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Consortium breaks milestone on 9,200km international fibre cable project

Consortium breaks milestone on 9,200km international fibre cable project

The consortium behind an ambitious construction of 9,200km worth of undersea fibre network between Perth and Singapore has today reached its first major milestone. Earlier this year, SubPartners, AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel and Telstra joined forces on the INDIGO project, a subsea cable network which has today celebrated the ...

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Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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Aged care providers tank in wake of royal commission announcement

Aged care providers tank in wake of royal commission announcement

After Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a royal commission into Australia's aged care system the preeminent providers of the service on the ASX saw their shares take a tumble. At 12.20pm AEST Aveo is down 4.28 per cent to $2.16, Estia is down 18.3 per cent to $2.41 per share, Japara is down 14 per cent to $1.44, and Regis Health...

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ANTG forms partnership to export Aussie cannabis to Germany

ANTG forms partnership to export Aussie cannabis to Germany

As the global cannabis market continues to expand at a serious pace, Aussie cannabis companies are reaching out globally to form a powerhouse export market. Australian Natural Therapeutics Group (ANTG)  has recently announced a partnership that will allow it to export its cannabis for German patients. In partnership with Cannamed...

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ASIC to take second bite of the pie in ANZ cartel scandal

ASIC to take second bite of the pie in ANZ cartel scandal

Back in June, ANZ, Citigroup, and Deutsche Bank got caught up in a widely publicised scandal relating to alleged criminal cartel charges. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission laid charges against the banks and several senior personnel from each of the financial institutions. Today, ASIC has once again gone after ANZ fo...

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Confidence in crisis: Overcoming collateral damage after strawberry needle disaster

Confidence in crisis: Overcoming collateral damage after strawberry needle disaster

The Scurr family and their company Piñata Farms have invested substantial sums to develop some of Australia's most advanced strawberry operations, including high-tech hydroponic substrate farming, new varieties and even metal detectors in the packhouse. But the latter was done to avoid stray rocks or jewellery, not needles like...

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Why emotions are the secret weapon for successful leadership

Why emotions are the secret weapon for successful leadership

In business there is a saying- 'it's more important to think with your head than your heart'.

But, as modern research shows, this statement couldn't be further from the truth.

Professor Neal Ashkanasy of The University of Queensland Business School has built an academic career in the field of organisational beha...

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The paradox of choice. Why made-to-order might not solve the fashion industry's problems

The paradox of choice. Why made-to-order might not solve the fashion industry's problems

How could you go from winning awards for "Store Design of The Year" and "Best Shoe Ever" to selling nothing? In 2009 the Australian startup Shoes of Prey set out to make exactly the shoes its customers wanted. Customers could pick the designs, sizes and exact specifications, and Shoes of Prey would deliver exactly what...

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Step down or face shareholder revolt, Solomon Lew urges Myer chairman

Step down or face shareholder revolt, Solomon Lew urges Myer chairman

Myer's (ASX: MYR) leading shareholder has demanded chairman Garry Hounsell "step down immediately" after the retailer reported a net loss in FY18 that is almost $130 million larger than its market capitalisation. Premier Investments Limited has been consistently railing against the Myer board's decisions over the past ye...

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Shock claims backfire on Alan Jones in largest defamation payout in Aussie history

Shock claims backfire on Alan Jones in largest defamation payout in Aussie history

Controversial radio star Alan Jones has failed to defend the defamatory claims he made surrounding the 2011 Grantham floods, resulting in Australia's largest ever defamation payout of $3.75 million in damages. The Sydney shock jock and broadcaster for 2GB and 4BC radio was found to have defamed the Wagner family over 27 broadcasts mad...

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Another "disappointing" result for Myer as profits slide

Another "disappointing" result for Myer as profits slide

"These results are obviously disappointing and shareholders deserve better," says Myer CEO John King. One of Australia's biggest retail brands has reported a 52 per cent plunge in profit for a financial year marked by shareholder indignation at a disappointing discount program that failed to deliver results. The bottom l...

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Top 25 Australian startups revealed

Top 25 Australian startups revealed

With a wealth of data at their fingertips, LinkedIn has released its list of "the most sought after startups in Australia", and it's certainly a prestigious list. To be eligible for for the list, compnaies must be seven years old or younger, have at least 50 employees, and be privately held and headquatered in Australia. ...

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AusCann lists on US stock exchange to boost international operations

AusCann lists on US stock exchange to boost international operations

One of Australia's leading listed cannabis companies has jumped across the Pacific to list on one of America's leading stock exchanges. AusCann Group (ASX: AC8) has commenced trading on the US OTCQX Market under the stock symbol ACNNF. The OTCQX is an investor-focused US market featuring US and global companies. To qualify for...

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Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre earns world first 'green' award

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre earns world first 'green' award

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is a leader in environmental and social sustainability in the Convention Centre space. The centre's credentials are so impressive that it has just been awarded EarthCheck's coveted Platinum Certificate along with the Adelaide Convention Centre the first Convention Centres in ...

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Slater and Gordon announces all-out attack on banks to get your super back

Slater and Gordon announces all-out attack on banks to get your super back

Slater and Gordon is launching a full-on assault on Australia's financial institutions in a campaign to secure more than one billion dollars in super from the banks. Their campaign is called Get Your Super Back and it is shaping up to be an intensive, lengthy, and expensive battle. "Slater and Gordon will take on the banks on...

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Saturated market? Opportunities abound, just ask former Swisse boss Radek Sali

Saturated market? Opportunities abound, just ask former Swisse boss Radek Sali

It has now been almost three years since vitamins company Swisse Wellness was sold for $1.67 billion to a Hong Kong company, giving entrepreneur Radek Sali a healthy supplement of around $250 million from the sale. It's enough money to make time the Australian businessman's most precious asset as he looks for new opportunities thr...

