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SUPREME COURT ORDERS OCTAVIAR GROUP TO WIND UP

SUPREME COURT ORDERS OCTAVIAR GROUP TO WIND UP

THE Queensland Supreme Court has ordered the Octaviar Group of companies (formerly known as MFS Group) to be wound up immediately. The companies include Octaviar IHH Pty Ltd, Octaviar Investment Holdings (No 3) Pty Ltd, Erskine House Developments Pty Ltd, and Sunleisure Pty Ltd. The Supreme Court has appointed Andrew Fielding and Hele...

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CEOS BRAVE THE COLD TO RAISE $1.4 MILLION FOR THE HOMELESS

CEOS BRAVE THE COLD TO RAISE $1.4 MILLION FOR THE HOMELESS

MORE than 400 executives confronted the cold last night in the annual Vinnies CEO sleepout, which took place beneath the Story Bridge. Participants got a taste of what around 105,000 Australians living on the street experience every night, and in doing so raised around $1.4 million to aid the homeless. Among the 400 executives, manage...

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JENNIFER WESTACOTT ON BANK TAX: IT EXPOSES GOVERNMENT "DESPERATION"

JENNIFER WESTACOTT ON BANK TAX: IT EXPOSES GOVERNMENT "DESPERATION"

South Australia's new bank levy exposes the desperation of a government that is unable to get its own budget and spending under control. 

The confused rationales for the tax are risible, and the knee-jerk approach to whacking job-creating businesses with ever higher taxes demonstrates how bereft we are becoming of good leadership.

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BASKETBALL'S COMEBACK CONTINUES WITH NBL CLUBS TO FACE OFF AGAINST CHINA'S NATIONAL TEAM

BASKETBALL'S COMEBACK CONTINUES WITH NBL CLUBS TO FACE OFF AGAINST CHINA'S NATIONAL TEAM

THE RESURGENCE of Australia's National Basketball League (NBL) continues with China's national team to play two high profile games in Melbourne and the Gold Coast next month.

China will play NBL clubs Melbourne United and the Brisbane Bullets on July 16 and 18 respectively, as something of a preview to the start of the NBL 2017-18 sea...

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ADELAIDE APARTMENT BREAKS OFF-THE-PLAN RECORD WITH $3M SALE

ADELAIDE APARTMENT BREAKS OFF-THE-PLAN RECORD WITH $3M SALE

AN apartment in 'The Adelaidean' residential development in Adelaide has sold for more than $3 million, which is a record off-the-plan purchase in the South Australian capital.

The apartment, designed by Brown Falconer, is the amalgamation of two apartments on sub-penthouse level 34 in 'The Adelaidean' building on Frome Street...

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CABCHARGE GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO BUY YELLOW CABS IN QUEENSLAND FOR $20M

CABCHARGE GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO BUY YELLOW CABS IN QUEENSLAND FOR $20M

THE consumer watchdog will not oppose the proposed acquisition of Yellow Cabs in Queensland by taxi payment service Cabcharge (ASX: CAB).

Yellow Cabs currently maintains a market share of approximately 50 per cent. While Cabcharge does not currently operate any taxi networks in Queensland, it does provide non-cash payment services and equipme...

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SLEEPING ROUGH IN THE NAME OF CHARITY: 170 BRISBANE BUSINESS LEADERS TAKE PART IN THE CEO SLEEPOUT

SLEEPING ROUGH IN THE NAME OF CHARITY: 170 BRISBANE BUSINESS LEADERS TAKE PART IN THE CEO SLEEPOUT

OVER 170 Brisbane CEOs and business leaders will brave the cold tonight to fight homelessness in what will be the biggest CEO Sleepout yet.

The ninth annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout is set to break records, with leading members of the Brisbane business community sleeping under the Story Bridge to raise awareness for homelessness. So far $467,000 ...

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DOMESTIC TOURISM IN AUSTRALIA BREAKS RECORDS, INJECTS $61.7 BILLION INTO NATIONAL ECONOMY

DOMESTIC TOURISM IN AUSTRALIA BREAKS RECORDS, INJECTS $61.7 BILLION INTO NATIONAL ECONOMY

DOMESTIC Australian tourists have spent a record breaking $61.7 billion on intra and interstate travel this year, according to the latest National Visitor Survey (NVS).

