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Nov 13, 2011

Smartcompany News & Analysis: Govt to cut spending in mini budget, Experts welcome Pacific trade deal, Restaurant closures outnumber openings, Groupon’s quiet billionaires

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Today on SmartCompany we look at what spending cuts could be in the Government’s proposed mini budget, which is set to be delivered in the next two weeks. As James Thomson says in Entrepreneur Watch, Labor says extra cuts are needed to meet its promise of getting the Budget back in surplus by 2012-13, but there are still questions as to whether it really needs to meet that pledge. We also look at why one of Australia’s biggest winemakers is angry at the supermarkets’ private-label push into their sector and ask whether the proposed Pacific free trade agreement could help SMEs.

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Rich Secrets
Behind Groupon’s quiet billionaires
Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell are the two entrepreneurs who have driven Groupon’s development, and become quiet billionaires in their own right. BY JAMES THOMSON.
Rich Secrets

Property
Stock on property market at close to peak levels
With recent property market conditions hampering sales across Australia, we investigate just how many months of housing supply is currently available. BY CAMERON KUSHER.
Property

Aunty B
How thoroughly should we prepare for things that might never happen?
The best entrepreneurs I know are paranoid nutcases. Yes, they hold their nerve and don't jump at shadows. On the other hand they don't muck around if they sense the risk profile is changing.
Aunty B

Retail trends
Kevin Moore

The future of manufacturing in Australia is fine, so long as we have the humility to learn from some of our larger and further advanced cousins.
Kevin Moore

Behavioural Economics
Bri Williams

There is only one you, so how about injecting that into your presentation, being inspired by the payoff that comes with risk and making your audience's day in the process?
Bri Williams

Retail advice
Brian Walker

To be a truly cross channel retailer we need to establish one simple underlying principle and that is that we truly do have a single view of our customer.
Brian Walker

Enterprise Leadership
Dennis Roberts

Entrepreneurship is largely about backing your own judgement. You will know intuitively when you decide upon the right course.
Dennis Roberts

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson

The Government’s surplus-or-bust promise will have forced it to make spending cuts that could be tough to explain.
James Thomson

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The Australain | Business Briefing: Gonski steers Future Fund search






Gonski steers Future Fund search
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Seven in firing line over exec pay
Andrew Burrell THE shareholder revolt against executive pay will intensify this week when Kerry Stokes fronts Seven West Media's annual meeting.
 
Monti tapped to cure Italy's woes
Stacy Meichtry ECONOMIST Mario Monti has been tapped to lead an interim Italian government to rescue the country from the European debt crisis.
 
Dollar higher on Italy hopes
THE Australian dollar is more than US1 cent higher as optimism grows the Italian government will avoid financial disaster.
 
Austrac to get tough on transfers
Susannah Moran AUSTRAC will not hesitate to crack down on companies and directors suspected of money laundering or financing terrorism.
 
Triguboff tips rate dive
Turi Condon BILLIONAIRE apartment builder Harry Triguboff believes interest rates will fall sharply and quickly.
 
Little guys can't thrive, warns De Lacy
Sarah-Jane Tasker THE great Australian story of a junior explorer transforming into a significant miner has been killed by increasing regulation.
 
Energy prices to keep rising
Sarah-Jane Tasker GAS and electricity prices will keep rising for a decade, with the debate on coal-seam gas putting more pressure on the price.
 
Financial Markets
Dollar higher on Italy hopes
THE Australian dollar is more than US1 cent higher as optimism grows the Italian government will avoid financial disaster.
 
Gonski steers Future Fund search
Triguboff tips rate dive
 
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