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Mark Pownall

Mark Pownall has around three decades of media experience. Prior to becoming CEO of Business News he ran the content operations of the business and was integral to the implementation of all the company’s digital products –twice daily email newsletters, weekly podcasts, deals database and BNiQ search engine. Mark has a Commerce degree from UWA and a post-graduate qualification in English from Curtin University. 

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PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the Navitas takeover, Karrinyup expansion, Belmont Park apartments, GST changes, Woodside's future, Wesfarmers demerger, and our look back at the past 25 years, including our special report on WA's biggest employers.

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PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the BHP derailment, lithium plant approval, North West Shelf Gas agreements, construction news, hotel developments, PEXA sale, and our special report on WA's innovation awards.

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PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the lithium industry, tourism challenge, state strategies, Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill, Power Ledger and Jemma Green, property market deals, Gascoyne Resources, ResApp and our special report on fund managers.

Align interests with outcomes

Opinion: Why not align private sector tax cuts to cost-effectively improving the performance of education and health?

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PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss market volatility, young rich, gaming fortunes, property taxes, fraud cases, Cisco and our special report on commercial property.

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PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss waste-to-energy development, Port Hedland property, Airbnb regulations, unemployment, tech listings, and our special report on WA's biggest exporters.

Foreign investors hit too much, too late

Opinion: The WA government has got the timing and scale wrong with its move to introduce a 7 per cent surcharge on foreign property buyers.

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PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss investment market volatility, property prices, BGC, Navitas heads three major deals in the offing, restaurant awards, Beaumonde Catering, Julie Bishop, and our special report on ICT infrastructure

Bannister Downs opens $20m facility

Sue and Mat Daubney’s Bannister Downs Dairy officially opened its $20 million-plus robotic milking operation and tourism centre at the weekend, with the pair cutting a special ribbon with major investor Gina Rinehart.

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PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss ScoMo’s visit, Rio Tinto invests, mining contractor wins, BN30’s all time high, Scarce Skills and labour costs, shopping centre acquisitions, Chevron HQ, building approvals and our special this week on corporate finance deals.

Phil Thick talks lithium

In a wide-ranging interview, Mark Pownall explores the career of Tianqi Lithium general manager Phil Thick and discusses the state of the battery metals industry.

Rotto rejuvenation puts options in play

Opinion: Increased amenity and accessibility on Rottnest are signs the island is catching up with public expectations.

Podcast: CoreData research on consumers and banks

In this podcast Mark Pownall talks to Kristen Turnbull from CoreData about her specialist subject of market research, most notably the impact of the current Royal Commission on banks and financial services businesses.

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PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss government contractor failures, house prices, population growth, LNG revival, Austal, performance share winners, and our special report on tourism.

Envy card a losing hand

Opinion: The improvement in quality of life and opportunity for all but a few over recent decades shows the true progress towards a more inclusive society.

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PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Startups, Metronet, Perth Airport, Volt Power, Kreepy Krauly, and BN's special report on gold miners

Private players hold the fort on CEO tenure

Opinion: A look at the length of CEO tenure across the sphere of corporate activity points to some interesting parallels, and other key differences.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cohesive strategy needed on international education

University of Western Australia vice-chancellor Dawn Freshwater has warned that the state is wasting an enormous economic opportunity by failing to promote itself as an education capital for foreign students.

A lesson in complacency

Opinion: The government’s newfound interest in attracting foreign students to WA is welcome, but long overdue.

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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.

Targets are fine, just not on your back

Sustainable growth based on realistic projections and outcomes can help business avoid the pitfalls some in the timber and wine sectors have experienced.

CEO lunch with Nick Bayes

Nick Bayes says The Brand Agency diversified its offering and took on work other agencies avoided to push through the recent downturn.

Costs cruel manufacturing vision

Is it overly optimistic to believe WA could become a centre for battery manufacturing?

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Podcast: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss lithium's $2 billion plus expansion, iron ore revival continues, Charlie Bass, digital health, Brendan Gore, and our oil and gas features reveals 15 projects.

CEO lunch with Brendan Gore

Despite his non-linear career pathway, Brendan Gore’s resources sector roles have provided invaluable experience for his leadership at Peet.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss positive signs in the property market, new mining and gas projects, a 'staggering' oil discovery, and our annual review of WA's arts companies.

Change a constant as city grows

Opinion: Sensible development is the only way forward for a city beset by urban sprawl such as Perth.

