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Mining supplier optimism up after year of collapses, with marketing high on agenda

Despite the collapse of many mining supply businesses in 2013, companies in the sector are largely optimistic about the March 2014 quarter, the latest Projectory Quarterly Survey of Business Expectations shows. by Melinda Oliver

Switching fail: businesses trapped with energy providers

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has warned small businesses are struggling to switch between energy providers. by Cara Waters

Billion dollar man: Josh Frydenberg meets with Business Council of Australia to talk cuts to red and green tape

The parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister, Josh Frydenberg, is meeting today with the Business Council of Australia to talk red and green tape cuts. by Melinda Oliver

Solar companies collapse like dominoes, in financial turmoil as industry consolidates

Solar energy companies are feeling the cold as government subsidies start to dry up. by Patrick Stafford

Why Twiggy is right to stop providing sauce at Fortescue – and other cost-cutting tips

There's some belt-tightening going on at Fortescue, with fresh coffee and staff barbecues first on the razor gang list. by Kath Walters

How Andrew Forrest got trapped between too much debt and falling asset prices: Bartholomeusz

Fortescue has been caught midstream in its expansion by the falling iron ore price and now it's in trouble. It's decision time for founder Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest, and he might not like the choices. by Stephen Bartholomeusz

This mining boom will end in the next year or two, but there will be another: Shane Oliver

The boom in mining investment has 18 months or so to run before it peaks and starts to subside back to more normal levels. by Shane Oliver

Will a mining slowdown spell an end to regional property price growth?

Despite a recent peak in commodity prices, most mining and resource regions have continued to see growth in both selling prices and weekly rents over the past year. by Cameron Kusher

The mining boom isn't over, but we're moving into a new phase: Bartholomeusz

The mining boom is not over, with China-led demand for Australia's resources set to continue apace. What is over is the 'super boom', which saw an aberration in prices as mining industries grew to scale. by Stephen Bartholomeusz

Is Nathan Tinkler's paper fortune disintegrating? Gottliebsen

Like many before him, Nathan Tinkler has confused paper wealth with cash in the bank. Now he must do an about face, Holmes a Court style, to salvage what he can. by Robert Gottliebsen

Is over-supply about to hit our gas boom? Gottliebsen

The gas price underpinning the massive investment in Australian projects is about to be challenged by a massive increase in supply around the world. by Robert Gottliebsen

Nathan Tinkler's next big adventure: A $4 billion takeover of Whitehaven Coal

The Tinkler Group is on the verge of completing a deal to buy Whitehaven Coal. by James Thomson

Why the road gets bumpy from here: Gottliebsen

Australia was the lucky country, but now that we understand the dependence of our banks on Europe, it's clear confidence has been damaged and we're in for a bumpy ride. by Robert Gottliebsen

"You can still go broke in a boom:" $25 million mining tyres business collapses

A Queensland business which supplied tyres to the mining industry ceased trading yesterday and has had administrators appointed. by Cara Waters

The miners are worried about a Chinese lull. The rest of us should be too: Bartholomeusz

Australia's biggest miners are looking hard at where China demand for iron ore. The rest of the business world needs to do the same. by Stephen Bartholomeusz

How the new global oil rush could change the global economy: Kohler

Forget declining oil, there is a new global oil rush. And it could lead the US into a new era of prosperity. by Alan Kohler

Fair Work allows mining workers to opt out of collective union agreement

Industrial umpire rules that company's undertakings meet the 'better off overall' test within the Fair Work Act. by

Your sector-by-sector guide to 2012

The only certainty is uncertainty: chances are the Australian economy is headed for another topsy-turvy year. by

No compensation for businesses affected by energy company’s decision to cut power due to fire risk

South Australian electricity distributor ETSA Utilities has said it will not pay compensation to businesses that lost trade as a result of it cutting their supply on January 1. by Myriam Robin

Gender pay gap reaches decades-high on mining boom

The gender pay gap has reached a decades-high as bumper packets in the male-dominated mining sector lead to a rapid increase in the average man's pay. by
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