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Treasurer Scott Morrison has banned the Chinese acquisition of the vast S. Kidman and Co property holdings in its current form on the basis of the land’s size and security issues. Flickr: Ladymaggic

Morrison blocks Chinese acquisition of historic Kidman cattle empire

Treasurer Scott Morrison has blocked Chinese attempts to purchase the vast Kidman empire - which amounts to 1.3% of Australia's total land area.
ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie has released modelling which shows that an increase to the GST will disproportionately affect those on lower incomes. AAP/Lukas Coch

GST hike regressive and should be a last option: ACOSS

The Australian Council of Social Service has released modelling on the regressive effects of increasing or broadening the GST.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has accepted almost all the recommendations from the Murray Inquiry into the financial system. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Government to act against businesses exploiting credit card charges

The Turnbull government will ban businesses from charging consumers excessive surcharges on their credit cards, and move to inject more competition into the superannuation industry.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has indicated that changes to superannuation are on the table. David Moir/AAP

Submissions want super tax concessions cut: Treasury

Submissions to the government's taxation white paper show support for reducing concessions for superannuation but with no clear agreement on how to do this.
Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens condemned the “inability to find political agreement” on infrastructure. AAP/Dan Peled

Another rate cut possible due to weak economy: Stevens

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens has left open the possibility of another rate cut, but warned against expecting monetary policy to do too much of the work in encouraging economic growth.
Large movements in relative prices will create winners and losers this year, the IMF has said. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

China economy to slow, hurting Australia: IMF

A new IMF report predicts a crackdown on cheap credit in China will help reduce China's real GDP growth rate from 7.4% last year to 6.8% this year and further weaken demand for Australian commodities.
Greens leader Christine Milne argues Australia is not doing enough to combat corporate tax avoidance. Lukas Coch/AAP

Experts caution Australia on unilateral ‘Google tax’

Treasurer Joe Hockey is considering a Google tax similar to that introduced in the UK, but experts warn it could derail global action on tax avoidance.
David Murray releases the Financial System Inquiry report. Britta Campion/AAP

Financial System Inquiry: expert reaction

Bank competition, increased capital levels and poorly designed taxes, such as capital gains tax and negative gearing, have…
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, right, is welcomed by Queensland’s Governor Paul de Jersey at Brisbane International Airport. Patrick Hamilton/AAP

Narrow G20 agenda must go ‘structural, social and green’

The G20 summit must “go structural, go social and go green”, says OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria. Speaking at Griffith…
Philip Kotler says the rise of social media is challenging the concept of brand loyalty. Gabriel Chmielewski/Mays Communications

Q&A: Philip Kotler on whether traditional marketing is dead

International marketing expert Philip Kotler is in Melbourne this week telling Australian companies how best to position…
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is revisiting well-trodden telecommunications competition issues. Gary Schafer/AAP

Turnbull leaves door open to break up NBN Co

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not ruled out a proposal by the expert panel reviewing the telecommunications…