ensure Australia does not squander its windfall from the mining boom.

Hopes raised that restructure will rescue Centro

Friday February 25, 2011
CENTRO PROPERTIES remains on life support but its directors are confident a restructure is getting closer to saving the business.

Henry exits with love on both sides

Friday February 25, 2011
AUSTRALIA'S best-known public servant took good news and bad to his final Senate hearing. Amid praise from both sides of politics and a warning that if it got any more chummy it would turn into a "group hug", Ken Henry said Australia would raise "several multiples" of what was predicted for the mining tax if resources prices stayed where they were, and the boom would push other firms out of business.

Rocky Road

Friday February 25, 2011
When Country Road fired its CEO, was it simply business as usual or a bad sign for one of our best-loved local brands? Konrad Marshall investigates.

Hird's Dons show style

Friday February 25, 2011
YES, it's only February. Yes, it's only the NAB Cup. But let's leave the qualifiers there and embrace the evidence gleaned so far that there's a lot to like about James Hird's new-look Essendon.

Demand for office space leads Charter Hall to upgrade earnings

Thursday February 24, 2011
THE Charter Hall Office Trust has issued an earnings upgrade for the coming six months, as the embattled Valad Property and Centro Properties stated they were working on refinancing options to keep their businesses afloat.

COVER PROPERTY

Thursday February 24, 2011
DARLING POINT 2/47 NEW BEACH ROAD $7.5 million+

LETTERS

Thursday February 24, 2011
Underwood under fire

BUSINESS BRIEFS

Thursday February 24, 2011
WEALTH MANAGEMENT

Mullin' over the ins and outs of Asciano

Thursday February 24, 2011
Asciano Group's new managing director, John Mullen, has conceded that he has a lot to learn about the business he joined a fortnight ago.

Waratahs keeping something special in reserve for derby rivals, says Robinson

Thursday February 24, 2011
THE battle of the bench will be crucial in Saturday's showdown between NSW and Queensland, as history points to another close encounter decided in the final stages.

Virgin pins hopes on business travel

Thursday February 24, 2011
VIRGIN BLUE is struggling to arrest a decline in yields from leisure travellers on domestic flights due to a combination of flat consumer confidence, an excess in flights across the industry and rising fuel prices.

Robinson warns that Tahs are keeping something special in reserves

Thursday February 24, 2011
THE battle of the bench will be crucial in Saturday's showdown between NSW and Queensland, as history points to another close encounter decided in the final stages.

Meridian lot sales

Wednesday February 23, 2011
JONES Lang LaSalle has negotiated more than $3.1 million of sales this year at Meridian Business Park on behalf of MAB Corporation. The sales comprised lots 50, 51 and 52 ‚€¯ a lettable area of more than a hectare. JLL and CB Richard Ellis have sold 23 lots at Meridian Business Park in the past year alone. Only 15 lots remain. It is proposed to rezone the park from Industrial 1 to Business 3.

A compelling deal for the legendary deal maker

Tuesday February 22, 2011
STEP on up for Kerry Stokes's latest mega-merger extravaganza. Last year Stokes grabbed headlines when he merged his media interests with an earth-moving equipment business on the basis that it was a good deal for shareholders. This year's deal is the merger of the Seven Media Group with West Australian Newspapers.

New labels on Track

Tuesday February 22, 2011
THIRTY vineyards managed by small businesses define the Gundagai region. Small they may be but they pack a punch when it comes to quality.

Strong competition squeezes margins at Flight Centre

Tuesday February 22, 2011
FLIGHT CENTRE expects margins from its retail travel businesses to remain under pressure for the rest of this financial year as consumers hunt for bargains.

WAN shareholders will choose between tradition and a rampaging mega deal maker

Tuesday February 22, 2011
Step on up for Kerry Stokes's latest mega merger extravaganza. Last year Stokes grabbed headlines when he merged his media interests with a tractor hire business on the basis it was a good deal for shareholders. This year's deal is the merger of the Seven Media Group with West Australian Newspapers.

Oceania Cruises' Culinary Odyssey

Monday February 21, 2011
Oceania Cruises new ship Marina has officially launched in Miami after her maiden voyage from Barcelona.

Forwards, back, up, down and around again

Monday February 21, 2011
One would love to say hooray for the alternative plan for Barangaroo, but it is only marginally better than the horrendous over-development of the Lend Lease scheme ("New Barangaroo vision pulls hotel back from harbour", February 19-20). It falls well short of offering a mature and inspired alternative. A lot more work is needed for that.

