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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.

Mike Garrett, Delft Red Simulation Technology - Talking Business 2017, Ep34

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Mike Garrett founder of Adelaide air-conditioning software company Delft Red Simulation Technology talks about how his company is growing with strong international demand.

Mike Garrett founder of Adelaide air-conditioning software company Delft Red Simulation Technology talks about how his company is growing with strong international demand

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

- Warnings from the Bank of England that Brexit will hobble the UK economy
- American broadcaster CBS emerging as the likely winning bidder of the embattled Ten Network
- Chief Scientist Alan Finkel urging the government to get on with legislating his Clean Energy Target

Relevant links: http://delftred.com/

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
software, air-conditioning, decisions, government, economists, Brexit, CBS, Amazon, confidence

Tony Loxton, MD at Blix - Talking Business 2017 Ep33

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plus economist Stephen Koukoulas

Tony Loxton talks about his company Blix increasing insight and accountability for sales and marketing in the retail and automotive industries.

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· The impact of Hurricane Irma on the US economy and the May government passing legislation taking Brexit one step closer
· The battle between the Turnbull government and AGL
· Adani building a solar farm in Queensland.

https://www.getblix.com/

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iTunes Category: 
Entrepreneurship
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
traffic, retail, business, confidence, AGL, energy, Finkel, Macquarie, Adani, solar, banks, loans

Tony Falkenstein, Dir. Just Water International - Talking Business 2017, Ep.32

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plus economist Saul Eslake

Tony Falkenstein, chief executive of NZ-based listed company Just Water International talks about how his firm pioneered the NZ
water cooler industry, and has been leading the Australasian market ever since.

Interview with economist Saul Eslake

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· The Australian Energy Market Operator has warned that Australia faces more blackouts over the next 10 years with the retirement of older coal-fired power stations and renewables not plugging the shortfall.
· US media giant CBS moving closer to acquiring Network Ten

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iTunes Category: 
Entrepreneurship
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
water, cooler, markets, geopolitics, electricity, blackouts, AEMO, Ten, CBS, creditors, SurfStitch, RBA

Asher Rao, RMIT’s associate dean of mathematical sciences - Talking Business 2017, Ep31

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Asher Rao, RMIT’s associate dean of mathematical sciences analyses the CBA money laundering scandal.

Interview with economist AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:
· An analysis of the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey
· CBS acquiring Network Ten
· All the profit figures

Relevant links: http://www.apra.gov.au/MediaReleases/Pages/17_34.aspx

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
laundering, CBA, risk, profits, hurricane, economy, housing, confidence, CBS, Ten, APRA, Coles

Business Coach Margaret Johnson, Talking Business 2017, Ep. 30

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plus economist Nicholas Gruen

Business coach Margaret Johnson talks about how she works with companies.

Interview with economist Nicholas Gruen

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· After delivering a five-fold increase in full year underlying profit, BHP Billiton announcing it will quit its US shale business, following pressure from activist investors
· The Australian Bankers Association waring it will take South Australia and Western Australia to the High Court if they introduces a bank tax
· All the profit figures

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iTunes Category: 
Management
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
coaching, career, well-being, Treasury, confidence, BHP, shale, banks, NBN, ACCC, milk, profits

Lauren Magner, IBIS World Analyst - Talking Business 2017, Ep.29

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plus economist Sinclair Davidson

Lauren Magner, analyst at IBISWorld talks about the retail sector and Amazon’s impact

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· As CEOs of major corporations flee President Trump’s two business advisory councils to protest Mr Trump’s remarks on neo-Nazi violence in Virginia that left one dead and several injured, Trump disbands both groups.

· Commonwealth Bank chief executive officer Ian Narev falling on his sword in the wake of the CBA’s money laundering scandal

· The latest profit reports

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iTunes Category: 
Management
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
retail, Amazon, Shorten, economics, politics, Trump, Charlottesville, Narev, China, costs, income, solar

Ken Waller, Director of RMIT’s Australian APEC Study Centre - Talking Business 2017, Ep.28

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plus economist Stephen Koukoulas

Ken Waller director of RMIT’s Australian APEC Study Centre (AASC) talks about the AASC securing a $14 million three year contract with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· The iron ore price rising to its highest level in four months on the back of looming production curbs with Beijing ordering steel producers to reduce output this winter in an effort to curb chronic air pollution

· Looking at the CBA’s handling of the alleged money laundering offences.

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
DFAT, contract, APEC, confidence, business, surveys, China, steel, CBA, AUSTRAC, jobs, profits

Steve Arthur on co-working - Talking Business 2017, Ep27

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Steve Arthur, founder of Australia's first ever co-working space talks about Desk Space.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· Republican Party leaders have doubled down on their promise of tax reform even after the Senate's failure to pass even a scaled-down ObamaCare repeal bill
· The RBA keeping the cash rate on hold with a warning about the dollar and Amazon coming to Australia
· The start of the profit season

Relevant links: http://deskspace.com.au/

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
co-working, dollar, Amazon, RBA, interest, trusts, tax, costs, households, prices, airports, profits

Tim Kremer, Co-Founder of Avaza - Talking Business 2017, Ep. 26

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plus Economist Shane Oliver

Tim Kremer, co-founder of Avaza, talks about his all-in-one professional services automation tool that seamlessly combines time tracking, expense reporting, quoting and invoicing with project management

Interview with AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· The Treasurer Scott Morrison attacking Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s claim that inequality is at a 75 year high, describing it as a “lie”.

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iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
Avaza, invoices, expenses, dollar, interest, inequality, super, APRA, corruption, Rebel, retail, milk

Dominic Pellegrino and Prof. Kosmas Smyrnios - Talking Business 2017, Ep.25

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on the Index of Business

Dominic Pellegrino, Director of ValueMyBusiness, and Professor Kosmas Smyrnios from RMIT's School of Management talk about the collaboration of RMIT and Value My Business to launch a co-branded Index of Business Value Multiples.

Interview with RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· China’s GDP increasing more than expected and the US dollar and bond yields diving after the Republican healthcare bill in the Senate collapsed.

Media File: 
iTunes Category: 
Economics
Author: 
RMIT University
Keywords: 
business, valuation, banks, competition, healthcare, dollar, China, GDP, Spotless, Downer, RBA, rates