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One hundred days in, Ted Baillieu assesses the challenges ahead for Victoria [Interview]

In this extended podcast, Garry and Leon talk with Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu about the challenges facing his government – not least of which are the clean-up of the Victorian floods, the cut in GST funding from the Federal Government, and the delay to the regional rail project, issues he describes as “black holes” left by his predecessors. He also cites his pledge to the environment and creative measures to boost the state's sagging productivity.

Talking Business podcast: Environmental charity Greenfleet bigs up carbon offsetting

The Talking Business fellas, Leon and Garry, recently sat down with Greenfleet CEO Sara Gipton to discuss the not-for-profit charity’s efforts to offset carbon emissions by planting 7 million trees. And counting.

Talking Business podcast: RMIT economist Alberto Posso on reduced oil and coal trade

Economist Alberto Posso recently sat down with Talking Business’ Leon and Garry to chat about the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) release of trade figures and Australia’s new surplus.

How 40 million Easter Eggs will drive the economy this year [Interview]

In this podcast, Garry and Leon speak with AnnaMaria Lapetina, chief executive of Ernest Hillier Chocolates. Founded in Sydney in 1914, the chocolate maker now operates in Melbourne and has been locally owned throughout its history. Lapetina explains Hillier's preference for high-end ingredients to stand out from the competition and the company's plans to roll out 40 million Easter eggs this year.

How Deloitte’s online chief is embracing the tablet revolution

Leon and Garry speak with Frank Farrall, director of online business at Deloitte Consulting. Farrall discusses the use of the iPad and smartphones by business executives, as well as the need to focus on customers by connecting with them through their mobile and tablet devices.

Freelancer’s Matt Barrie defends online crowdsourcing

In this podcast, Leon and Garry talk to Matt Barrie, the CEO of Freelancer.com, a Sydney-based company and recent Anthill Cool Company Award winner. Freelancer bills itself as "the world's largest outsourcing marketplace" with over two million registered users. Barrie explains the keys behind the success of the website and the appeal of online outsourcing in a globalised economy.

Does Australia have a bipolar economy?

Talking Business is a podcast review of the Australian economy, presented by seasoned business journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker, produced in association with the RMIT College of Business. In this podcast, RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson talks about what’s been described as Australia’s “bipolar economy” with the mining sector booming but other sectors like retail and manufacturing struggling.

The Reserve Bank is spending millions on furniture. Why?

In the latest episode of Talking Business, Leon and Garry discuss the bucketloads of profit BHP Billiton recently announced – a 71.5% jump to over $1.1 billion, no less. And it seems it’s something of a trend, with Westfield, Wesfarmers, Bendigo and Adelaide Banks, and Dominos Pizzas also announcing significant profit growth.

Jarrod Ritchie of TPI Enterprises brings the healing power of Tasmania’s poppies to the...

This week’s guest is Jarrod Ritchie, founder and chief executive of Tasmania-based TPI Enterprises, one of the worlds largest independent producers of legal opiate drugs. Having previously worked for GlaxoSmithKline, he has developed his own extraction process using an environmentally friendly water-based system whereas competitors use an older method employing chemical solvents. Mr. Ritchie has also been involved with Israeli botanists in developing a new strain of a more productive opium poppy.

Wayne Swan’s banking reforms: a look at what’s on the agenda

In this podcast, Leon and Garry talk about Treasurer Wayne Swan’s raft of bank reforms while the Senate economics committee has hearings into the banking business, Australia’s super system is to be manipulated, new figures show that despite the mining boom, the real economy is struggling with vehicle sales down, personal credit shrinking, dwelling commencements falling, low business confidence and more businesses expected to call in corporate undertakers and consumer confidence edges up.

Good news on unemployment and mortgages: are you raising your glass?

In this podcast, RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson talks about the welcoming news from the latest unemployment and mortgage figures. He also looks at the interesting case of the reduction in domestic wine production, but believes that this signals a change for the better in the wine market.

A Blue Christmas for retailers, says Talking Business economist

Talking Business is a podcast review of the Australian economy, presented by seasoned business journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker, produced in association with the RMIT College of Business. In this podcast, RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson talks about retail and current account figures and explains why shopping figures are down for the Christmas season. He also gives his forecast on the resolution of Europe's economic mess following the bailout of Ireland.

Assistant Treasurer Shorten: “We are committed to banking competition”

In this interview, Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten reaffirms the Government’s vision for encouraging greater banking competition. He explains the plan for supporting a so-called ‘fifth pillar’ of non-bank lenders and addresses the role of superannuation funds in achieving a budget surplus.

Was the Melbourne Cup interest rate rise too much, too soon?

In this news podcast, Leon and Garry talk about interest rates being put on hold – for now. But evidence suggests that latest interest rate rise has put pressure on the construction industry and BIS Shrapnel says it was premature. Also, could a Wikileaks cyber war be hitting Australia? Press play and have a listen.

What makes online retail guru Ruslan Kogan tick?

In this week's interview, Ruslan Kogan, founder and chief executive of Kogan (formerly Kogan Technologies) and recent Anthill 30under30 winner, discusses his take on changes being wrought in retail by direct to public online traders. Word of mouth, service and good value are the keys to success, he says, and his company has just reported a 48 percent quarterly rise in revenue at a time when High Street retailers are feeling the pinch.

All clear for the NBN, new anti-siphoning laws and more

Leon and Garry talk about Telstra’s shares soaring with the Government getting the NBN legislation through parliament. What’s next, and how is the business model shaping up? Plus, a look at the new anti-siphoning laws and why they provide wins for both free-to-air TV and pay TV.

In many countries, women still earn less than men. How does Australia rank?

In this week’s Talking Business Analysis, RMIT economist Alberto Posso talks about wages growth and the differential between male and female wages. He observes a sizable gender gap still exists in Australia and looks at some reasons that explain this disparity.

Talking nuclear energy with Ziggy Switkowski, RMIT’s new Chancellor

This week’s Talking Business guest is the distinguished businessman and nuclear physicist, Dr. Ziggy Switkowski. He talks with Leon and Garry about his agenda as the incoming Chancellor of RMIT University, and explains why, in light of climate change, nuclear power is the most reliable energy source for Australia’s future.

Lost in all the merger news? Let the Talking Business guys sort it out...

Everywhere this week, companies have been taking advantage of a red-hot Australian dollar to engage in mergers and acquisitions. Leon and Garry talk about AMP and France's AXA SA bidding on AXA Asia Pacific, Brambles buying the Dutch IFCO Systems, OneSteel buying business from AngloAmerican, and more, plus all the latest news in this Talking Business podcast.

Is Joe Hockey on a winner with his plans to control the banks?

Commonwealth Bank raises its mortgage rate on top of the RBA’s interest rate hike. Meanwhile the inflation index for Australia is picking up. And Joe Hockey appears to be on a winner with his plans to control the banks: he and the Government are now in a game of one upmanship to bring the banks into line. Leon and Garry discuss all these headlines and more in this news podcast.

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