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Madeleine Stephens

Madeleine Stephens joined Business News in January 2019 as a part time journalist. She covers a wide range of general news for online and print and is also responsible for appointments and the diary section. Madeleine completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2018 majoring in journalism and geography and is undertaking her honours in food security in Papua New Guinea this year.

Home comforts in new dongas

Two Perth builders have come up with more liveable and homely accommodation for fly-in, fly-out workers after more than 200 were surveyed.

Online hub for homeseekers

Iain Shields is acutely aware of the challenges around social housing, having experienced them personally in the UK and then in a professional capacity in Australia.

Novice Nunan wins Lester Prize

Liam Nunan had never entered an art competition before winning the The Richard Lester Prize for Portraiture 2019 for a painting of his friend Jonny Hawkins on Friday night.

The Agency to manage Aspen’s $20m portfolio

The Agency has been appointed to manage Aspen Group’s recently acquired $20 million Perth rental portfolio.

Work-related deaths declining in WA

The incidence of worker fatalities across Australia has continued its trend decline over the past decade, with the number of deaths attributed to workplace incidents falling to 13 in WA and 144 nationally.

Perth Festival launch 2020 program

Artistic director Iain Grandage launched the 2020 Perth Festival program last night and announced the first week of the 24-day festival will be dedicated to First Nations performances.

Industry applauds payroll tax changes

Today's decision by the state government to increase the payroll tax exemption threshold has been welcomed by industry bodies.

Nanollose founder resigns

The founder of a company commercialising technology to make fabric from beer and wine has resigned from his role as chief scientific officer.

Fast growth likely for IT workforce in WA

WA is estimated to have the country’s fastest growing IT workforce over the next five years with annual growth of 3.2 per cent, according to a report commissioned by the Australian Computer Society.

Charity events raise $47m for medical research

Western Australia’s two biggest charity events, Telethon and the MACA Cancer 200 Ride for Research, raised a collective $47.4 million for medical research over the weekend.

Washer, Edwardes to leave cannabis board

AusCann Group Holdings chair Mal Washer and director Cheryl Edwardes have advised they will retire from the medical cannabis company's board, with major shareholder Merchant Group planning to nominate one new director.

NDIS providers embrace technology

With the rollout of the NDIS due to be completed by mid-2020, disability service providers are turning to IT solutions to improve efficiency and make the system more accessible to users.

Empowerment, confidence vital for success in business

Business News’s inaugural Food for Thought breakfast brought together some of WA’s best female business minds to discuss issues ranging from inequity to ongoing workplace challenges.

Creatives hit The Heights, now on with the show

An ABC serialised drama is providing consistent work for creatives in WA’s television industry.

WA backing for impact investing

A new alliance was launched in Perth this month to promote investment in organisations focused on environmental, social and cultural good while also creating financial returns.

Artrage chief aims for outreach

New Artrage chief executive Sharon Burgess reckons she has the best job in Perth, allowing her to combine her passion for the arts with her business experience.

Tech scene: Spreadsheet users win as problem solver excels

PERTH consultant Wyn Hopkins has a special claim to fame; he prompted Microsoft to update its highly popular Excel package to fix an issue that had been annoying users for years.

Volunteers offer Lifeline

Lifeline WA is on its way to meeting its ambitious goal to answer the equivalent of all the state’s crisis calls by June 2020, after doubling its volunteer workforce in the past three years to answer a record 32,000 calls last year.

Orange Sky wins corporate backing

A unique mobile service for homeless people will benefit from a recent injection of funding.

Black Swan, Perth Festival announce new board members

Two Western Australian arts organisations have made changes to their boards, with appointments including David Shirley, Rowena Albones, Ben Lisle and Rishelle Hume.

Film innovators launch whale tale

Prospero Productions will premiere its new immersive documentary Whale Super Highway, which tracks a mother and a baby whale down the coast of Western Australia, in a 35-seat dome at CinefestOz at the end of August.

ACCC finds franchisees are ill-prepared

Franchisors in the food services sector have commonly provided inadequate information to potential buyers, while nearly half of prospective franchisees do not get any independent professional advice before buying, a new report has found.

Duhe to chair West Australian Ballet

The West Australian Ballet has appointed Woodside Petroleum chief financial officer and executive vice-president Sherry Duhe as chair, following the retirement of Robert Edwardes.

Reward for effort despite looming franchise regs

The franchise sector is regularly under review, yet it has been a successful pathway for many small business owners.

Australian CFOs report decreased market optimism

Australia’s chief financial officers have become less optimistic about the Australian economy in the past year, citing concerns about global and local economic conditions, including the rising trade tensions between the US and China.

Two WA universities in Australian top 10

Curtin University and the University of Western Australia rank in the top ten universities in Australia, with Curtin jumping from 16th position to ninth in the past year, according to the Center for World University Rankings.

HBF sells Friendlies to Pharmacy 777

HBF has sold the Friendlies Pharmacy master franchise, under which 31 Western Australian pharmacies currently operate, to Pharmacy 777 and agreed to partner with the buyer to provide preventative health services to its members across the stores.

Phylogica shares stabilise after big rally

Perth biotech Phylogica today announced positive test results from its drug delivery technology, but the news was not enough to sustain a rally in the company's shares, which have risen 33 per cent over the past week.

Meridian Global giving inspiration

The donation that giving circle Meridian Global Foundation provided to mental health charity zero2hero five years ago shows the impact targeted giving can have.

Easing cancer patients' breath burden

Gary Lee has dedicated his professional life to making it easier for people to breathe, and on Friday night he was recognised for his work at the annual Cancer Council WA awards.

Perth embraces festival season

Fringe World and Perth Festival may offer audiences a different range of artistic experiences, but both achieved strong growth in ticket and box office sales this year, according to recent reports.

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Tsvetnenko refused bail

Tech millionaire Eugeni “Zhenya” Tsvetnenko was denied bail this morning at the Perth Magistrates Court after being arrested on fraud charges in the United States.

Rosendorff name saved by local jeweller

The receivers of Rosendorff struck a deal last night to sell the jewellery business to an unnamed local buyer already in the jewellery business.

Perth accountant banned for six years

The corporate regulator has banned a Perth accountant from providing financial services for six years after an investigation found he bought and sold shares for clients so companies could meet the minimum requirement to be listed on the stock exchange.

Rosendorff receivers liquidating assets

After 55 years of business, iconic Perth jeweller Rosendorff has been placed in receivership.

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Tourism Council calls for Airbnb regulation

Western Australia’s peak tourism body has called for greater restrictions on short-stay accommodation providers claiming residential properties on Airbnb do not increase visitation to the state.

Airbnb goes head-to-head with critics

More than a third of visitors to Western Australia who used Airbnb said they would never have had a holiday if it wasn’t for the online home-share platform, the company asserted today, as it fought back against criticism by Tourism Council WA and the Australian Hotels Association.

HBF wins naming rights to nib Stadium

Three major sporting facilities in Perth will bear the name of health insurer HBF after the organisation signed a deal for the naming rights to nib Stadium.

Langoulant to chair Infrastructure WA

Business groups have welcomed a bill introduced by the state government today to establish the advisory body Infrastructure WA.