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Madeleine Stephens

Madeleine Stephens joined Business News in January 2019 as a part time journalist while completing her studies and started working full time in October 2019. She covers community, arts, hospitality and tourism for online and print and is also responsible for appointments and the diary sections. Madeleine completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in 2019 majoring in journalism and geography and received first class honours for her thesis on food security in Papua New Guinea.

Community services organisations campaign for more funding

Community services organisations have launched the #YourHelpWA campaign asking the state government for 20 per cent more funding to help vulnerable and at-risk people.

WA women take senior board roles

Five Western Australian women have been appointed to senior board positions, including Marion Fulker joining the Infrastructure Australia board and Samantha Tough chairing Horizon Power.

New target for public sector disability employment

The state government has set a target for employing people with disabilities in the public sector, aiming to reach 5 per cent representation by the end of 2025. Click here to read Business News’ Inclusive Workplaces special report about employing people with disabilities.

Push for better data to inform social policy

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia puts data and evidence at the heart of a strategy to tackle social disadvantage in Australia, but those on the frontline argue solutions should also come from the community.

Innovative RFDS looks beyond horizon

Providing medical assistance to astronauts in space isn’t any crazier than flying planes around Australia 90 years ago, Royal Flying Doctor Service WA chief executive Rebecca Tomkinson told a Business News Success and Leadership breakfast this morning.

Tool helps firms open up job opportunities

Workplaces can take an online survey to discover how they can make simple adjustments to hire more people with autism.

Getting to work on abilities

With Australia’s rate of disability employment stagnating, Business News spoke to businesses and people with disabilities to find out how to improve participation and be more inclusive.

Water Corp scraps private sector alliance

The state government has announced that a second major Water Corporation contract delivered by the private sector will be brought back in-house, despite contractor Suez claiming it had exceeded the government's performance targets.

Three law firms chalk up centuries

WA-owned and independent HHG Legal Group, Kott Gunning Lawyers and Slee Anderson & Pidgeon have all reached their 100-year anniversaries.

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.

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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.