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Game over for Emanuel Exports subsidiary

Game over for Emanuel Exports subsidiary

Within weeks of Perth-based livestock shipper Emanuel Exports losing its licence following outrage over animal cruelty on the Awassi Express voyage, its subsidiary EMS Rural Exports has now been dealt a similar blow. In a release published yesterday, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) described EMS' cancella...

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Yellow Brick Road rejects takeover, talks up bidding war

Yellow Brick Road rejects takeover, talks up bidding war

Financial services group Yellow Brick Road (ASX:YBR) has urged shareholders to reject a $25.4 million takeover bid by corporate raider Sir Ron Brierley, while indicating that a potential bidding war could be on the horizon for the company. In a letter to shareholders, the Mark Bouris-led group argues that the offer from Mercantile Investm...

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Zelda secures partnership to crack the German medicinal cannabis market

Zelda secures partnership to crack the German medicinal cannabis market

With the medicinal cannabis movement expanding globally, Australian pharmaceutical group Zelda Therapeutics (ASX: ZLD) are riding the wave not just at home but abroad too. On Tuesday, the company announced a partnership with German medicinal cannabis company HAPA Medical that provides HAPA with first rights to distribute and manufacture Z...

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CannPal steps up testing of cannabis drug for pets

CannPal steps up testing of cannabis drug for pets

After successfully testing its cannabis-derived pain formulation on a group of Beagles and Foxhounds, CannPal Animal Therapeutics (ASX:CP1) has begun a new phase of its study into determining safe dosages for pets. CannPal declared the Phase 1A pharmacokinetic and safety study for the CPAT-01D formula a success after testing of 11 dogs sh...

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The Agency yet to turn a profit after doubling revenue

The Agency yet to turn a profit after doubling revenue

A solid pace of real estate agent recruitments and acquisitions has led to a near doubling of sales revenue for The Agency (ASX:AU1), but one-off set up costs continue to impact the tearaway group which posted a marginally higher bottom-line loss for FY18. The Agency, formed two years ago by a handful of McGrath's (ASX:MEA) top agents...

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Retail Food Group tops off horror year with $306m loss

Retail Food Group tops off horror year with $306m loss

Embattled franchise operator Retail Food Group (ASX:RFG) capped off a horror year by posting a $306.7 million bottom-line loss and revealing it remains at 'significant risk' of breaching debt covenants over the next 12 months.

The loss, the first time the Gold Coast-based company has plunged into the red in any financial year as ...

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Why your business needs to capitalise on Australia's fastest growing food movement

Why your business needs to capitalise on Australia's fastest growing food movement

It's the food movement that goes by many names. Whether you call it plant-based or cruelty-free, the vegan movement is more than just a quick trend; it's certainly here to stay. In the last year, over nine million Americans went vegan and Australia became the fastest growing vegan market in the world. But still, many food and ...

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TPG, Vodafone agree to form $15b telco powerhouse

TPG, Vodafone agree to form $15b telco powerhouse

TPG Telecom (ASX: TPG) and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) are set to join forces after agreeing to a merger that would create a fully integrated telecommunications operator with an enterprise value of $15 billion. In an announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange this morning, the companies said the proposed deal would create a &quo...

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ACCC slams Trivago alleging it misled consumers

ACCC slams Trivago alleging it misled consumers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken aim at online airfare and hotel aggregator Trivago for allegedly misleading consumers in its price comparisons and advertisements. The ACCC has started proceedings in the Federal Court claiming that from at least December 2013 the company ran TV advertisements presenting ...

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Bouris criticises "opportunistic" Yellow Brick Road takeover bid

Bouris criticises "opportunistic" Yellow Brick Road takeover bid

Mercantile OFM, a subsidiary of Mercantile Investment Company (ASX: MVT), has launched an off-market takeover bid for wealth management company Yellow Brick Road (ASX: YBR) at a cash price of $0.09 per share. The unsolicited offer represents a 3.2 per cent discount to YBR's most recent closing price of $0.093 and YBR executive chairma...

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Kogan.com doubles earnings for FY18 despite rocky year

Kogan.com doubles earnings for FY18 despite rocky year

Online retailer Kogan.com (ASX: KGN) has come out on top despite a tough12 months as its earnings surge for the third year in a row. The e-retail company has posted revenue of $412.3 million, up 42 per cent year-on-year reflecting growth across all product divisions and driven in part by a 45 per cent uplift in Kogan's number of activ...

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Catapult kicks partnership goals to grow revenue and reach

Catapult kicks partnership goals to grow revenue and reach

Sports technology developer Catapult Group International (ASX: CAT) has recorded a $17.3 million net loss after tax for FY18, as the group continues trying to keep down travel and labour costs as it rolls out new technologies and garners new high-profile domestic and international elite clients.  The company has posted a 26 per cent ...

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AusCann cannabinoid medicines one step closer to market

AusCann cannabinoid medicines one step closer to market

AusCann's (ASX: AC8) long awaited medical cannabis product is on its way to pharmacy shelves following the completion of an important medical trial. The listed cannabis company has now announced a successful pilot study of an optimal final dose form for its cannabinoid medicines. This clinical study has been ongoing for the last 1...

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Racy Honey Birdette ad banned, founder says "religious zealots" to blame

Racy Honey Birdette ad banned, founder says "religious zealots" to blame

Oh, honey! Head-turning lingerie brand Honey Birdette's latest campaign has been nipped in the bud following complaints one of its key images was "too sexual". Australian watchdog Ad Standards has banned an image from Honey Birdette shopfronts which shows a woman wearing an opaque white bra, through which her nipples are...

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