Spending by Australians rose by $3.7 billion which is an increase of six per cent compared to the 2015-16 period.

The record level of domestic travel spending is in line wi...

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HOPGOODGANIM INVESTS IN EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE

HOPGOODGANIM INVESTS IN EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE

BRISBANE law firm HopgoodGanim has engaged Australia's largest governance advisory practice, Effective Governance, to complement the firm's traditional practice by providing clients with more than just legal advice.

HopgoodGanim clients will have access to an integrated suite of corporate governance solutions, from board and governanc...

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THE DOCTORS WHO PLUNGED INTO THE SHARK TANK AND SURVIVED WITH A $500,000 INVESTMENT

THE DOCTORS WHO PLUNGED INTO THE SHARK TANK AND SURVIVED WITH A $500,000 INVESTMENT

THEIR mission is to change the face of cancer care with an app that empowers and connects patients and care givers and a trio of doctors has landed a $500,000 investment for a 10 per cent stake in their new business.

Their aim is to take CancerAid and turn it into a global enterprise and they now have a chance to achieve that after secur...

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IMF BRACES FOR BIG LOSS FOLLOWING WITHDRAWAL FROM SPOTLESS CLASS ACTION

IMF BRACES FOR BIG LOSS FOLLOWING WITHDRAWAL FROM SPOTLESS CLASS ACTION

LITIGATION fund IMF Bentham (ASX: IMF) is set to lose as much as half a million dollars after it ceases funding one of the major shareholder class actions it has been backing since February.

Pending the court's approval, IMF announced it will withdraw its funding of William Roberts Lawyers' class action against Spotless Group (ASX: SP...

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WAGERING GIANTS TABCORP AND TATTS GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR $11B MERGER

WAGERING GIANTS TABCORP AND TATTS GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR $11B MERGER

THE Competition Tribunal has approved Tabcorp's (ASX: TAH) $11bn takeover bid for Tatts (ASX: TTS) on the condition that it must divest its Odyssey gaming business in Queensland.

The announcement was made this morning after weeks of hearings and was delivered by Federal Court judge John Middleton.

Tabcorp applied to the tribunal for ap...

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MEET THE GUYS BRINGING NATURALLY SUGAR-FREE SOFT DRINK TO A DOMINO'S NEAR YOU

MEET THE GUYS BRINGING NATURALLY SUGAR-FREE SOFT DRINK TO A DOMINO'S NEAR YOU

WHEN Troy Douglas and Drew Bilbe began their beverage company six years ago, with naturally sugar free products at its core, they probably didn't expect one of Australia's biggest fast food companies to come knocking at their door.

The guys who founded Nexba have partnered with Domino's (ASX: SMP), Australia's first publicly l...

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SHARK ANDREW BANKS ON WHY AUSTRALIAN STARTUPS NEED TO GET A BIT OF AMERICAN ATTITUDE

SHARK ANDREW BANKS ON WHY AUSTRALIAN STARTUPS NEED TO GET A BIT OF AMERICAN ATTITUDE

HE'S a former thespian who borrowed $5,000 on two credit cards to get his first business off the ground in Sydney's Woolloomooloo, and went on to establish two of the world's biggest recruitment companies employing thousands of people.

Now based in the exclusive suburb of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, Andrew Banks is well placed t...

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BUBS AUSTRALIA BOOSTS CHINESE PRESENCE, SHARES SURGE MORE THAN 13 PER CENT

BUBS AUSTRALIA BOOSTS CHINESE PRESENCE, SHARES SURGE MORE THAN 13 PER CENT

BUBS Australia Limited (ASX: BUB) has expanded its footprint in China after signing a strategic partnership with NetEase Kaola.com which will give it access to up to 15 million potential new customers

The infant formula and organic baby food producer will sell its range on Kaola's cross-border e-commerce platform and the announcement sent...

