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Tue, 17 May 2022 12:00:37 +1000
War on Terra: The nets are set to close in on key parts of crypto system
The convulsions and implosions in the crypto universe are galvanising regulators and legislators around the world.
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Tue, 17 May 2022 11:24:28 +1000
Market volatility kills $20 billion Brambles bid
Financial market volatility was blamed for private equity giant CVC walking away from a potential $20 billion bid for Brambles just 24 hours after the pallet supplier confirmed the two parties were in talks. 
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Tue, 17 May 2022 08:02:00 +1000
Trump’s unusual start-up deal opens door for Twitter return
The long-anticipated filing to US regulators reveals an unconventional licensing deal that is unlikely to quiet concern that the former president will return to Twitter if allowed to.
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Tue, 17 May 2022 05:52:24 +1000
‘Not out of the question’: Elon Musk hints at paying less for Twitter
Elon Musk stoked speculation that he could seek to renegotiate his takeover of Twitter as shares in the social media platform continue to tumble.
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Tue, 17 May 2022 05:20:05 +1000
ASX set for gains on back of mixed Wall Street session
Stocks edged higher on Wall Street, but trading remains choppy as the market comes off six straight weeks of declines.
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Tue, 17 May 2022 05:00:00 +1000
‘We’ve got a crisis. We need workers’: Big business urges election winner to boost migration
Business leaders want the next federal government to increase migration to ease labour shortages.
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Tue, 17 May 2022 05:00:00 +1000
Super v housing: it’s time young people had that debate
Politicians could really help the young by not forcing an increasing amount of their pay packets into super, while also addressing the underlying forces driving house prices ever higher.
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Tue, 17 May 2022 02:22:14 +1000
‘Aussie’ John Symond backs super-for-housing scheme
Instead of inflating prices, Symond argues the policy would encourage people to be more cautious about bidding up prices because they’re using their own savings.
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Tue, 17 May 2022 00:15:00 +1000
Goldman Sachs to give top staff unlimited holidays
Goldman Sachs will allow its senior bankers to take as many holidays as they want, amid a war for talent and complaints about a gruelling long-hours culture.
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Tue, 17 May 2022 00:05:00 +1000
Developers blame planners for limited housing supply, critics say they’re banking land
Developers say housing supply is constrained by lengthy state and local government planning processes, but some argue they’re ‘land banking’ supply.
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Tue, 17 May 2022 00:01:00 +1000
‘Our right to win’: Why this 100-year grain giant is bankrolling start-ups
GrainCorp’s strategy to invest in a dozen start-ups over the next three years is an investment in its future – and its culture.
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Mon, 16 May 2022 17:10:31 +1000
Brambles investor backs CVC approach but wants $20b on the table
Brambles investors are already warming to the prospect of a takeover, after the company’s shares soared as much as 13 per cent on Monday following confirmation that the pallet supplier has been in preliminary talks with private equity giant CVC. 
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Mon, 16 May 2022 16:45:12 +1000
The Wrap: ASX gains despite China’s economy going into retreat
The ASX 200 managed to finish higher, up 0.25 per cent to 7093 points, despite Australia’s mining giants taking a hit on bad news from China.
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Mon, 16 May 2022 15:45:43 +1000
Who knew CHEP pallets were sexy prey. Corporate vultures, of course
Corporate vultures’ nostrils are flaring as they size up Australia’s $17 billion pallet maker Brambles.
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Mon, 16 May 2022 15:10:00 +1000
$16 trillion and counting: Investors warned to brace for more pain
A mass exodus of money, an $16 trillion wipeout, and the worst losing streak for global stocks since the 2008 financial crisis. The bad news is that it may not be over yet.
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Mon, 16 May 2022 13:09:27 +1000
China’s economy cools sharply as lockdowns bite
China’s economic activity cooled sharply in April as widening COVID-19 lockdowns took a heavy toll on consumption, industrial production and employment.
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Mon, 16 May 2022 11:55:00 +1000
Elon Musk needs an exit from his ill-timed Twitter bid
You don’t have to look hard for the reason for Elon Musk’s decision to put his $US44 billion bid for Twitter “temporarily on hold.” A check on two share prices would do the trick.
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Mon, 16 May 2022 06:35:00 +1000
Elon Musk sows doubt over Twitter deal but still ‘holds all the cards’
Doubts have grown in recent days that Musk would be able to pull off his acquisition of Twitter, and that the entrepreneur may consider dropping his bidding price for the micro-blogging site.
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Mon, 16 May 2022 05:22:29 +1000
ASX set for bright start as Wall Street rallies
Wall Street closed out another volatile week of trading with a broad rally on Friday, though it wasn’t nearly enough to keep the market from its sixth straight weekly drop
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Mon, 16 May 2022 05:00:00 +1000
How a chemicals tycoon shaped Australia’s ‘gas-fired recovery’
Andrew Liveris is one of Australia’s most successful businessmen, an adviser to US presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama. So how did he come to shape the nation’s energy policy?
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