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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.

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
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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

Scott Wilson, MD and CEO of iSelect - Talking Business 2017, Ep10

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Scott Wilson, MD and CEO of iSelect talks about Australia’s largest opinion website providing advice on areas from insurance to electricity and gas.

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· Regulators trying to rein in Australia’s property market now in overdrive
· Retail turnover has gone into reverse, retreating 0.1 per cent in February.
· Spotless is underwhelmed by Downer’s $1 billion-plus takeover offer

Relevant links:

http://www.iselect.com.au/

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
iSelect, insurance, budget, tax, property, APRA, ASIC, RBA, interest, banks, Spotless, Downer

MyBottleshop.com.au founder, Steven Rider - Talking Business 2017, Ep9

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MyBottleshop.com.au founder, Steven Rider talks about the online liquor trade

MyBottleshop.com.au founder, Steven Rider talks about the online liquor trade

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· Donald Trump signalling he wants to push ahead with tax reform and Britain triggering Article 50 for the EU exit talks.
· Looking at the Australian Energy Market Operator’s final report into the events of September 28, when a major storm triggered a series of events that led to South Australia’s blackout.
· The future of Myer? Is it in play?

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
alcohol, online, strategy, business, Trump, tax, Brexit, electricity, Myer, Oroton, cyclone, budget

David Moylan, MD of Vault Intelligence - Talking Business 2017, Ep8

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David Moylan, MD of Vault Intelligence which creates risk and safety management software to help make workplaces safer.

Interview with economist AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· The G20 bowing to Trump on free trade, the start of Brexit negotiations and the possible end of the bull market
· Warnings from regulators and the RBA about Australia’s highly leveraged housing market
· Downer’s opportunistic bid for Spotless

Relevant links:

https://www.vaultintel.com/

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
software, workplace, Fed, stocks, housing, risk, RBA, Brexit, Downer, Spotless, confidence, Adani

Michael Anderson and Lin Stevenson - Talking Business 2017, Ep7

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Michael Anderson and Lynn Stevenson talk about RMIT Sustainability Week.

Interview with economist Steven Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· The Fed raising interest rates and British Parliament approving Brexit divorce talks
· South Australia’s solutions for its energy woes.
· Australia’s gas crisis

Relevant links:

http://www1.rmit.edu.au/staff/sustainability/sustainabilityweek

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
sustainability, environment, WA, budget, economy, Fed, interest, Brexit, parliament, energy, SA, gas

David Thomas Roberts, Serial Entrepreneur - Talking Business 2017, Ep. 6

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plus economist Saul Eslake

Serial entrepreneur David Thomas Roberts, author and Renegade CapitalistTM, says this may be the greatest time in history to start a business

Interview with economist Saul Eslake

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China lowering its growth target to focus on risks of debt and overcapacity

· RBA keeping rates on hold again

· Consumer confidence plunging on the back of record low wages growth

Relevant links:

www.renegadecapitalist.com/copy-of-about-david-roberts

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iTunes Category: 
Entrepreneurship
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
entrepreneur, Trump, China, Brexit, RBA, interest, confidence, business, investment, Crown, Rinehart, cattle

Ajay Bhatia - Talking Business 2017, Ep5

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Chief Product officer and CIO at carsales.com Ltd Ajay Bhatia talks about the company expanding into Latin America

Chief Product officer and CIO at carsales.com Ltd Ajay Bhatia talks about the company expanding into Latin America
Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· Trump’s speech to Congress offers few details on tax reform, repealing Obamacare and infrastructure spending.
· Australia’s economy rebounds in December quarter, growing at 1.1 per cent with growth at 2.4 per cent.
· Rebel shareholder Jan Cameron emerges as the victor after a bloody battle for boardroom control of organic baby formula maker Bellamy's Australia

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
cars, economy, GDP, confidence, profits, wages, Bellamy’s, NAB, manufacturing, Trump, Congress, trade

Mrinal Singh and Mugunthan Siva - Talking Business 2016, Ep4

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plus economist Nicholas Gruen

Indian fund managers Mrinal Singh and Mugunthan Siva talk about investment opportunities for India and Australia

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· Economists worry that US president Donald Trump’s cavalier comments on the economy and statistics and apparent disdain for economists could mean trouble ahead.

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
investment, India, Australia, RBA, decisions, Trump, Greece, wages, Seven, debt, Amazon, retailers

Mike Sentonas of CrowdStrike - Talking Business 2017, Ep 3

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Mike Sentonas, vice president of technology strategy at CrowdStrike Asia Pacific.

Mike Sentonas, vice president of technology strategy at CrowdStrike Asia Pacific talks about security in the cloud, and what the continuing rise in malware-free attacks means for organisations.

Interview with economist Shane Oliver

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· Fears of a trade war between Asia and the US recede
· Wesfarmers is looking to sell Officeworks in either a share market float or trade sale
· All the profit reports

Relevant links:
https://www.crowdstrike.com/

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
Security, cloud, profits, market, confidence, business, Wesfarmers, Officeworks, Coles, Bankwest, property, loans