As Senior Editor at Business News, Mark Beyer has a wide-ranging brief to research, analyse and report on the issues, trends and personalities affecting the business community in Western Australia. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. He joined Business News in 2002 and previously 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.
A parliamentary committee has recommended WA establish a gas market monitor to improve the operation of the market, after finding wholesale gas prices in WA are now at levels double that of the eastern states.
STAN Perron still goes to his East Perth office three days a week and supports numerous charities, while Harold Clough says he is working as hard as he has ever done, including in a mining venture in Indonesia.
ACTIVITY levels in the Western Australian property market have slumped to 10-year lows and are projected to reach 20-year lows, new data from the state government’s land information agency Landgate show.
Western Australia has recorded a fall in its unemployment rate, putting it well ahead of all other states, but otherwise the labour force data out today signalled the national economy is losing momentum.