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AGL chairman Michael Fraser (l) and CEO Adam Watson at the AGM in Sydney on Thursday.

APA suffers protest vote on pay as chairman warns on climate targets

Michael Fraser said energy policies need to be “realistic” to avoid losing public support for the transition as prices rise and the lights go out.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Mark Vaile

Activist target Whitehaven Coal suffers first strike

Close to 40 per cent of investors voted against the coal miner’s remuneration report as the battle with activist investor Bell Rock continues to rage.

  • 20 mins ago
  • Aaron Patrick and Peter Ker

Corbett makes surprise Woolworths AGM appearance, critiques chairman

The company’s former chief executive questioned why the board had ‘chosen to support the status quo’ at Endeavour, where it is the second-largest investor.

  • 38 mins ago
  • Carrie LaFrenz

Webcentral to divest assets for $165m; MacCap on ticket

Webcentral has struck a binding deal to sell a majority stake in some of its assets for circa $165 million.

  • 1 hr ago
  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport

Lithium hopeful Azure Minerals strikes $1.63b sale to Chile’s SQM

Azure’s board has accepted an offer of $3.50 per share, a staggering 54 per cent higher than SQM’s first approach.

  • 1 hr ago
  • Elouise Fowler

Fortescue makes slow start on push for fifth iron ore export record

Fortescue has refused to give up on a goal to set a fifth consecutive iron ore export record despite making a slow start to the new financial year.

  • Peter Ker

Opinion & Analysis

Inside Origin’s $18.7b game of M&A bluff

Origin Energy’s takeover is unlike any major deal we’ve seen in the past decade. The ball is firmly in Brookfield and EIG’s court.


Chanticleer columnist


Barristers on losing streak with constitutional change

A vote by members of the Victorian Bar to include clauses that promoted diversity and made a stand against discrimination and harassment has tanked.

Michael Pelly

Legal editor

Michael Pelly

Endeavour Group peace only comes with a scalp – the chairman’s

The hotels and pub group’s board will have the numbers at its AGM next week. But chairman Peter Hearl has two choices: claim a fleeting victory or read the room.


Chanticleer columnist


India’s outsource industry is shrinking

The top players in the sector contracted their payrolls by more than 21,000 in the three months to September.

Andy Mukherjee


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Fortescue Metals chief executive Dino Otranto.

Rio, BHP and Fortescue at electrification crossroads

Iron ore miners in the Pilbara are under pressure to slash emissions and preparing to fork out billions on emissions-free trucks and renewables.

  • Brad Thompson
Flooding in a West End street in February 2022.

Why are analysts so upbeat on IAG?

The insurer’s latest confession about old claims creeping up means it should have missed a key earnings target from last year.

  • Liam Walsh
Symbio provides software that helps people dial into online conferences using their phones.

Telcos battle for internet calling provider

Symbio is the latest business caught up in an acquisition spree as small telecoms companies go after the biggest fish in the pond.

  • Jenny Wiggins

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Origin Energy’s Frank Calabria has overseen the group’s return to more normal levels of profitability, fuelling calls for Brookfield and EIG Partners to pay more.

Inside Origin’s $18.7b game of M&A bluff

Origin Energy’s takeover is unlike any major deal we’ve seen in the past decade. The ball is firmly in Brookfield and EIG’s court.

  • 1 hr ago
  • Anthony Macdonald
Chemist Warehouse paid $364m in dividends in the last 12 months.

Chemist Warehouse founders share $365m dividend windfall

Rich Listers Jack Gance and Mario Verrocchi split a $264 million payout last financial year, and a further $101 million in October.

  • Joshua Peach
Angus Aitken says he is unsure about the strategy behind Dan Murphy’s high-end Martin Place store.

Angus Aitken visits high-end Dan Murphy’s and finds too much champagne

The high-profile stockbroker has told clients he does not know what the strategy is behind the Endeavour-owned liquor retailers pivot to high-priced bottles.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
Crown reported a $199 million loss in the 2023 financial year.

Crown’s multibillion-dollar expense bill wipes casino profits

The Blackstone-owned company improved revenue by 44 per cent, but it was not enough to offset the toll of penalties and sharpening compliance.

  • Zoe Samios
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand CEO Ainslie van Onselen.

