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Mark Beyer

Mark Beyer has responsibility for all content produced by Business News, including daily online news, the fortnightly magazine and the BNiQ database. As well as overseing the Editorial team, he has a particular interest in reporting on corporate finance, the professions and family business. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra. 

Fortescue agrees to shift railway

Fortescue Metals Group has agreed to revise the alignment of its Eliwana rail line, currently under construction in the Pilbara, to avoid damaging Aboriginal heritage sites. FMG’s decision is a win for Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation.

Karara unlikely to ever deliver returns: Gindalbie

Gindalbie Metals has estimated that shares in its part-owned Karara iron ore project have a negative value in excess of $3.5 billion, as it seeks to convince shareholders to accept a takeover offer.

$US200bn of LNG projects tipped

Energy sector analyst Wood Mackenzie has declared the liquefied natural gas (LNG) boom is back, with a prediction that more than $US200 billion will be invested in the sector over the next six years.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Matt Mckenzie discuss two major private WA companies – Andrew Forrest’s Harvest Road Group and mining contractor Byrnecut – plus the outlook for the Perth Basin and LNG projects, female directors, China’s Huawei, and our special report on construction companies.

Mt Gibson resumes shipments

Mount Gibson Iron is set to become Australia’s highest-grade exporter of direct-shipping hematite iron ore when its first shipment leaves from Koolan Island later today.

Fall in female directors

The proportion of women on the boards of ASX200 companies has fallen for the first time in four years, putting a dent in the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ 30 per cent gender diversity target.

Martin off the bench and in the game

Wayne Martin’s time as a judge has informed his new career as a mediator and arbitrator, and board member.

Corporate lawyers busy as M&A deals on the rise

A flurry of hostile takeover deals has provided a boost for corporate lawyers, with an expectation there are more on the way.

Taking stock as sector splutters

The ranking of Perth’s major law firms has changed substantially over the past two years.

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PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss house price fundamentals — positive or negative? Perth tech deals, hostile takeovers, election called, Lester art prize, and our special report on the legal sector.

New focus for health sector

The state government has outlined a major shift in the delivery of health services, with planning to get under way for a new maternity hospital and a greater focus on prevention, primary care, home care and telehealth.

Two bidders for rail projects

The state government has attracted just two bidders, both headed by Spanish-owned companies, for its signature Metronet rail projects, despite altering its contracting strategy to boost market interest.

Clough JV wins $5.1bn Snowy 2.0 contract

A joint venture between Perth-based Clough and Italy's Salini Impregilo has been awarded a $5.1 billion engineering, procurement and construction contract for the federal government’s Snowy 2.0 project.

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PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the AHG takeover, FMG’s Iron Bridge project, house prices and apartment sales, who is WA’s biggest manufacturer, tourism statistics and indigenous cultural precinct plans, P&N bank merger and our special report on agribusiness.

P&N boss to run merged bank

Perth-based P&N Bank has agreed to merge with its smaller east coast counterpart bcu, creating one of the largest customer-owned banks in Australia with $6 billion of assets.

Matador soars after placement, Canada deal

Shares in gold explorer Matador Mining closed nearly 40 per cent higher today after prominent industry figures Mark Clark and Nick Giorgetta backed a $5 million share placement.

Power resides where decisions are made

Recent policy disputes have shone a light on political and business influence in WA.

Election set to spark power shift

The looming federal election could mark a big shift in political power, not just in Canberra but also WA.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Matt Mckenzie discuss Scott Morrison and roads funding, Perth's wave park, the Hopman Cup and other tourist attractions we don't have in Perth, urban sprawl, Wesfarmers' surprise takeover target, growth in WA's resources sector, and our new supplement Great for the State.

State govt spikes wave park

The McGowan government has brought a sudden end to long-running plans for a $28 million wave park on the Swan River, ironically just one day after the Tourism Council WA complained that the wave park was one of 16 new tourist experiences being held up by government red tape.

Cyber security a key risk

SPECIAL REPORT: Low awareness of cyber security risks remains a key issue for the business sector.

Rapid tech changes create challenges

SPECIAL REPORT: Staying abreast of rapidly changing business technologies is a growing challenge for many SMEs.

Scramble for talent adds to remuneration pressure

To mark the launch of BDO’s 2019 remuneration report, Business News spoke to three leading executive search consultants in Perth about market trends

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PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Perth's cost of living, tourism marketing, Golden Group and Far East Consortium's apartment projects, election campaign, wages and unemployment, court battles, Woodside and Sapien Cyber, and our special report on ICT.

‘That’s what they are paid to say’: Shorten pans CCI

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has dismissed a critique of Labor’s wages policy, describing the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA as a trade union for employers and insisting wage increases were sensible.

Robayne emerges from administration

Private equity investors have bought the assets and business of Welshpool-based coatings distributor Robayne, two months after the company was placed into voluntary administration.

Woodside invests in cyber security startup

Woodside Petroleum has made a multi-million dollar investment in Edith Cowan University spin-out Sapien Cyber, which has become the third tech startup to attract financial backing from the gas producer over the past month.

Two workplace deaths: one acquittal, two fines

A rigger has been fined $4,000 plus $10,000 in court costs after two Irish workers on an East Perth construction site were crushed to death by a tilt-up panel weighing more than three tonnes.

Perth biotech secures $24m

A carefully managed five-year incubation process for new Perth company Respirion Pharmaceuticals has resulted in one of the largest funding deals for Western Australia’s biotech sector.

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PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss 40under40, EPA carbon shift, biotech, KPMG buys Ferrier Hodgson, Optus stadium, executive remuneration, and our special report on oil and gas.

Atos wins $124m Health contract

Global IT company Atos expects to triple the size of its Western Australian workforce after being awarded one of the state government’s largest ICT contracts.

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Shortlist to run Rio facilities

Sodexo has been shortlisted with two other companies to manage all of Rio Tinto’s camps and other facilities in the Pilbara, in the same week it has been awarded a contract to run Shell’s Prelude Floating LNG facility.

TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Cooper & Oxley on the brink

Cooper & Oxley Builders, which is one of the 10 largest construction companies in Perth, has suspended work on its projects while it reviews its financial viability.

JCY goes into liquidation

Major Perth architecture practice JCY has been placed into liquidation after being hit by the slowdown in work volumes, pricing pressures and losses on the Perth Children’s Hospital.

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TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Canberra is "really hopeless": Walsh

WA industry leaders Richard Goyder, Sam Walsh and Andrew Forrest lined up today to criticise deputy prime minister Julia Gillard and the federal government's tax and economic policies.

Woodside to spend $400m on Fifo camp

Woodside Petroleum is hoping to win state government backing for a new 700-bed fly-in, fly-out camp at Karratha, after selecting a consortium led by Multiplex and Compass Group to build, own and operate the facility.

Perth tech pioneer passes away

Conrad Crisafulli, who was one of the pioneers of venture capital investing and technology commercialisation in Western Australia, has died after a long illness.