Queen Elizabeth Arrives in Auckland

Monday February 21, 2011
Cunard's spectacular new ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth slipped into Auckland at dawn this morning as part of her maiden world cruise.

New bar for Holland America

Monday February 21, 2011
Holland America Line debuted the novel new bar experience, Captain Morgan on the Rocks Island Bar, with an official grand opening held on Jan.

SBS hoses down Houso's attack

Monday February 21, 2011
SBS is girding its loins and pressing ahead with its new comedy series Houso's. The series, from Pizza and Swift & Shift Couriers producer-writer Paul Fenech, is a comedy set in a housing commission complex. A promo featuring Ian Turpie, Jabba, Angry Anderson and Fenech was leaked online last week and prompted media criticism. SBS moved quickly to say "everyone participating in the series is an actor" and that the show was funded through SBS's commercial business and not taxpayer subsidy. It will launch later this year.

Royal Caribbean Brings History Back to Life at Historic Falmouth Jamaica

Monday February 21, 2011
Voyager of the Seas makes history as the first ship to call at the Caribbean's newest port Royal Caribbean International's Voyager of the Seas became the first ship to call at Historic Falmouth port.

Sale on Northern Fiji Discovery Heritage Cruise

Monday February 21, 2011
Captain Cook Cruises is offering 20% off their 7 nights Northern Fiji Discovery Heritage cruise, where passengers can enjoy the unique experience of standing on the International Dateline.

Sensis seeks rejuvenation

Monday February 21, 2011
TELSTRA chief executive David Thodey has signalled a commitment to the telecom's under-pressure Yellow Pages company Sensis through an overhaul of the print directories business into a specialist in online-focused advertising and direct marketing.

PSSST

Sunday February 20, 2011
Short still a big shot

Time is tight, but celebrity skin is tighter

Sunday February 20, 2011
Ageing gracefully is too much of a stretch for some people, writes a dismayed Courteney Hocking.

Cash flow still a worry

Saturday February 19, 2011
More businesses failed last year than in the GFC, writes Christine Christian.

Don't be caught out cooling off

Saturday February 19, 2011
VICTORIANS who buy residential real estate through private sales, such as an off-the-plan apartment, are legally entitled to a cooling-off period of three business days to change their mind and cancel the contract of sale.

Don't dread the tread, it's natural

Saturday February 19, 2011
Valerie Khoo discovers how to keep your business mojo beyond the honeymoon period.

Borders demise not just down to net, say booksellers

Saturday February 19, 2011
WHEN REDgroup, the owner of Angus & Robertson and Borders, went into voluntary administration this week, online selling and protectionism were cited as culprits. But were they? Many independent bookshops are scathing about the way REDgroup went about its business and amazed about the spin management is putting on its problems.

Going up in smoke

Saturday February 19, 2011
Businesses are urging the government to move slowly in trying to cut carbon. But when does transitional assistance become needless corporate welfare? Clancy Yeates reports.

An unhealthy dose of reality

Saturday February 19, 2011
Gary Pagano prepares a mean breakfast buffet. The chef is also a ski bum who gave up his restaurant in Chicago to work a bit and ski a lot in Telluride, Colorado.

Head of Steam

Saturday February 19, 2011
The Gillard government‚„s plan for a carbon tax is causing angst within the business community which is pushing the case for compensation. Clancy Yeates reports.

A litre goes a long way

Saturday February 19, 2011
VW's Polo makes the best of every sip before it hits empty, writes Barry Park.

ANZ chief warns on policy

Saturday February 19, 2011
ANZ chief executive Mike Smith has cautioned against the temptation for governments to pursue populist policies against business, warning that it could crimp foreign investment and ultimately damage the economy.

Battle lines drawn over carbon price

Saturday February 19, 2011
The handout queue is growing, but when does transitional assistance become needless corporate welfare? Clancy Yeates reports.

Borders, Angus & Robertson out of step, out of time: independents

Saturday February 19, 2011
Many independent bookshop owners are scathing about the way REDgroup went about its business, writes Jason Steger.

World Cup designed with India in mind

Saturday February 19, 2011
Twenty20 the dominant format but the 50-over game is still big business.

