Fraser Beattie joined Business News in May 2014 and covers all of the latest mergers and acquisitions, contracts and deals, state politics and resources news online. Fraser graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2012 with a bachelor of communications degree, and majored in Journalism and broadcasting. He had a stint at a local radio station in Park City, Utah, in 2013, where he covered the latest trends in music in the US.
Freshly renamed Indian sandalwood producer Quintis has suffered another share price slide, prompting a query from the ASX, following short-seller Glaucus Research Group's scathing report into the Nedlands-based business yesterday.
Renewable-focused Carnegie Clean Energy has announced it is developing a $20 million, 10-megawatt solar power station in Northam, which it says will generate enough electricity to power 4,000 homes for 25 years.
A major shareholder in failed manganese company Mesa Minerals has lost its bid to have administrators replaced after the Supreme Court ruled there was no evidence of bias between Pitcher Partners and Mesa's largest stakeholder, Mineral Resources.
Western Australia's biggest gas retailer, Alinta Energy, has been bought by a Hong Kong jewellery and property conglomerate, with Premier-elect Mark McGowan saying the deal confirmed his opposition to privatisation.
ANALYSIS: Freshly recycled Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan has been fast tracked into Premier-elect Mark McGowan's new cabinet, even though she will not formally start her term in the Legislative Council until mid-May.
Gold and nickel miner Independence Group has expanded its presence in the Fraser Range after entering into an agreement to farm-in to Orion Gold's tenements in the area for an initial $2 million in cash and scrip.
The investment vehicle of Pakistani meat producer Tariq Butt has sold its remaining 9.5 per cent stake in Wellard to private company Heytesbury, at a premium to the listed agribusiness's recent trading price.
Marine services company MMA Offshore will sell its Dampier and Broome supply bases to Toll Group for about $53 million to pay off debt, as the company revealed a $323.7 million half-year loss on the back of a large impairment charge.
The competition watchdog has raised concerns over South32's proposed $US200 million acquisition of Peabody Energy Corporation's Metropolitan Colliery in NSW, on the grounds that it may lessen competition in the region.
Metals X spin-off Westgold Resources has entered into a toll processing agreement with Canadian company RNC Minerals that comes with an option to sell its South Kalgoorlie operations for $80 million in cash and shares.
WA Labor says it will spend $45.5 million to bring new services to Royal Perth Hospital if it wins the March state election, while the Liberals say they will use about $83 million from the partial sale of Western Power to build three new Tafe facilities.
There was a lot of money made on residential property sales around Australia in the June quarter, but the joy wasn't spread around evenly, with more than 10 per cent of all houses and about 20 per cent of all units sold in Western Australia during the quarter selling at a loss.
The state government has named a consortium led by Leighton Contractors as the preferred proponent for construction of the $500 million Roe 8 highway project, which is the first leg of the contentious Perth Freight Link.
Opponents of the state government's controversial Roe 8 highway extension project have taken their fight to the High Court following a recent decision that validated the project's environmental approval.