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Lend Lease: double dipping and Dutch tripping

What Lendlease has been doing is buying villages, claiming a bonanza of deductions by changing the contracts from lease to loan arrangements, booking the benefit of those deductions to its bottom line, and ignoring the tax law that says you can’t double dip.

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ETF Fightback: passive manager attacks the active myths

It’s no coincidence that the groups most threatened by the groundswell of money into ETFs and index investing are also their staunchest and most vocal opponents. Any time there is hostile press on ETFs, you can be sure the author behind it is an active fund manager.

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Glencore, media battles and the pitfalls of fighting a multinational

There was one simple goal: to find out how much income tax was paid by Glencore, Australia’s biggest coal miner. Our quest had more spills than a Blues Brothers movie. We were met with the threat of a lawsuit, newspaper editors caving in with grovelling apologies, weeks of company searches costing hundreds of dollars, a hostile PR offensive run in rival media and the mining lobby and were still none the wiser.

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WestConnex: what NSW must learn from Victoria and Queensland

Heads you win, tails we lose. Is this a guiding principle in the privatisation of Australia’s biggest infrastructure project, WestConnex? As laid out in our “Blind Faith” investigation, the government of NSW has tilted the playing field in favour of WestConnex bidders thanks to a scheme to artificially make the tollroads longer, and by jacking up both the number of roads tolled and the tolls themselves.

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Married at First Sight: accountants stuck in a bad marriage

Notwithstanding infidelity and the infamous boys’ night out, the union of Dean and Tracey on Married at First Sight appears to be similarly functional to the marriage of the Big Four peak body, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia with its New Zealand beau … that is, not very functional at all.

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