Mark Beyer

As editor, Mark oversees the day-to-day online news at Business News. His particular brief is following major deals, the professions and private/family businesses. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. 

After the amnesty comes a tax sweep of industries

THE Office of State Revenue has experienced a last minute rush by employers accepting its partial payroll tax amnesty.

Consolidation to help big boys

In the third of a four-part series on business tax planning, Mark Beyer looks at the new consolidation regime.

Service trust crack down coming soon

TAX Commissioner Michael Carmody has signalled a crackdown on the use of service trusts by professional firms such as accountants and lawyers.

Tree farming scheme gets backing

WAFARMERS has welcomed a new Western Australian Government scheme designed to promote tree farming. The Government has described the Infinitree program as the most complete commercial farm forestry package ever offered to farmers in Australia.

Top seafood species tipped

THE Western Australian Government needs to focus on a handful of high potential species if the aquaculture industry is to achieve its full potential, a new report has recommended.

Burswood hotel deal with IHG group finally finished

CONSTRUCTION of a 291-room Holiday Inn is scheduled to commence in August after Burswood finalised an agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group.

Risk sharing deals on big capital works jobs

The high risks associated with key infrastructure projects have prompted the Western Australian Government to adopt radical contracting arrangements. Mark Beyer reports.

Main Roads alliance

SIX consortia have lodged expressions of interest to build Main Roads’ next big project, the Roe Highway stage seven extension from South Street to the Kwinana Freeway.

Taxing matters made simpler

In the second of a four-part series on business tax planning, Mark Beyer looks at the Simplified Tax System.

Audit warning issued

LARGE proprietary companies have been advised to check whether they need to have their accounts audited.

Waste firm plans listing

THE growing prominence of the waste management industry has been highlighted by the stockmarket listing of Perth company Organic Resource Technologies.

Marketforce buyout

SENIOR managers at Perth’s largest advertising agency Marketforce are negotiating to acquire 100 per cent ownership of the business.

ANZ adds private equity arm

ANZ Banking Group has established a private equity service in Perth, providing an alternative source of capital for Western Australian businesses.

Startrack takes a new tack towards medicine

STARTRACK Communications is hoping that a move from satellite technology to medical technology will provide a better future for the company.

Mid-sized firms top the returns

MID-SIZED accounting firms with between three and nine partners have outpaced their larger rivals in the profitability stakes, a new industry survey has found.

Businesses railing against parking levy's expansion

The parking levy that has caused CBD businesses so much pain could soon be extended to the suburbs, however, the Western Australian Government is playing down these suggestions.

West Perth hit by FBT problem

THE dreaded fringe benefits tax has finally caught up with West Perth businesses providing parking bays to their staff. Employers caught by the tax now face an extra cost of about $700 per car bay.

Public-private market eyed

Private equity funds are targeting the potential upsurge in public-to-private transactions. Mark Beyer reports.

Quick tax wins still to be had

In the first of a four-part series on business tax planning, Mark Beyer passes on some end-of-financial-year tips. EVERY good accountant will explain that tax planning should commence at the start of the financial year.

ATO ruling on vouchers leaves some confusion

A TAX ruling designed to clarify the GST treatment of vouchers has left some uncertainty about the treatment of certain types of vouchers.

State tax moves under attack

WESTERN Australian Government plans to accelerate the collection of stamp duty have been vigorously criticised by business brokers, property agents and settlement agents.

MG Kailis plans for tuna farms

MG Kailis Group is slowly but surely laying the groundwork for the establishment of sea cage tuna farms off of the coast of Esperance.

Northam pig farmer jailed for GST fraud

A PIG farmer from Northam has fallen foul of the Australian Tax Office, copping a two-and-a-half-year jail term for GST fraud totalling $109,000.

Hendy goes to university

FORMER deputy premier Hendy Cowan has been appointed chairman of the Institute of Natural Resource Management at Notre Dame University.

Clough bucks trend

In the final part of a six part series on corporate superannuation, Mark Beyer looks at organisations that have resisted the outsourcing trend.

Australian firms are prompt on payment

AUSTRALIAN companies are among the fastest payers of sales invoices, an international survey has found. The average payment period by Australian firms was 36 days, according to accounting firm Grant Thornton’s International Business Owners Survey.

Political standoff threatens revenue changes

A POLITICAL stand-off over payroll tax changes threatens to derail the State Government’s planned business tax reforms.

Wespine spends $13 million on Dardanup plant

WESPINE Industries has completed a $13 million upgrade of its Dardanup sawmill, confirming its position as one of the State’s major pine processors.

Complex targets local firms

Australia’s biggest fabrication hall is the centrepiece of a $200 million infrastructure project south of Perth. Mark Beyer asks if this is an astute investment that will foster industrial growth or an extravagant use of taxpayers’ money?

Unions to have more say on Jervoise Bay

THE State Government has given the union movement a bigger role in developing local content policies for major projects.

Trusts require careful thought

MASTER trusts have been one of the fastest growing segments of the funds management industry over the past decade. For many employers they provide an easy and effective solution to all of their superannuation needs.



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.