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The editorial is published weekly and represents the views of Business News. It is most often, but not exclusively, a comment on the news and faetures contained within that hard copy edition.

Business needs to stay the course

Several factors have combined to ensure WA businesses are in better shape than may have been expected, considering the speed and depth of the boom’s collapse. 

Creative flair key in 2016

Let’s not write off 2016 before it has started; there’s plenty of potential upside just over the horizon.

Building business downturn challenge

As residential construction comes off a massive peak, there is an opportunity for a subtle policy response.

CEO salary data offers hope in the trend

Does stable remuneration at the top of the field indicate the depth of our economic trough has been reached?

Rare dynasties worth cultivating

Families that retain multi-generational wealth have a role in any economy as valuable as emerging entrepreneurs.

Eclectic small bar scene brings benefits

Dialling back the ability for small bars to open will undermine the gains made by this very sensible law.

Healthy work focus tough in downturn

Many employers are retaining boom-time workplace health practices, but cost cutting does have its price.

Going up? High rise has lasting benefits

The apartment sector may be going through its own cyclical high, but developers are banking on a long-term growth story.

Let’s hope we’ve reached the bottom

Resources industry veterans know they are in a cyclical business, but when will things turn positive again?

Wealth is worth celebrating

Wealth creation is a critical element of any stable society.

Remove barriers, boost exports

If WA wants to continue reaping the rewards of its abundant bounty, it needs to stay ‘open for business’.

Next step crucial for LNG

Like a lot of WA’s mineral and land resources, the easy developments of LNG may be behind us; but that doesn’t mean we should simply live off the past.

How long will the RTO boom last?

The keen investor interest in tech stocks will hopefully be more than a passing trend.

Another political reboot

Malcolm Turnbull faces high expectations from a public fed up with political inertia and infighting.

Positive vibes from small end of town

Apart from size, small businesses currently have one thing in common – optimism.

Fashionistas create and innovate

The state’s fashion industry is in a good place as its penchant for a creative approach to business opens opportunities.

Start us up, we might never stop

There’s a feeling among those in WA’s startup community that their time may have finally arrived.

Big employers not whole story

We need successful big companies, but we also need to recognise they started as smaller ones.

Growing up needn’t be difficult

Providing for the infrastructure needs of a growing city is an often-daunting challenge for governments.

Gold shows its mettle during downturn

It is good to see local gold miners appear cautiously optimistic about their futures.

Numbers add up for health care change

Rising cost of medical services means productivity improvements must be rewarded.

No clean fight when words are dirty

In just a short time, fracking has gone from a little-known industry term to make its debut in the mainstream lexicon as a dirty word.

Equilibrium shifts to tenants

Will the age-old arm wrestle between renting and ownership result in too much pain as momentum changes?

Top performers in the TSR matrix

TSR is the most accurate measure of a business’s performance.

Innovators keep economy ticking

The 2015 Rising Stars shine a light on the bright future for business in WA.

Asset sales to plug infrastructure gap

The need for new infrastructure is there, but the state isn’t in a financial position to drive development.

Opportunities in rural towns

Businesses in country towns have to work that little bit harder to achieve commercial success.

Mining services face challenge

Diversification looks like the key, but there’s not room for everyone.

A slow ride to somewhere?

Vocational education and training is hard to manage within economic cycles.

Tourism opportunity to be grasped

The mining bust hasn’t left dust, there is a wealthy legacy to exploit.

Philanthropy, more than just generosity

When done well, highly organised giving transcends being big-spirited because it can shape outcomes.

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Next step crucial for LNG

Like a lot of WA’s mineral and land resources, the easy developments of LNG may be behind us; but that doesn’t mean we should simply live off the past.

How long will the RTO boom last?

The keen investor interest in tech stocks will hopefully be more than a passing trend.

Gold shows its mettle during downturn

It is good to see local gold miners appear cautiously optimistic about their futures.

Tourism opportunity to be grasped

The mining bust hasn’t left dust, there is a wealthy legacy to exploit.

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Tourism opportunity to be grasped

The mining bust hasn’t left dust, there is a wealthy legacy to exploit.

Start us up, we might never stop

There’s a feeling among those in WA’s startup community that their time may have finally arrived.

Positive vibes from small end of town

Apart from size, small businesses currently have one thing in common – optimism.

Another political reboot

Malcolm Turnbull faces high expectations from a public fed up with political inertia and infighting.