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.
Three major developments in the gas, iron ore and power sectors this week have once again highlighted the ability of big projects to insulate the Western Australian economy from the global economic slowdown.
Retail trading hours and major project development emerged as the top business issues in the first week of the state election campaign, with Labor and the Liberal opposition both claiming they have a better track record.
Many Western Australians, myself included, consider Ralph Sarich a household name, so I was surprised last week to discover that many people in Perth have little or no awareness of how he built his $1 billion fortune.
New treatments for flea infestations in sheep and for whooping cough were the winners of competitions run in Perth last week by the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board and Curtin University respectively.
Osborne Park-based Structural Monitoring Systems plc has become the latest WA technology company to hit the wall, announcing today that it would be terminating the employment of all executives and staff.
Australia is among the world leaders in broadband penetration and regular claims to the contrary are bad for business, iiNet managing director Michael Malone told a WA Business News Success & Leadership breakfast last week.
German steel maker ThyssenKrupp has thrown its support behind Moly Mines Ltd's delayed $1.1 billion Spinifex Ridge project by signing a 10 year offtake agreement and agreeing to invest equity in the project.
While the world is full of brave people who try to predict the future, the fluctuating fortunes of Western Australian energy companies Alinta and The Griffin Group show how dangerous this practice can be.
It's often said that true character is revealed in times of adversity, and in the past 18 months Perth has witnessed two enormous boardroom battles that have shone a revealing light on some of the state's most prominent company directors.