Turning the page, but not closing the book

Saturday February 19, 2011
ACERTAIN amount of reading between the lines is necessary in order to come to terms with the ramifications of the collapse of Australia's largest book retailers, REDgroup Retail. On Thursday, the group, which owns 103 Angus & Robertson bookshops and 26 Borders stores in Australia ‚€¯ nearly half of which are in Victoria ‚€¯ was placed into voluntary administration. REDgroup, which bought Borders' Australian and New Zealand stores in 2008, is believed to owe $46 million. This came just 24 hours after the US-based Borders (a separate business with different owners) filed for bankruptcy protection in New York.

Tweet this: social networking hasn't won the battle yet

Saturday February 19, 2011
In every business with a marketing department, there's now a weekly meeting in which the company's "social media strategy" is discussed. The person in charge of social media leans forward and, in a voice hoarse with excitement, confides that four people have signed up for its Facebook page in just the past week.

Volkswagen Golf 77TSI

Saturday February 19, 2011
Volkswagen Golf 77TSI

MEDIA BROWSER

Saturday February 19, 2011
For whom the poll tolls

Team base a huge asset in 'falafel land'

Saturday February 19, 2011
TO GET to the Breakfast Point Country Club near Concord, you drive around a quaint cricket field surrounded by a white picket fence, past the modern apartment blocks that house Greater Western Sydney players and officials, then through a security gate.

The butterfly effect

Saturday February 19, 2011
AT THE age of 14, most girls are busy obsessing over music, clothes and boys. When Cindy-Lee Davies was 14, she was hanging out at her grandfather's salvage yard, welding together pieces of wrought iron and old car parts.

Rebels with a cause aiming to unite fans from all backgrounds

Saturday February 19, 2011
IN A city full of sport, says Dr Heath McDonald of Deakin University, no one code can be so arrogant as to claim ownership of fans. Associate professor McDonald studies the business of sport; he has done consumer research for the new AFL teams in western Sydney and the Gold Coast and he's also looked into how Melbourne Victory found supporters in the A-League.

Smith warns on populist policy

Saturday February 19, 2011
THE chief executive of ANZ, Mike Smith, has cautioned against the temptation for governments to pursue populist policies against business, warning this could slow foreign investment and ultimately damage the economy.

Seaside boatshed a lure for day-trippers

Saturday February 19, 2011
WERRIBEE South's boatsheds are far less famous than Brighton's bathing boxes on the other side of the bay but these charming timber buildings still offer waterfront real estate for about $100,000.

Swell frontier

Saturday February 19, 2011
On a surfing safari in the remote province of West Papua, Michael Gordon joins villagers on uncharted breaks.

Dual-use bargains

Friday February 18, 2011
Companies on a tight budget can look further than China, to utes from Mahindra and Ssangyong, writes Matt Campbell.

Coles on the pace as Wesfarmers powers on

Friday February 18, 2011
A SLUMP in spending on apparel by shoppers has sunk profitability at Target and provided the only blemish to Wesfarmers's conglomerate model as it refashions its Coles supermarket business into a profit driver for the next 20 years.

Clubs cruise through the silly season

Friday February 18, 2011
DOES anyone actually want to win the NAB Cup pre-season competition?

Emotions boil as North takes offence

Friday February 18, 2011
FIVE years ago, as rumours of a Greg Westaway challenge circled the board of St Kilda, incumbent Saints president Rod Butterss was asked if running a football club was like running a business.

Wesfarmers looks to hot Coles

Friday February 18, 2011
A SLUMP in spending on apparel has sunk profitability at Target and provided the only blemish to Wesfarmers' conglomerate model as it refashions its Coles supermarket business into a profit driver for the next 20 years.

Rebels kick off with grunt

Friday February 18, 2011
A scrum of business bigwigs and rugby types saw the Melbourne Rebels launched with fireworks and fanfare, writes Lawrence Money.

Facelift for Vito

Friday February 18, 2011
The Mercedes van is now bigger and packs more grunt, writes Chris Harris.

Pressure for wealth fund

Friday February 18, 2011
SOME of Australia's most powerful business leaders have thrown their support behind a Norwegian-style sovereign wealth fund to ensure Australia does not squander its windfall from the mining boom.

Heavyweights in call for sovereign wealth fund

Friday February 18, 2011
BUSINESS leaders canvassed by the Herald are solidly in favour of creating a sovereign wealth fund to bolster Australia's future, but they differ on its design and purpose.

