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Garrett last Gorgon bar; Qantas to jettison $1.5bn in costs; State tax in reform mix, says Henry; Write-downs cruel Iluka result as zircon sales fall; Major store deals 'real barrier to competition'

Car wash decision out of SAT hands

A RECENT State Administrative Tribunal decision that hinged on the definition of a retail shop could have major implications for business owners.

Competition’s good for business

WHEN entrepreneur Paul Slee started online grocery delivery service Ezyshop in 2005, there were no direct competitors in the market.

Sponsorship deal to clear the air

WESFARMERS Energy has recently signed a major two-year sponsorship agreement with the Asthma Foundation of WA.

Gull outlet puts you in charge

NATIONAL drive-through coffee franchise Muzz Buzz has partnered with Perth-based Gull Petroleum to launch the independent fuel retailer's first unmanned petrol station in Western Australia.

WA's biggest-ever resource deal signed

Western Australia has signed its biggest-ever resources deal overnight, a $50 billion agreement to export liquid natural gas to China.

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Twiggy's discount no help to China; French, Santos in gas play; Amcor to buy Alcan despite profit dip; NAB grows housing book; Curtin in bid for medical school

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Super boom forecast as Gorgon go-ahead looms; Miner good as gold after Varanus payout; Fortescue's $7bn shock deal; ASIC push to abolish commissions; Reform call after Storm collapse

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Woodside urged to pick up Pluto pace; Property sector takes a $51bn hit; Banks tighten credit to first-homebuyers; Amcor joins raising rush in $2.4bn Rio package deal; Commodities slump to hit Rio Tinto

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Doctors warn if more cuts to health services; Labor tips WA deficit blow-out; Telstra's rookie delivers on old script; China is still BHP's best customer; Shell chief breezes in to talk assets

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BHP warns idle capacity threatens price recovery; Rhodes, Cole names in Great Southern cattle writ; CBA chief warns of a further downturn, despite $4.7bn profit; Confidence hits two-year peak; China softens charges against Hu

Brokers vie for market share

MORTGAGE brokers have taken a battering over the past two years so perhaps it's not surprising that the big franchise groups in this sector have focused on service to retain support.

Thermomix ... welcome to barbecue country

GRACE and Witek Mazur were introduced to Thermomix during a holiday to their homeland, Poland, more than a decade ago.

Cool Clear growth ahead of plan

MALAGA-BASED Cool Clear Water Group has completed the first stage of its expansion plans to become Australia's largest provider of point-of-use filtration systems, after buying competitor H2Only Water Purification Systems.

Passion a part of the franchise puzzle

More people are seeking to enter the multi-billion-dollar franchising industry. But what makes a successful franchise?

Growth in mobile services

AFTER 20 years in the job, Rosal Mullins became disillusioned with her role as a nurse.

Code of conduct under review

MAJOR reform to the franchising sector could follow the release of a federal government inquiry into the industry's code of conduct.

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Business rebuffs coalition on climate; China mulls $1bn boost for Fortescue; Rising steel erodes China iron hope; JB Hi-Fi posts massive profit jump; Racing heir named in share trading investigation

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Pilbara ports look to more record trade; Coalition's emissions trading plan a 'mongrel'; New arena doubt on cost, timing; Split banks, Senate told; Acid test for China bid

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Deal on BankWest debt; Uranium play gets nod on stake sale; Super cash for credit unions; Home truths from IMF; Retail battle as belts tighten

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Business coughs up for ministerial access; Unions wage bitter turf war; BHP rail snub irks juniors; Schubert’s swansong from CBA; Jobs data pushes Australian dollar higher

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BHP diverts from Rio market deal; ANZ ready for battle of merger ambitions; Tax Office widens blitz on executives; CBA plays follow-the-leader on fees; Surprise export rise trims deficit

Tough times, more fraud

THERE have been 19 cases of corporate fraud costing almost $17 million in Western Australia since the start of 2008, with commercial business the most common victim and management the most successful perpetrator.

A costly loss of confidence

IT was two years ago this month that business media began reporting on events that were starting the shake the foundations of the world's financial markets.

Words just one way to deliver a message

A COMPLEX business model can be difficult to summarise verbally to new clients, especially when word-of-mouth is your only marketing tool.

Charities trim campaign spend

SIXTY per cent of Australian charities have reported falling revenues during the past six months with two thirds predicting a further loss of income during the next year.

PROFILE-Jenny Allen

Helping the less fortunate in society is a primary motivator for Jenny Allen.

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Perth office vacancies worst in 17 years; RBS deal furthers ANZ's Asia push; Bankers punt on renewed appetite for IPOs; Avoca chief warns rival for Dioro is unproven; Rates on hold, but not for long

After midnight it’s Harry who?

Northbridge hospitality operators are paying the price for the actions of a small group of troublemakers. Adam Orlando reports.

New IR era starts with an access dispute

THE state's peak business organisation is urging employers to get independent advice before signing documents from unions seeking negotiations over pay and conditions, following claims the CFMEU has been operating contrary to new industrial relations laws

Steel Blue not afraid to show its soft side

STARTED in 1995, Malaga-based Steel Blue targeted a niche gap in the local market to develop high-quality, comfortable safety boots.

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Govt seeks right to sack public servants

The state government will introduce involuntary severance as part of sweeping reforms recommended by the Economic Audit Committee to improve operational and financial performance within the public sector.

Premier digs in on super profits tax

Around a quarter of planned resource projects in Western Australia will be canned if the federal government pushes ahead with its 40 per cent super profit tax, Premier Colin Barnett says.

WA's fortunes to 'fade' - report

Australia will fall into recession this year with Western Australia's strong momentum expected to fade after 2010, a key economic forecast said.

Concerns mount on local infrastructure

One of the councils hardest hit by sub-prime related investment losses, the City of Melville, has blamed cost blowouts for its decision to stop work on an $8.1 million upgrade of the Leeming Recreation Centre.