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Leigh Clifford: from 37 years at Rio Tinto, to 11 years chairing Qantas and range of other fascinating corporate roles

In the early 1970s, the young mining engineer Leigh Clifford spent 6 years working in Broken Hill, including a year under-ground when he was a member of a union affiliated with the modern day CFMEU. By the time the Qantas chairman controversially supported grounding the airline in 2011, he’d come full circle. Stephen Mayne sat down with him for this week's Chairman interview.

Data central: NextDC

Craig Scroggie is the CEO of NextDC, which is the very fast growing data centre business that was started by Bevan Slattery, the serial telecommunications entrepreneur. Alan Kohler gave Craig a call to find out more about the business.

A Shocker, Trump and Trump again, Wesfarmers Spits Out Coles, Ragdoll Kittens, Stephen Hawkins, and more…

This morning Alan Kohler delves into Labor's terrible plan to stop paying cash refunds of franking credits to low taxpayers, sends a dispatch from the trade war front, including a look at the way Trump is both increasing imports and trying to stop them, and also examines Wesfarmers defenestration of Coles – should we invest in it?

The Move to Electric

This week in The Investigation we talk with Greens transport spokesperson, Senator Janet Rice, about their new electric vehicles policy, and get some responses to it from Dan Cass at The Australia Institute and David Blackhall, CEO of the Australian Automotive Dealers Association. And David Thornton summarises these perspectives to see how soon Australian transport will be electric. 

The fight for 5G

This week in Talking Finance, Alan Kohler spoke to Andrew Probyn, Political Editor at the ABC for an update on the week's political news. There's also markets with Michael McCarthy, Chief Market Strategist at CMC Markets, economics with Riki Polygenis, Head of Australian Economics at NAB and an update on the fight for 5G with John Lord AM, Chairman of Huawei Technologies (Australia).

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    In this week's Funds Research, we ask our experts whether banks are a good investment in 2018. There's also the usual commentary overviews, this week on topics ranging from sustainable investing to Greece's economic recovery. Become a TCI Community Member Now Stay up to date and make better informed decisions. Get access to all this exclusive content and so much more every week! $1 for the first month $25/month membership …

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Question of the week

Q:Isn’t it the case that a company pays tax in the name of the shareholder for the profit which is then distributed to the shareholders as dividends. So the franking credit makes sure that people with incomes above the starting amount for taxes are not taxed twice. But the ones below the cutoff should get the franking back, because they do not pay any tax on their dividends = profits of their shareholding. There are other countries as well which refund the already paid tax when people’s income is not taxable.

A: I agree. Returns on debt comes out of pre-tax profit, and dividends are paid out of net profit and should not be taxable in the hands of those who receive them, otherwise they could pay the dividend out of pre-tax profit, and in that case it could be paid once in the hands of shareholders.