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Businesses lower down in the supply chain are waiting months for payment, but Coles has moved to pay 1,000 suppliers within 14 days. Julian Smith/AAP

Late payments: the policy no-brainer for business

Putting a stop to powerful corporations exploiting their powerless suppliers would not only deliver small-business votes but would speed up the entire economy.
It seems even Macquarie’s own ex-bankers feel the sting of an ‘investment advice’ fees trail. Joel Carrett/AAP

Hidden fees and the lowdown on Macquarie’s latest way to make money

For those who might wish to check if they are being swatted unwittingly with undisclosed or barely disclosed fees on their investments, there appears to be one solid approach to take: ring up and ask.
It’s quite a feat to sell beer to a nation of drinkers like Australia and not record a taxable income. Bala Sivakumar/flickr

Multinational tax dodgers are the real leaners

Nowhere is the impotence of politicians and regulators more costly than in their failure to stand up to multinational corporations dodging tax.
Are the foxes in charge of the henhouse? MomentsForZen/flickr

Australia’s march towards corporatocracy

Confounding the familiar government narrative of reckless spending binges by Labor, the Coalition actually has the record of greater profligacy when it comes to showering billions of dollars of taxpayers…