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SPOTLESS SHARES HOLD FIRM IN FACE OF ACCELERATED TAKEOVER BID BY DOWNER EDI

SPOTLESS SHARES HOLD FIRM IN FACE OF ACCELERATED TAKEOVER BID BY DOWNER EDI

ENGINEERING and maintenance firm Downer EDI (ASX: DOW) has waived all remaining outstanding defeating conditions to its takeover offer of facilities service provider Spotless Group (ASX: SPO).

The takeover offer of Spotless is now unconditional, despite not having reached the 50 per cent acceptance hurdle announced last week, and it also intr...

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CLASS ACTION TO BE LAUNCHED AGAINST MCMILLAN SHAKESPEARE OVER 'WORTHLESS' VEHICLE WARRANTIES

CLASS ACTION TO BE LAUNCHED AGAINST MCMILLAN SHAKESPEARE OVER 'WORTHLESS' VEHICLE WARRANTIES

AN $80 million class action will be launched against McMillan Shakespeare Group (ASX: MMS) over claims it issued "worthless" warranties to tens of thousands of customers who bought used cars and trucks from the company.

Global litigation funder Vannin Capital has engaged leading law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan to file t...

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RICHARDS LOOKING FOR SCALEUP POTENTIAL IN NEXT SHARK TANK CLASS

RICHARDS LOOKING FOR SCALEUP POTENTIAL IN NEXT SHARK TANK CLASS

DR GLEN Richards (pictured) is circling the waters for his next big investment as season three of Shark Tank goes to air.

Founder of pet care powerhouse, Greencross, and one of the show's five big-time business "sharks", Richards says he'll be looking for innovative products or services with the potential to take the gl...

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AFTERPAY CEO ON THE UPS AND DOWNS OF STARTING UP AND WHY YOU NEED TO 'RUN THROUGH WALLS'

AFTERPAY CEO ON THE UPS AND DOWNS OF STARTING UP AND WHY YOU NEED TO 'RUN THROUGH WALLS'

WHILE at University, Nick Molnar was the biggest seller of jewellery on eBay in Australia. No easy feat, considering the site is the most popular online shopping destination in the country, with jewellery being one of the biggest sellers.

Molnar, now 27, runs one of Australia's fastest growing businesses and was named one of Forbes' 3...

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WATPAC'S SHARES SENT SHARPLY DOWN AFTER NEGATIVE EARNINGS UPDATE

WATPAC'S SHARES SENT SHARPLY DOWN AFTER NEGATIVE EARNINGS UPDATE

BUILDER Watpac (ASX: WTP) has revealed an earnings downgrade which means it will only just break even this year, sending its share price down by 6.5 per cent.

The Queensland-based company says its full year guidance for 2017 will be lower than the underlying profit before tax result of $8.5 million reported in the previous financial year.

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CHINESE DEMAND DRIVES A2 MILK COMPANY REVENUE UP NEARLY $20 MILLION

CHINESE DEMAND DRIVES A2 MILK COMPANY REVENUE UP NEARLY $20 MILLION

THE a2 Milk Company (ASX: A2M) has upgraded its full year outlook on revenue to approximately $517 million for the 2017 financial year thanks to a steep increase in Chinese demand.

The increase in forecast revenue of almost $19 million is driven by high levels of Chinese demand for the popular a2 Platinum infant formula.

To meet demand a2 ...

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DOWNER RAMPS UP HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF SPOTLESS, TAKING A 30 PER CENT STAKE IN ITS TARGET

DOWNER RAMPS UP HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF SPOTLESS, TAKING A 30 PER CENT STAKE IN ITS TARGET

ENGINEERING and maintenance firm Downer EDI (ASX: DOW) has lifted its interest in takeover target Spotless Group (ASX: SPO) to nearly 30 per cent as Spotless tells its shareholders yet again to reject Downer's offer.

Downer ramped up its hostile takeover bid on Thursday and says it now has an interest of around 29.6 per cent in facilities...

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SLATER AND GORDON TAKES AIM AT QUINDELL AS SECOND CLASS ACTION LOOMS

SLATER AND GORDON TAKES AIM AT QUINDELL AS SECOND CLASS ACTION LOOMS

SLATER and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has filed a lawsuit against UK-based Watchstone Group concerning the ill-fated sale of its subsidiary Quindell in 2015, a transaction which ended up wiping more than $1 billion from SGH's total market value.

