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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
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.

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  • Anthony Macdonald
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


New road, rail spending slumps as Labor tells premiers to cut back

Just eight new projects valued at $6.6 billion were added in 2022-23, a sharp decline on the 24 projects valued at $25.3 billion added the year prior.

  • Ronald Mizen

This Month

Cura Day Hospitals has seen its fair share of ownership changes in its 15-year-long life.

Ding ding! Round two under way for $500 million-plus Cura auction

The $11.4 billion private hospital operator looks at plenty of deals and isn’t likely to get into a sword fight with overzealous private equity.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
Late to pay bills? We’re no worse than others, the country’s largest contractors say.

Big builders argue against new federal payment rules

The Australian Constructors Association says the industry is no worse than any other at paying its bills, but the author of a key 2017 report disagrees.

  • Michael Bleby
The Dubbo region has abundant solar power capacity.

NSW pumps $128m into community benefits for first green energy zone

Funds will flow early to projects in communities impacted by new transmission and renewable energy projects, in a bid to improve local support.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Origin CEO Frank Calabria at the AGM in Sydney on Wednesday.

‘No choice’: Origin deal faces mounting opposition

With Origin shares trading well above the offer price from the Brookfield consortium, it is in no one’s interest to support the deal, VanEck says.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Chris Bowen, Anthony Albanese and Ed Husic at an EV showroom. Labor is being urged to act sooner rather than later on introducing a road-user charge for EV drivers.

Make EV drivers pay or face cost-of-living backlash, Labor told

The federal government is reluctant to bring in a road-user charge for electric cars because it believes ownership rates of low-emission vehicles are still too low.

  • Jacob Greber and Gus McCubbing
Former VicTrack CEO Campbell Rose

Former VicTrack boss breached code of conduct: auditor-general

The former head of Victoria’s rail agency, Campbell Rose, suggested that a government joint venture should give him an equity stake.

  • Jenny Wiggins and Gus McCubbing
Skykraft CEO Dr Michael Frater.

Big money is back as space tech start-up raises $120m

Skykraft, which is building satellites to communicate with aircraft in flight anywhere in the world, has closed one of the year’s biggest investments.

  • Paul Smith
ACCC boss Gina Cass Gottlieb.

ACCC cites energy transition in approving Origin’s $18.7b takeover

A surge in Origin’s shares after its suitors won competition approval for their takeover offer has added further pressure for a bump-up in the offer price.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
ACCC chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb has taken on big Australian corporate players in her first 18 months in charge, but will not get in the way of Origin Energy’s mooted takeover.

Origin Energy’s $18.7b takeover now all about price

The ACCC approved Brookfield’s bid for Origin Energy on public benefit grounds. But Origin’s shareholders are more worried about price.

  • Anthony Macdonald
A parliamentary inquiry has recommended the controversial HumeLink project go ahead with overhead power lines, despite the opposition from community.

Transgrid overcooked cost of alternate HumeLink plan, residents claim

A residents group agitating for major poles and wires to be buried underground says the energy giant overstated the cost by more than 50 per cent.

  • Samantha Hutchinson
Don Russell.

How ‘nation building’ can deliver competitive super returns

AustralianSuper’s Don Russell cites infrastructure as an area where the $3.5 trillion sector has helped modernise Australia without compromising on returns.

  • Hannah Wootton
Is this Sydney’s most valuable building?

Sydney Opera House worth $15b, number crunchers at Deloitte say

But the assignment was not just about punching earnings into a discounted cash flow model. It is measuring concepts, not just money in the till.

  • Anthony Macdonald
Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas has defended the government’s controversial Suburban Rail Loop, saying politicians must have the resolve to follow through on election promises.

Pallas evokes Paris in defence of $200b rail project for Melbourne

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas has defended the controversial $200 billion Suburban Rail Loop, saying “we need this for the state and the future”.

  • Gus McCubbing
Australia shipped $92 billion of LNG last financial year.

‘Misguided’: Labor gas strategy ignores Asia’s rising demand

The starting point of the Albanese government’s discussion paper for a long-term gas strategy sends the wrong signal to investors, producers say.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Cura Day Hospitals has seen its fair share of ownership changes in its 15-year-long life.

PEP, QIC run health check at Cura Day Hospitals; indicative bids land

At least four parties lobbed non-binding indicative bids by last week’s deadline.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
UniSuper and HESTA were the only big super funds to have “a meaningful amount” of their total funds under management in sustainable options.

Green energy transition will need ‘mountain of regional relocation’

Worker shortages in regional areas risk delays and budget blowouts in the push to turbocharge green energy projects, according to analysis by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

  • Ronald Mizen