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Talking Business is a weekly review of the Australian economy, featuring interviews with prominent business leaders and expert analysis from RMIT academics. The series is produced by experienced journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker.

Tim Buckley on the Adani mine - Talking Business 2017, ep20

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Tim Buckley, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis director of energy finance studies, Australasia explains why Adani’s mega-mine does not add up.

Tim Buckley, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis director of energy finance studies, Australasia explains why Adani’s mega-mine does not add up.

Interview with economist Saul Eslake.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
- The pound collapsing and the UK warned of a credit downgrade following the shock election result
- Network Ten struggling with its financing
- The deputy ATO commissioner Michael Cranston resigning after being formally charged in connection with a 130 million fraud

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
Adani, debt, mine, GDP, growth, income, pound, UK, election, Ten, ATO, fraud

Stuart Mills, CenturyLink - Talking Business 2017, Ep19

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Stuart Mills, regional sales director of Century Link talks of high speed internet, phone and TV services to homes as well as large and small businesses.

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· World Bank confirming global growth despite risks and the oil price falling in response to the Qatar rift
· Australia’s GDP figures coming out at 1.7 per cent, the lowest figures since the global financial crisis in 2009
· Adani board giving go-ahead for the Carmichael Mine but doubts remain

Relevant links: http://www.centurylink.com/

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
internet, home, business, strategy, economy, oil. Adani, RBA, milk, jobs, profits, penalties

Bill Aulet, MD at Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship - Talking Business 2017, Ep.18

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plus Economist Shane Oliver

Bill Aulet managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship discusses his take on global entrepreneurship

Interview with AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Bad signs for Australia’s first quarter growth figures
· British airways facing a massive compensation bill after thousands of passengers were left stranded by a global IT meltdown
· Adani’s mine is back on track after securing a royalties deal with the Queensland government

http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/

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iTunes Category: 
Entrepreneurship
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
entrepreneurship, GDP, economy, shares, compensation, Adani, confidence, property, tax, fraud, ACCC, NIB

Cath Group CEO, Nati Harpaz - Talking Business 2017, Ep.17

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plus economist Sinclair Davidson

Catch Group CEO Nati Harpaz talks about the Catch Group’s acquisition of Pumpkin Patch

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Australia’s big four banks giving their estimates of how much the government’s levy will cost them as the Labor Party indicates it will pass the bank levy legislation through the Senate

· Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings has lowered the ratings of 23 Australian financial institutions, citing the risk of a sharp downturn in property prices.

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iTunes Category: 
Management
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
acquisition, retail, Budget, banks, Medicare, levy, costs, Adani, mortgage, housing, debt, confidence

ABA CEO Anna Bligh, Talking Business 2017, Ep.16

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plus economist Saul Eslake

Australian Bankers Association chief executive Anna Bligh talks about the budget’s $6.2 billion bank tax

Interview with economist Saul Eslake

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Turmoil in the White House sending markets crashing
· TPG Capital and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan upping their offer for Fairfax
· Consumer confidence slumping post-Budget

http://www.bankers.asn.au/

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iTunes Category: 
*Art and Architecture*
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
Budget, banks, campaign, housing, affordability, Fairfax, China, Orica, confidence, ransomware, loans, Trump

Futurist, Anders Sormann-Nilsson - Talking Business 2017, Ep.15

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plus economist Stephen Koukoulas

Futurist Anders Sormann-Nilsson talks about trends ahead and what companies should watch out for

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· A rundown of what’s in the Turnbull government’s budget

· CBA and Westpac reporting profits

· Fairfax in talks with a private equity consortium, led by US private equity giant TPG, to buy a big chunk of the group’s empire for $2.2 billion

http://www.anderssorman-nilsson.com/

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iTunes Category: 
Marketing
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
trends, business, budget, infrastructure, tax, banks, NDIS, Medicare, Westpac, CBA, Fairfax, retail

Management Consultant, Grant Barker - Talking Business 2017, Ep. 14

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plus economist Nicholas Gruen

Management consultant Grant Barker, project manager from the consulting firm State of Matter, talks about trends and what organisations need to do keep up with them

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· The Turnbull government confirming it will build the Western Sydney Airport after Sydney Airport declared it would not take up the option to develop it.
· Chinese investment in Australia surging to its highest point since the 2008 global financial crisis, according to a new report from KPMG.

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iTunes Category: 
Management
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
management, change, companies, RBA, banks, China, Wesfarmers, Officeworks, Fairfax, manufacturing, interest, Downer

Ben Johnson, The Internet of Things - Talking Business 2017, Ep13

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Ben Johnson, national business manager of Empired, talks about how businesses can use the Internet of Things.

Ben Johnson, national business manager of Empired, talks about how businesses can use the Internet of Things

Interview with AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Global stocks hitting record highs reflecting investors' relief at centrist Emmanuel Macron's victory following the first round of the French presidential election and speculation of President Donald Trump bringing in tax cuts.
· The price of iron ore will be low to at least 2021, according to BMI Research

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
Internet, markets, France, tax, Trump, confidence, CPI, Spotless, Downer, milk, China, affordability

Adrian Hondros, CEO at Porter Davis - Talking Business 2017, Ep. 12

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plus economist Stephen Koukoulas

Adrian Hondros, chief executive of Porter Davis talks about the housing construction market

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Markets getting hammered by geopolitical concerns but China’s growth keeps expanding.

· The impact of the government’s decision to scrap 457 visas

· Gold mining company Newcrest confirming that its biggest mine is not likely to meet its full-year production guidance after it was hit by a “seismic event”

http://www.porterdavis.com.au/

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iTunes Category: 
Real Estate
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
construction, housing, loans, risks, superannuation, Tatts, Tabcorp, Newcrest, South32, coal, confidence, RBA

Meda Royall, Your Law Firm - Talking Business 2017, Ep11

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Meda Royall talks about her unusual business Your Law Firm, Australia’s first franchise law firm.

Interview with economist Saul Eslake.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

- Former spy boss David Irvine being put in charge of the Foreign Investment Review Board.
- Budget mobile operator Amaysim surprising investors by snapping up Click Energy for $120 million.
- Woolworths’ shareholders preparing to launch a class action against the retailer over a profit warning that saw Woolworths’ shares shedding 4 dollars and 66 cents or 13.7 per cent of their value in two days.

Relevant links:

http://yourlawfirm.com.au/

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
law, clients, housing, prices, tax, FIRB, Amaysim, Woolworths, litigation, business, confidence, Adani