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Jordan Murray

Jordan has written for Business News since June 2019 as a journalist covering tourism, technology and education, after having written for The CEO Magazine since 2018. Before that, he studied communications and media studies at The University of Western Australia, graduating with first-class honours in 2017.

InteliCare lists after $5.5m IPO

Leederville-based startup InteliCare had a positive start to trading on the ASX today, with its shares closing at 31.5 cents each, more than 50 per cent above their issue price.

State govt to spend $150m on social housing

The state government has announced it will bring forward $150 million in social housing investment as stimulus during post-pandemic economic recovery.

Lessons from pandemic recess

As students return for term two, some of the state’s private and independent schools are embracing new practices born out of the COVID-19 disruption.

Unis drive broader value message

WA’s university sector is concerned with the lack of federal support for international students, warning that choices made now could cause years of damage to the country’s economy and reputation.

Lateral INCITE Awards names finalists for 2019

The Lateral INCITE Awards has shortlisted 26 entrants for this year’s program, with Leederville-based startup InteliCare and IT consultancy firm Modis Australia among those advancing to the second round of judging.

Perth Airport, Qantas resolve dispute

Perth Airport has resolved its recent dispute with Qantas over unpaid fees during the COVID-19 pandemic, following weeks of acrimonious brinkmanship with the nation’s flag carrier.

US-based group acquires 20% stake in Schrole

Osborne Park-based edtech company Schrole Group has successfully raised $5 million through a share placement and convertible notes ossie, with US-based Faria Education Group set to acquire a 20 per ce

State govt to spend $14m on tourism recovery

The state government has announced millions of dollars in grants for Western Australia’s tourism businesses, ahead of a staged reopening of the state’s regions and businesses in the coming weeks.

Deep dive on tracing tech

Rise-X chief executive Rowan Fenn recognised the major role technology can play in suppressing the spread of COVID-19 early on in the pandemic.

Airport to Qantas: pay up or get out

Perth Airport has raised the stakes in its ongoing dispute with Qantas, giving the airline until Sunday to either begin negotiating an agreement on its outstanding fees or face expulsion from the airport.

Liquidity struggle for startups

People Diagnostix managing director Jason van Schie says his technology startup should be able to carry on as normal in a month's time, despite undergoing major financial stress in recent weeks.

Bain calls for $130m Perth CBD spend

Activate Perth chair and mayoral hopeful Di Bain has penned an open letter to the state government lobbying it to spend up to $130 million raised through Perth CBD’s parking levy as stimulus for the city’s commercial tenants.

Perth Airport, Qantas feud escalates

Perth Airport has hit back at Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce after he claimed the airport had refused to relieve the airline of rent and passenger fees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adarsh to manufacture 10,000 face shields for WA's doctors

Adarsh Australia has been awarded a government contract to produce up to 10,000 face shields for Western Australia’s surgeons and ENT specialists, boosting the state’s supply of critical protective medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Economic worries mount as COVID-19 cases down

Western Australians broadly approve of the state government’s efforts to suppress COVID-19 but are becoming concerned about their own economic security, according to new research into the community’s response to the pandemic.

School standoff as new term starts

Some in WA’s education sector remain at odds over how and when to reopen schools, as the state takes steps to relax its strict social distancing policies.

Government, AHA partner for hospitality recovery

The state government and Australian Hotels Association have partnered to roll out a mandatory COVID-19 hygiene training course, ahead of a possible reopening of Western Australia’s hospitality venues in coming months.

Miller, union want teacher PPE

Australian Medical Association of WA president Andrew Miller and the teachers’ union have called for personal protective equipment (PPE) to be provided for use in the classroom, in a message that runs counter to government advice.

Family Zone raises $10m, makes key appointment for US expansion

Family Zone Cyber Safety has made two major announcements this morning ahead of its planned US expansion, securing $10 million in funding and appointing a former Google executive to its board.

Major pandemic role for medtech

SPECIAL REPORT: As markets struggle under the pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic, the medtech industry has found itself with an unparalleled, if challenging, opportunity.

Research skills not matched by returns

SPECIAL REPORT: Despite WA’s history of innovative medical research, the state’s medtech sector continues to grapple with outsider perceptions and its own commercial direction.

Teachers union defiant on social distancing

The State School Teachers’ Union of WA is encouraging parents to keep students home where possible, highlighting increasing divisions over the state government’s plans to recommence face-to-face learning next week.

Private schools should offer fee relief: McGowan

Mark McGowan says parents are within their rights to ask for reduced school fees if their children aren't being taught in person, after numerous private and independent school bodies said in recent days that they would not resume face-to-face learning as normal in term two.

Committee rejects McKechnie, again

Mark McGowan has vowed to press on with the reappointment of John McKechnie to the state’s top anti-corruption body, after the committee overseeing the CCC again declined to provide support to the nomination.

Investors look beyond survival capital

Leaders from Perth’s investment community are urging startups to remain resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that ventures considered to be responding to the crisis will continue to receive funding.

Top marks for Curtin MBA

Curtin University has been named one of the top online MBA providers in the world by QS World University Rankings, the only Western Australian university to appear on the list.

Time, teamwork put WA on front foot in viral fight

Hard-border closures and a partial lockdown in WA are providing medical researchers with the opportunity to explore potentially life-saving COVID-19 treatments.

School fees mostly a private matter

As students transition to remote learning ahead of a new school term, private schools are grappling with whether to adjust tuition fees.

WA schools set for soft reopening in term two

The state government has said that classes will embark on a soft reopening in Term 2, as government and schools continue to debate whether teachers should have access to PPE.

7 school principles ahead of Term 2

The federal government has outlined seven principles for how public schools should respond to COVID-19, one day after Premier Mark McGowan reportedly began weighing whether to have classes return as normal in Term 2.

Harvey chides government over McKechnie nomination

Opposition leader Liza Harvey has attacked the government’s attempts to reappoint John McKechnie to the Corruption and Crime Commission, calling the urgency with which Premier Mark McGowan has characterised the nomination disingenuous.

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7 school principles ahead of Term 2

The federal government has outlined seven principles for how public schools should respond to COVID-19, one day after Premier Mark McGowan reportedly began weighing whether to have classes return as normal in Term 2.

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$2b pumped into crisis relief

Airport to Qantas: pay up or get out

Perth Airport has raised the stakes in its ongoing dispute with Qantas, giving the airline until Sunday to either begin negotiating an agreement on its outstanding fees or face expulsion from the airport.

Iron ore price tumbles as coronavirus spreads

The full impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak has begun to weigh on the Australian economy, with aviation, commodities and education absorbing the worst of the shock.

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Stark choices on arts funds, young ones’ skills

Arts funding was on the menu at a business breakfast co-sponsored by Business News and Screenwest this week, with panelist Ben Elton advocating development of a film studio in Perth to boost the sector.

Changes to WA’s minimum wage leave few satisfied

WA’s Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) this morning announced a 2.75 per cent increase to the state minimum wage, provoking criticisms from unions and business groups.

Hot prospects for Bunsters

One of Perth’s sauciest companies is seeking a $5 million valuation with a hand from the Perth Angels.

Morrison vows to pass tax cuts, fight regulation

Scott Morrison vowed to roll back regulation, pass tax reform and fight militant unions in his first major economic speech since the LNP’s surprise election victory this past month.