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PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss GST changes, house prices, contract news, Mining technology, airfares, and total shareholder returns.

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Recent reading

For the Aussie history buffs. Like a lot of things if you think polarised society, royals behaving badly or domestic terrorism are new things ... think again. Steve Harris is an accomplished journalist and media entrepreneur, so this a little different although his home town of Melbourne features prominently.

The Contiki story. It is a racy read with plenty of business tips from a backpacker who took his business global ... and pretty much lost the lot. The business journey is outlined in extraordinary detail. A must read for anyone who has travelled on the cheap to Europe.

Great management text if you are looking for someone to make sense of all the models and theories that sometimes attain cult status. Co-author is Perth-based Paul Culmsee.

Simon Sebag Montefiore's Jerusalem, a great historic introduction to many of the Middle East's current issues. In fact, when you see what goes on there today, a lot of it is explained by this book

Another fascinating read was Peter Rees' book Bearing Witness about Australia's great WW1 war correspondent Charles Bean. I note there's a competing biography by Ross Coulthart which I haven't read yet.

Also worth reading was one I dragged out of my father's library. William L Shirer was a foreign correspondent based in Berlin in 1930s and, due to America's late entry into WW2, was there during the early part of that conflict. His book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is half way between and academic work and the modern histories we are used to which are more entertaining. His book is awesome in its documentation and given a human element by the number of eye witness accounts he provides.

I really enjoyed The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin which was not only about the US presidency at the start of the 20th century, but the unique role investigative journalism played in reform. It reviews the incredible reporting backed by gutsy publishers who serialised stories on concerning issues with both economic and social implications. These journalists also had unprecedented access to the presidency, especially the progressive Franklin Roosevelt. As the circulation-boosting power of this style of journalism rose, however, some went too far, making up stories and spitefully attacking political leaders - leading to the expression muckrakers. The tabloids of today have historical precedent!

Sir Bob's visit

Some of the VIPs who really did have lunch with Sir Bob.

Recent reading

Just got through this great book by Bob de la Motte, well known in Perth finance circles. Its about his life, growing up in South Africa and competing in the 90km Comrades Marathon.

Another book worth mentioning is Njinga by a good friend of mine Kate Leeming - she's also just released a film on her trans-African cycling trip and is preparing to turn it into a TV documenary series. Her next project is Antarctica.

Find it here: www.kateleeming.com

Executive remuneration

Worth checking out our CEO/executive/director remuneration list here. There are thousands of WA names on it ... 59 pages of salaries if you are up for it.

Bitcoin

Meanwhile, I am awaiting a copy of this (not a Christmas hint - review copy coming I am told) which I expect will help decipher much about the mysterious world of bitcoin. This has been co-authored by a friend of mine and former colleague Michael Casey who has been writing regular columns on bitcoin for the past year or more. I have passed on a few tidbits to him about activity in Australia, but I have no idea if that was useful.

My all-time favourite business and political books are here on my Facebook page.

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Visionary medico wins 40under40

This year’s First Amongst Equals winner is a passionate medical specialist but he’s also a visionary entrepreneur who has a lot in common with successful business leaders.

Vale Geoff Rasmussen

Western Australian corporate leader Geoff Rasmussen passed away on Friday night after a long battle with cancer.

Builton fails, administrator appointed

One of state’s biggest residential construction firms, Builton Group, has succumbed to the financial stresses engulfing the sector, appointing an external administrator earlier today after reports of the company’s financial troubles emerged last week.

Builton failure a costly housing hit

The collapse of yet another Western Australian residential builder appears set to further upset the delicate state of the sector, with financiers, insurers, 350 trade creditors and as many as 130 home owners facing losses.

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Shark cull outcry overreaction

The current shark cull is a politically challenging issue, but one where Colin Barnett is right to dig in because he has time and momentum on his side.

Daylight savers may have to wait awhile

Daylight saving may be the victim of Western Australia's election - further bemusing those who watch us from a distance.

Time to stop slaughter in our backyard

While the public spotlight on the offshore ill treatment of animals bred for slaughter is commendable, why does the RSPCA shirk such action when it comes to our own backyards, literally?

Fitness freaks need more Jacob’s ladders

I note the fuss made around the recent closure of Jacob’s Ladder, a stairway to Kings Park which, due to its popularity as an exercise venue, has earned the ire of local residents.