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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. 

Asic challenges Forrest's Poseidon deal

The corporate regulator has objected to an underwriting deal under which Andrew Forrest’s Squadron Resources could end up with as much as 61 per cent of Poseidon Nickel.

RAC launches $3m seed fund

Startup businesses in Perth have access to a new source of funding after the Royal Automobile Club of WA launched a $3 million investment fund last night, while also disclosing it is a substantial shareholder in fast growing blockchain business Power Ledger.

Volt Power loses biggest client

ASX-listed Volt Power Group has suffered a major setback after BHP suspended its long-runing service relationship with wholly-owned subsidiary Wescone Distribution, less than a year after Volt bought Wescone.

Transport, agriculture lead death count

With higher fines, longer prison sentences and possibly industrial manslaughter laws coming to WA, Business News has analysed trends in workplace fatalities.

Judge surprised by Wilson's lack of knowledge

The Supreme Court has dismissed a defamation claim brought by former Quintis managing director Frank Wilson, after the trial judge said he was surprised by Mr Wilson's asserted lack of knowledge of the sandalwood producer’s contracts.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss the opening of WA’s 7th lithium mine, Perth house prices, a cyber security business backed by John Poynton and ECU, Tourism WA, skills shortages, WA Ballet's Dracula, two notable arts appointments and our special report on fashion – with Jessica Gomes, and WA designers discuss the export market.

Sapien Cyber takes global view

While many people talk about universities and business working together, the John Poynton chaired Sapien Cyber is doing it.

PKF, Hall Chadwick reposition in WA

SPECIAL REPORT: Accounting firms in WA, from mid-tier players to the 'big four', are positioning to benefit from stronger economic and commercial activity.

Shifting local alliances

SPECIAL REPORT: Business News has been tracking changes among WA’s accounting firms for 25 years, including seminal events like the collapse of Andersen and the break-up of the old PKF practice.

Mixed results on gender equity

SPECIAL REPORT: Gender equity is a key goal for major accounting firms but their track record is varied, especially in WA.

Mark my words podcast

Podcast: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Northern Star Resources, Terry Agnew, legal issues, RCR Tomlinson, GovNext and our special report on professional services focuses on accountants.

GovNext will not deliver planned savings

The Barnett government’s ambitious GovNext ICT program was based on flawed assumptions and will not achieve the anticipated savings but still holds potential to deliver significant benefits, a review has found.

Perth tax adviser facing $35m tax bill

Perth accountant Peter Moltoni has been hit with a $34.5 million tax assessment after the ATO took a close interest in disputed payments by his former client Pankaj Oswal.

Govt seeks World Heritage listing for Burrup

The state government has formally commenced seeking a UNESCO World Heritage listing of the Burrup Peninsula, which is home to some of WA’s largest industrial facilities and signalled any new projects will need to meet the highest environmental standards.

Rosser still dreaming with his feet on the ground

Brad Rosser brings diverse experience with Bond Corp, McKinsey and Co, Virgin and Unilever Ventures to his current focus on startups.

Forrest Chase developer wins legal fight

The $110 million redevelopment of Forrest Chase is set to proceed unhindered after the Supreme Court granted an injunction against the owners of a neighbouring cafe, who had blocked work by head contractor Lendlease by staying open all night.

Langoulant keeps reform fires burning

John Langoulant’s interests range widely, from building a lyric theatre in Perth to doing business in the Top End, but his main passion is public sector reform.

Mark my words podcast

Podcast: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Canberra turmoil, John Langoulant, Perth property prices, Santos, nickel’s recovery and our special report – power and energy.

Deloitte, Aecom win key Westport work

The state government has contracted Deloitte and AECOM to undertake studies on shipping volumes and traffic flows that will be pivotal to its Westport outer harbour project.

Equinix announces $15m expansion

US company Equinix has announced plans to expand its Shenton Park data centre while seeking to differentiate itself from the likes of NEXTDC and Fujitsu, which are also upgrading their Perth data centre operations.

Santos pays $2.9bn for Quadrant

Santos is set to become the dominant supplier of gas in the Western Australian domestic market after striking a deal to buy privately-owned Quadrant Energy for $US2.15 billion ($A2.95 billion).

JacMac launches secondment arm

Law firm Jackson McDonald has launched a branded secondment service in response to growing demand from clients and lawyers for more flexible working arrangements.

US bidder warns Poseidon

US group Black Mountain Metals has threatened to walk away from its proposed $66 million takeover bid for Poseidon Nickel after the local company disclosed it was pursuing a substantial capital raising.

Mark my words podcast

This week Mark My Words covers a broad range of topics including international students, health department corruption, liquor licenses, Ausdrill and Barminco merging, our exclusive report on retail property, and our special projects list.

Poseidon attracts $66m takeover

Privately-held US group Black Mountain Metals, which has recruited three experienced Perth mining executives to its leadership team, has flagged a takeover bid for Poseidon Nickel at six cents per share.

Govt seeks to revive international student market

The state government has foreshadowed a new graduate visa scheme to attract international students to WA but has no plans to reverse earlier policy decisions that have contributed to a plunge in the state's share of foreign students coming to Australia.

Progress made on submarine cables

Two submarine cables that will boost communication links between Perth and Asia have reached major construction milestones.

Tech leaders slowly emerge

The tech sector in WA is slowly maturing and the focus on startups is laying the groundwork for future growth.

Mark my words podcast

Podcast: Mark Beyer and Matt McKenzie discuss a newly created Business News database with details of more than 140 major projects, Carnarvon Petroleum, York Civil, RCR Tomlinson, Tourism, International education, energy policy, a record grain harvest, and WA’s tech sector leaders.

Brand’s new tourism division to corral the ‘complex beast’

The Brand Agency has launched a destination marketing division, headed by former Tourism WA chief executive Gwyn Dolphin.

Supreme Court rules on broken soap dish

It may seem a trivial matter, but a recent Court of Appeal ruling on who was responsible for maintaining the shower recess in a $1,700 per week rental property should be of keen interest to many landlords and insurers.

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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.