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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. 

New name for rural bank

SPECIALIST rural bank Rabobank plans further growth in Western Australia following the decision to trade under one brand name in future.

Appointments mark next phase in power reform

THE State Government has taken key steps toward implementing its electricity market reforms with the appointment of a steering committee and two international consulting firms.

Kent tackles governance rules

Warwick Kent is one of Perth’s most respected company directors.

Tough choice on payroll tax

THREE months after WA’s Commissioner of State Revenue announced a payroll tax amnesty in relation to ‘contractor’ payments, the issue is still causing disquiet in the business community.

Taking a common law view

THERE are at least eight common law tests that can be used by the courts to decide if a worker is a contractor or an employee, according to law firm Deacons.

New buy WA scheme planned

THE Western Australian Government is finalising a new buy local scheme in partnership with independent supermarkets and WA food producers. The scheme, to be branded Buy WA First, is scheduled to be launched in early May.

Project-driven benefits flow to industry

THE past few weeks have brought good news to about 20 steel fabricators around Perth. Engineering firm Monadelphous has been progressively sub-contracting $30 million worth of work for BHP Billiton’s Area C iron ore mine and port expansion projects.

Opportunities bloom in the desert

OVER the past two years, Western Australian companies have been awarded contracts worth more than $1.7 billion on big mining and resource processing projects.

‘Boomerang’ contracts bring work back home

BASSENDEAN firm Specialised Welding is one of many local firms to have worked on Woodside’s $1.6 billion Train Four project. However, its client was not Woodside. Instead it was the Japanese pump manufacturer Nikisso.

NAB leads on debtor finance

Our series on business lending this week turns its attention to cash flow lending, or debtor finance as it is also known. Mark Beyer reports.

ICAA maintains the rage

THE Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) has launched a ‘compo kit’ to help its members lodge claims for defective administration by the Australian Tax Office.

Warning on super promoters

THE Australian Tax Office has expressed concern about schemes designed to avoid tax by shifting business profits into superannuation.

Water Corporation chief starts push for change

The State Government announced its long awaited water strategy this week. Mark Beyer spoke to the new chairman of the Water Corporation, who will be a key driver of the strategy.

GST changes finance options

In the third of a six-part series on business lending, Mark Beyer looks at the equipment finance market. THE equipment finance market has witnessed substantial change over the past couple of years, led by the growing popularity of chattel mortgages.

Further changes looming for superannuation

BUSINESSES have been warned to start preparing for new payment and reporting rules for superannuation.

Governments push local barrow

A new scheme to maximise local content on major projects formally took effect on January 1. Mark Beyer takes a close look at how major Western Australian projects are performing.

State Labor moves put focus on local business

COMPANIES hoping to win big contracts from the Western Australian Government are now required to prepare Australian Industry Participation (AIP) plans.

AIP plans explained

THE centrepiece of the new local content incentive scheme, which formally commenced on January 1, is Australian Industry Participation (AIP) plans.

Woodside and BHP Billiton top the field

IF there was an award for companies achieving high local content on Western Australian projects, BHP Billiton would take line honours, while Woodside would be a contender for handicap winner.

Rail reality roils rhetoric

THE $437 million railcar contract for the planned Mandurah railway highlights the wide gap between rhetoric and reality that sometimes muddies the local content debate.

Burrup looks local

BURRUP Fertilisers has pledged its commitment to maximising local content on its $630 million ammonia project, amid rumours that the company has failed to prepare adequately for local participation.

Mortgage originators see growth in business loans

MORTGAGE originators are targeting business lending for future growth following their success in the housing loans market. From a standing start in the mid 1990s, mort-gage originators now arrange about 30 per cent of all housing loans.

Will Steven stay or will he go?

“RIGHTLY or wrongly, you have to congratulate the guy for having a vision and prosecuting it very competitively. Not many people can do that.”

New spin on oval deal

PERTH Glory chairman Nick Tana has agreed to personally guarantee a multi-million dollar loan by the Town of Vincent as a bargaining chip in negotiations over the $11.5 million redevelopment of Perth Oval.

Lenders nibble at big banks

FOR most businesses in WA, banking is conducted through the State’s big five – BankWest and the four national banks, ANZ, Commonwealth, National and Westpac.

A point of difference

AUSTRALIAN businesses are renowned for being unhappy with their banks but not doing much about it.

Argonaut Capital makes its mark

TWO new assignments this month have highlighted Argonaut Capital’s rapid emergence as a prominent player in the corporate finance market.

Tree farms grow from environmental roots

OPPORTUNITY through adversity could well be the catchcry of WA’s tree farming industry.

Age firmly on agenda

THE ageing of Australia’s population has been widely predicted. Less well understood is the commercial and social impact of this change.

China leads tourism prospects

THERE is one country that will stand apart from all others in the international tourism market over the coming decade.

Plethora of product choices

FIFTY-SEVEN financial institutions currently provide approximately 720 different debt finance products for small business, according to research group Cannex.

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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.