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The bids from two Chinese firms for the lease of NSW electricity network Ausgrid have been rejected by the Australian Treasurer. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Changing state-owned enterprises provide less cause for Chinese investment fears

The Chinese government is changing its role in state-owned enterprises and there's less cause for concern about the investment bids of these firms in Australia.
London’s trading strength has evolved from dockyard cranes to high finance. Rubén Moreno Montolíu/Flickr

Britain drops one deficit target and ends up facing a new threat

As the budget deficit fades from political view, anxiety shifts to the much wider current account deficit. It may signal UK dynamism, but neither financing nor closing it look easy after Brexit.
Barnaby Joyce of the Nationals and Senator Nick Xenophon and his team may have more influence post election. Alan Porritt/AAP

Business Briefing: are Hanson, NXT and the Nationals bad for business?

Business Briefing: Hanson, NXT and The Nationals, bad for business? The Conversation14.8 MB (download)
The newly elected Senate crossbenchers and a stronger Nationals representation could mean bad news for trade deals but good news for local industry.
Airlines have saved energy by changing flight routes and modifying wings for better fuel use. Plane image from www.shutterstock.com

Reducing energy use is a big winner for business and the climate

Companies could improve their profits 2-10% each year by saving energy, according to a world-first attempt to assess energy performance.
Participatory community mapping and community land protection can yield tangible results for poor and vulnerable populations. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Next steps to strengthen global land governance

Making land governance work in practice is easier said than done. The process of agreeing to international guidelines has been intensely political – as is their implementation.
The proposed changes to the Corporations Act might protect investors in crowd funding but it limits the types of businesses that can use these platforms. From www.shutterstock.com

Crowd-sourced funding: Australia needs to learn from Italy’s mistakes

The Italian government tried to limit the type of companies that could use crowd-sourced funding with poor results, Australia can learn from this.

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