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Jul 18, 2011

Smart Company | Australia Business News: Turbo-charge your team’s performance, Another clean tech collapse, HIA warns on contractor crackdown, Aconex and Baillieu family in court fight

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Today Smart Company examines the collapse of yet another “green” business – this time an investment fund that was aimed at carbon reduction projects in Asia. We also look at the Housing Industry Association’s warning to SMEs on the Government’s contractor crackdown and examine a court battle between tech leader Aconex and Melbourne’s powerful Baillieu family. Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson takes a special look at the heated political fight for the hearts and minds of business lobby groups over the carbon tax.

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Top Story
Turbo-charge your team’s performance
Bosses can have a huge impact on staff motivation and boost company performance. Here’s some advice from a range of experts in the trenches. BY EMILY ROSS.
Team performance

Legal Update
Unfair dismissal guideline decisions
The significant increase in unfair dismissal cases signals that it may be time to allow Fair Work Australia the scope to issue guideline decisions. BY PETER VITALE.
Unfair dismissal

Aunty B
The ATO is chasing me - help!
Face facts... and don't be tempted by dodgy solutions that will only make things worse.
Aunty B

People problems
Eve Ash
One thing is certain: a positive attitude brings better results.
Eve Ash

Brand
Michel Hogan
To build a brand you need purpose, patience and passion, but above all you need joyful discipline.
Michel Hogan

Franchise tips and trends
Jason Gehrke
The entrepreneurial alliance in franchising creates a new term for franchisees: intrapreneur.
Jason Gehrke

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
Pressure is building on industry groups as both sides of politics jostle for carbon tax support.
James Thomson

Ping Newsletter: Netflix in talks for local tie-ups

Ping Newsletter

Netflix in talks for local tie-ups
US movie-streaming giant Netflix is holding talks with internet service providers with a view to setting up shop locally.
 
ANZ IT puts singular focus on catching up
ANZ Banking Group is years behind regional financial powerhouses Citibank and HSBC in the technology stakes.
 
'Long on plans, but short on details'
ANZ Bank's regional-focused six-year technology strategy lacks detail.
 
NBN retailer in administrator's sights
ONE of NBN Co's satellite retailers could become a target for recovery actions by administrators of the Bill Express group.
 
Westpac banks on consolidation
WHEN Westpac Group began its IT transformation journey, it was banking on a single, integrated core technology services platform.
 
3D TV prices are coming down
THREE-DIMENSIONAL television technology has drifted down from the top end of telly town to the mid-range.
 
Companies get smart on fixed price
AUSTRALIAN cloud computing customers are increasingly taking advantage of fixed pricing.
 
Amazon to upset the Apple tablet cart
Whispers have been suggesting that Amazon.com is working on a tablet that will compete with Apple's so far all-conquering iPad.
 
McMenemy at helm in TD
IT infrastructure provider Thomas Duryea Consulting has appointed cloud computing pioneer Nick McMenemy as NSW manager.
 
Prodcast tells you best time to buy
There it is: that sinking feeling when you see the gadget that you paid top dollar for a couple of months ago on sale.
 
IBM profit jumps, lifts outlook
IBM has posted better-than-expected second-quarter results and again lifted its full-year forecast, sending shares higher.
 
Cisco Systems to cut 6500 jobs
CISCO Systems disclosed plans today to cut about 6500 jobs, or about 9 per cent of its full-time workforce.
 
Online scams, ID fraud prompt review
THE growth in online scams and electronic fraud techniques have prompted Canberra to launch a review of national identity security strategy.

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The Australian Capita Circle: Climate fight club to stir debate

Capital Circle Newsletter

Climate fight club to stir debate
 
Christopher Monckton will inflame the climate debate with sceptics' science today as Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott continue their carbon campaigns.

Julia Gillard is in NSW, where she'll visit Centennial Coal at Mandalong, near Newcastle, about 10am. She has been interviewed by ABC local radio this morning.
Tony Abbott is in Victoria. He'll visit a South Geelong hardware store about 10.30am. He's done radio interviews this morning with the Ace Regional Radio Network and Coast FM Western Victoria.
Lordy: The National Press Club today hosts climate sceptic Christopher Monckton in a much anticipated debate with The Australia Institute's Richard Denniss. With 100 GetUp! activists in the audience, it promises to be a hoot. We hope Monckton's preparation isn't thrown by this letter from Britain's clerk of parliaments David Beamish, advising him to "cease and desist" from claiming he is a member of the House of Lords. Monckton told ABC radio's Adam Spencer recently that he was a member of the House but "but without the right to sit or vote". Beamish testily notes: "I must repeat my predecessor's statement that you are not and have never been a Member of the House of Lords."
Betting: Hot on the heels of last week's Simon Crean betting plunge, Betfair has declared Julia Gillard isn't finished yet. The agency's Matthew Thompson says a recent surge of money has seen Labor's odds of winning the next election firm from $4.50 to $2.90. The Coalition are at $1.42, out from $1.30. Julia Gillard is $1.61 favourite to lead Labor to the poll. Sportingbet last week has Crean's odds of a leadership comeback at $34, in from $101. He's attracted even more support in the days since, coming in to $10.
Launch: John Howard is in Canberra today for the launch of an autobiography of Air Marshal David Evans, at Old Parliament House at 9.50am.The media will likely be pushing for a doorstop from Australia's second longest serving PM, who has been increasingly vocal about contemporary politics.
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Peter Brent
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Shy girl and Mission Impossible
When back in opposition and in the early days of government, Julia Gillard may on occasion have allowed herself to imagine what it would be…

The Australian Business Briefing: News on watch for downgrade



Debt fears push Wall St lower
Wall St Brendan Conway US stocks fell to their lowest close this month on fresh jitters over EU sovereign debt and US debt-ceiling negotiations.
 
News on watch for downgrade
Rupert Murdoch Lauren Pollock S&P put its credit ratings on News Corp on watch for downgrade today because of the snowballing phone-hacking scandal.
 
CVC to refinance $3.6bn Nine debt
Nine logo James Chessell CVC Asia Pacific has begun the long and potentially difficult job of refinancing Nine Entertainment's $3.6bn debt
 
Macquarie to slash jobs
Macquarie Group Scott Murdoch MACQUARIE Group is expected to slash its workforce as the investment bank battles a slowdown in merger and acquisition activity.
 
China slowdown a global risk
Ross Garnaut Rowan Callick ROSS Garnaut has warned that if China slows its economic growth to 7 per cent, the world could be pushed back towards recession.
 
Santos puts its foot on the gas
santos puts foot Sarah-Jane Tasker SANTOS has made a $730 million move on Eastern Star Gas to emerge as the biggest owner of gasfields in NSW
 
China's Hanlong bids for Sundance
Sundance Resources, Mbalam iron ore project in Cameroon Sarah-Jane Tasker CHINA is broadening its mining forays beyond Australia with a $1.4bn move on Africa-focused junior Sundance Resources
 
Phone hacking hits News, Austar shares
BRITAIN-MEDIA-POLITICS-NEWS-WORLD James Chessell, Media THE fallout from the News of the World scandal was felt on local sharemarkets with News Corporation and pay-TV group Austar suffering falls.
 
Financial Markets
$US wins 'ugly dog' contest
US dollar Javier David THE so-called "ugly dog contest" keeps getting uglier.
 
Debt fears push Wall St lower
Copper dips on debt worries
 
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Mining & Energy
Copper dips on debt worries
Copper up on improved demand Tatyana Shumsky COPPER slipped today as growing uncertainty over debt problems in Europe and the US undermined investor confidence.
 
Oil slips on demand concerns
Gold at record above $US1600
 
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