Dexus issues earnings upgrade

Thursday February 17, 2011
DEXUS Property Group has issued an earnings upgrade for the full year as it factors in rent increases, stronger leasing activity and a turnaround in its US business.

Improved property cycle nets $294m for Dexus

Thursday February 17, 2011
DEXUS Property Group has issued an earnings upgrade for the full year as takes account of rent increases, stronger leasing activity and a turnaround in the US business.

Voters beware: landslides can cause a lot of damage

Thursday February 17, 2011
I will be happy to see the back of this Labor government, but I hope voters do not create more problems for NSW. If the polls are correct and we end up with 80 Coalition seats and 13 Labor in the lower house, I would not feel confident that Labor members and independents would have the ability or numbers to "keep the bastards honest" ("Electoral tsunami set to sweep ministers away", February 16).

LETTERS

Thursday February 17, 2011
Voters beware: landslides can cause a lot of damage

Centro rejects syndicate offer

Wednesday February 16, 2011
CENTRO PROPERTIES has surprised investors with its decision to reject a plan to sell its syndicate business to the Brisbane-based Cromwell Group.

'Dramatic' reforms sought

Wednesday February 16, 2011
THE health sector requires more dramatic reforms to drive efficiency and safety if it is to meet the needs of an ageing population and rising demand for sophisticated care, big business has warned.

COAG needs to be loved and nurtured

Wednesday February 16, 2011
Australia has a federal system in which it is no longer clear who is responsible for what. It has become a herculean task to separate out the roles of the Commonwealth and the states even in critical areas like health and education. Many of the nation's most pressing problems - in areas such as indigenous disadvantage, taxation, business regulation and water policy - require joint action.

Union fires biting salvo at Rio

Wednesday February 16, 2011
AUSTRALIA'S most influential blue-collar union has savaged a "bloodsucking" miner Rio Tinto, warning it would be "coming after" it in a bid to fully unionise a key part of its business.

Harcourts and Landmark merge to take on the dominant Elders

Wednesday February 16, 2011
THE Harcourts property franchise will merge with rural services business Landmark in a bid to challenge the dominance of the Elders real estate brand.

Hospitals need more stats, rewards and penalties, says business council

Wednesday February 16, 2011
AUSTRALIA'S health sector requires more dramatic reforms to drive efficiency and safety if it is to meet the needs of an ageing population and rising demand for sophisticated care, big business has warned.

Leighton CFO walks the walk

Tuesday February 15, 2011
Leighton's chief financial officer, Peter Gregg, exuded a sense of achievement yesterday when he took to the lectern at the group's half-year results briefing.

Kloppers 'offered secrets to US'

Tuesday February 15, 2011
BHP Billiton chief executive Marius Kloppers fears espionage from China, his business competitors and partners, and even the Australian government, but is eager to trade secrets with the United States, according to a secret cable released by WikiLeaks.

Haunted by big-bang strategy that became a fizzer

Tuesday February 15, 2011
WHEN Mike Wilkins jumped into the saddle as white knight of Insurance Australia Group almost three years ago, he gave himself a year to get the insurance company right. His big-bang strategy included a decision to keep part of its disastrous British business.

New push to cut red tape across state borders

Tuesday February 15, 2011
TO tackle faltering productivity, the government plans to unleash a wave of reforms to cut the cost of doing businesses across state borders.

IAG's battle in Britain

Tuesday February 15, 2011
INSURANCE Australia Group could take a hit of as much as $250 million to its forecast annual profit as its troublesome British business comes back to haunt it.

Spanish scam traps Australian businesses

Tuesday February 15, 2011
TRUE, the form addressed to small businesses, asking them to update their business details, did have the Australian flag printed on it. And there was reference to a registry held by "Industry and Commerce".

White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal Approved

Tuesday February 15, 2011
The NSW Minister for Planning last week approved the new White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal with community and industry dialogue an important part of the process.

Save up to $900 per couple

Tuesday February 15, 2011
On Parisian Christmas season river cruising.

Sale gives Johnson more room to move

Tuesday February 15, 2011
Simon Johnson has sold his boutique providore and wholesale business to Australian company Food Holdings for an undisclosed price.

Princess Cruises Makes Alaska Tour Reservations Easier

Tuesday February 15, 2011
Cruisetour Travelers Can Now Pre-Reserve Their Land Tours.

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