j-wire: King of the Quill PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 November 2010 22:14

Any self-respecting journalist dreams of becoming a famous novelist. However, they rarely turn out to be the Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway or Martha Gelhorn of their time. Freed from the restrictions of a newspaper many journalists create boring door stoppers, evoking James Joyce’s “Ulysses” – not necessarily because of the power of their language but rather from their heaviness and length of their tome. Not so the Sydney Morning Herald’s columnist Mark Dapin in his first book of fiction “King Of The Cross”: He wrote 308 racy pages of quirky humour, innuendo and wry comments on life, love and licentiousness.

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Australien im Rohstoffboom PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 November 2010 00:00
Australien hat Probleme, um die sich andere reissen würden. Der Wirtschaft geht es dank zunehmendem Rohstoffreichtum bestens. Das Land steht vor der Herausforderung, möglichst viele daran partizipieren zu lassen.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 04:36
 
SBS Badio: Round Table zur aktuellen wirtschaftlichen Situation in Australiien PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 October 2010 11:11

Eine starke Konjunktur, doch zwei Millionen Arme; eine Währung, die mit dem amerikanischen Dollar gleichgezogen hat und eine schwache Minderheitsregierung, die vor kniffligen Problemen steht.....Australien ist voller Widersprüche.

Am ’Roundtable im SBS Radio Wirtschaftsreport’ analysieren Wirtschaftskorrespondentin Barbara Bierach und Dr. Oliver Hartwich vom Centre for Independent Studies die aktuelle Lage Down Under.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 11:16
 
knowledge@Australian School of BusinessSecurency Scandal:- Lifting the Lid on Grey Money PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 02:29

A bribery scandal involving Securency, a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), has caused Australia's central bank to demote its chief banknote salesman, Hugh Brown, and ban the practice of paying overseas' middlemen to win contracts. An investigation by the UK's Serious Fraud Office follows allegations that bribes were paid by agents of Securency – a 50-50 joint venture between the RBA and British plastics producer Innovia Films – to win contracts to produce bank notes in Africa, Asia and South America. The bribes allegedly went to politicians in several countries that bought Securency's notes. The allegations highlight "a grey area" in international business "around building and maintaining relationships" that urgently needs to be aired, insists Andrew Kakabadse, a management professor at the UK's Cranfield School of Management and a visiting scholar at the Australian School of Business.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 November 2010 02:32
 
knowledge@Australian School of Business: Boardroom Positions Vacant - What's the Real Cost of Appointing a Foreign Director? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 October 2010 21:48

When a foreign independent director is on the board the results may be weaker governance and higher costs – because missed meetings and an offshore director's inability to observe management and glean crucial information have a tangible impact. Companies with foreign directors are more likely to misreport their financial positions and overpay their chief executives, according to research by Ron Masulis, a professor at the Australian School of Business. So, when considering candidates for that next board vacancy, perhaps the emphasis should be less on who you know and more about where they're based.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 October 2010 21:56
 
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