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Hobson’s choice: corporate reputation, secrecy and identity theft

Corporations rarely fess up to data-breaches and identity theft. To do so might invite a public relations disaster, a run on their customer base. Do they have a choice, and will victims continue to receive secret settlements? This is an edited text of an address on identity theft prepared for the Legal Services Commission of South Australia's annual conference on Friday.

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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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