The Melbourne-based firm is suing Watchstone in the High Court of England and Wales, alleging that the ...

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CHINESE INVESTORS SNAP UP BRIGHTON HOTEL FOR $15.8 MILLION

CHINESE INVESTORS SNAP UP BRIGHTON HOTEL FOR $15.8 MILLION

BRIGHTON'S Marine Hotel has sold for $15.8 million, following a heated sales campaign proving that Chinese appetite within Melbourne's real estate hotspots is still strong.

The Marine Hotel, located in the bayside suburb of Brighton, sold to a mainland Chinese investor and boasts 20 years of additional options remaining on the current...

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SHARK TANK'S NAOMI SIMSON REVEALS THE FIRST QUESTION SHE ASKS OF STARTUP ENTREPRENEURS

SHARK TANK'S NAOMI SIMSON REVEALS THE FIRST QUESTION SHE ASKS OF STARTUP ENTREPRENEURS

SHE'S a keen investor and supporter of the startup community in Australia and RedBalloon founder Naomi Simson remains passionate, and very direct, when it comes to identifying business talent and providing advice.

Is it the business idea itself that gives someone the impetus for success, or is it a tech innovation or disruptive conce...

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BELLAMY'S TRANSFORMATION BEGINS WITH FIRST ROUND OF CAPITAL RAISING

BELLAMY'S TRANSFORMATION BEGINS WITH FIRST ROUND OF CAPITAL RAISING

INFANT milk formula supplier Bellamy's (ASX: BAL) has generated $14.3 million from the institutional component of its capital raising, as it begins a major overhaul of its operations.

Bellamy's says there has been a 96 per cent take-up rate for the initial stage of the 5-for-38 entitlement offer which closed yesterday, with the retail...

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BILLIONAIRES LACHLAN MURDOCH AND BRUCE GORDON JOIN FORCES AS FUTURE OF TEN REMAINS IN DOUBT

BILLIONAIRES LACHLAN MURDOCH AND BRUCE GORDON JOIN FORCES AS FUTURE OF TEN REMAINS IN DOUBT

BILLIONAIRES Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon have joined forces and merged their holdings in the Ten Network (ASX: TEN) in a move that could rescue the struggling broadcaster and place it under their control.

Bruce Gordon's investment vehicle Birketu, which holds 15 per cent of shares, announced it would merge its holdings with Lachlan M...

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ARDENT FACING BOARD SHAKE DOWN AS ACTIVIST INVESTORS MAKE THEIR MOVE

ARDENT FACING BOARD SHAKE DOWN AS ACTIVIST INVESTORS MAKE THEIR MOVE

ARIADNE Australia, the largest securityholder of Ardent Leisure Group (ASX: AAD), has called for the removal of Ardent directors.

Ariadne announced this afternoon that they have given notice to Ardent of their intention to call and arrange an extraordinary general meeting of Ardent Leisure shareholders to move resolutions removing current dir...

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NETWORK TEN GOES INTO ADMINISTRATION AFTER BILLIONAIRES BAIL ON FUNDING LOAN

NETWORK TEN GOES INTO ADMINISTRATION AFTER BILLIONAIRES BAIL ON FUNDING LOAN

BREAKING: Network Ten has announced it will go into voluntary administration after failing to secure a key loan from its three billionaire investors Lachlan Murdoch, James Packer and Bruce Gordon. Shares in Ten Network Holdings (ASX: TEN) were placed in a trading halt on Tuesday for up to 48 hours after the company confirmed it had receiv...

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CAR RENTAL COMPARISON COMPANY DOES DEAL WITH TIGERAIR AUSTRALIA

CAR RENTAL COMPARISON COMPANY DOES DEAL WITH TIGERAIR AUSTRALIA

VROOMVROOVROOM has linked up with Tigerair Australia to provide deals for its customers at the airline's 13 main airport destinations around the country.

The deal between the online car rental comparison company and the low-cost carrier will allow customers to book their airfare and car rental together on the Tigerair Australia website in...

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