Fines to quintuple for badly behaved accountants

Chartered Accountants ANZ members voted to increase the maximum fine for firms from $50,000 to $250,000 to rebuild the sector’s image.

  • Edmund Tadros
Big-six law firm King & Wood Mallesons was brought in by PwC Australia to help with the clean-up job.

Top legal partners want to ‘eat what they kill’, not share profits

High-performing partners want a greater share of profit for shouldering the burden of a flat legal market.

  • Maxim Shanahan
Pilbara Minerals chief executive Dale Henderson.

Pilbara Minerals shelves special dividend as lithium price dips

Lithium producer Pilbara Minerals reported a 42 per cent drop in revenue after dips in price and production last quarter.

  • Brad Thompson
Victorian barrister Lana Collaris.

Barristers on losing streak with constitutional change

A vote by members of the Victorian Bar to include clauses that promoted diversity and made a stand against discrimination and harassment has tanked.

  • Michael Pelly
Terry Smart, CEO of JB Hi-Fi, says in a tougher retail trading environment, strong retail execution is vital.

JB Hi-Fi first-quarter sales fall; Good Guys tumbles

The retailer is well positioned in a tougher trading environment, CEO Terry Smart told investors at the AGM .

  • Carrie LaFrenz and Simon Evans
Jewish members of the NSW Bar have banded together for support after the Hamas attack on Israel.

How Aussie Jewish barristers banded together after Hamas attacks

Working long hours, usually alone, it can be a lonely life. In the days after the bloody attack on Israel, a WhatsApp group helped Jews at the NSW Bar come together.

  • Ronald Mizen and Maxim Shanahan
Coles Group CEO Leah Weckert says shoppers are seeking out value.

Higher shelf prices underpin 3.6pc Coles first quarter sales increase

But the supermarket giant said that price growth persisted, even as it moderated in fresh foods, meat and in baked goods.

  • Carrie LaFrenz
Blessed with a sardonically witty style, Michael Lewis has the gift of being able to explain to the ordinary reader how the world actually works.

How Michael Lewis made a fortune writing about money

The author’s nose for a story has made him a figure as influential in finance as most of the people in his books – and probably as rich.

  • Jake Kerridge

Billionaires v BHP: who is right about lithium?

This week on The Fin podcast, Peter Ker and Elouise Fowler on why the Liontown deal collapsed and whether lithium could become the next iron ore for Australia.

Todd Sampson might be the first early departure at Qantas for some time.

Future Fund to vote against Qantas director Todd Sampson

The sovereign wealth fund, and other large investors in the airline, will not support the re-election of the advertising executive to the airline’s board.

  • Ayesha de Kretser and John Kehoe
NRMA Home Loans will be offered to its insurance customers, in the latest example of ‘white labelled’ banking products.

NRMA to offer home loans funded by Bendigo Bank

Like Qantas, the IAG-owned insurer will distribute mortgages to its customers via an origination platform created by fintech Tic:Toc, funded by Bendigo Bank.

  • James Eyers
Airport codes aim to ease confusion.

IFM snares $3b deal for European mega-airport

The Australian investment manager shrugs off Europe’s infrastructure blues, teaming up with France’s Vinci to win a Polish tender worth as much as $3 billion.

  • Hans van Leeuwen


AFP arrest one man in Melbourne’s Glen Iris.

‘Shiny shopfronts’ led police to bust $10b Chinese crime ring

Seven people have been arrested in connection to an alleged Chinese money laundering ring whose operators were said to lead lives of luxury.

  • Patrick Durkin
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia says federal environmental reforms will unfairly target the state.

Critical minerals projects ‘at risk from Labor environment plan’

Investment and jobs in Western Australia’s resources sector are at risk from the Albanese government’s environmental protection laws, industry warns.

  • Tom Rabe
Damstra executive chairman Johannes Risseeuw and CEO Christian Damstra each own about a 10 per cent stake in the company.

Plenty of interest in Damstra as overseas software firms circle

The company sells an enterprise protection platform that targets worker safety, risk management and compliance for clients such as New Hope and Glencore.

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  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport

Critical minerals billionaire says taxpayer loans not enough

Explorers want their share of the further $2 billion of taxpayers’ money pledged towards the critical minerals sector this week, while Chris Ellison says it’s not enough

  • Peter Ker and Brad Thompson