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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. 

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the Builton collapse, CBD vacancy rates, Balla Balla iron ore and land developers.

Coming off second best when national costs are ‘shared’

Rising gas prices on the east coast have highlighted yet another anomaly in the GST structure that costs WA.

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.

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.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss World Trade Centre, UWA, uranium mining, conventions and conferences.

Poynton sets up new digs in CBD

The lure of increasingly affordable commercial rents in the CBD has drawn boutique investment advisory firm Jindalee Partners from Subiaco.

Monitoring an environment of influence

OPINION: The environmental lobby is no less worthy of scrutiny in terms of foreign influence than big business.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss South West water, building subcontractors, WA Business awards and the deals environment.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Roe 8, house prices, Libor scandal, Atlas Iron and WA’s education market.

Creative minds design for lifestyle

A host of Western Australian businesses has designed or invented lifestyle products that could have been a perfect Christmas gift.

Creative minds design for lifestyle

A host of Western Australian businesses has designed or invented lifestyle products that could be a perfect Christmas gift. If not, most of them will accept investors.

Pushing the needle, one stitch at a time

As we lurch towards the final days of 2016 it is worth considering what awaits us on the other side of New Year’s Eve.

Street wear locals take global approach to fashion

Perth’s specialist street wear vendors are part of a global trend to acutely restrict supply of distributed and in-house labels – following in the footsteps of many luxury brands that use scarcity as a marketing tool.

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In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Asian property investment, Diploma group’s battles, Liberal party moves, John Gillam and who are WA’s biggest employers?

ATO releases major private company data for second year

The financial affairs of numerous previously low-key unlisted or foreign-owned companies headquartered in Western Australia have been released by the Australian Taxation Office for the second year running.

Big nature comes calling up north

Man’s interference in the marine environment presents challenges for our species, and those that live in it.

Perth bike maker focuses on carbon fibre frames

Hand crafted and high tech are terms that rarely go together, yet a small Perth company is reinventing bicycle manufacturing with both those concepts at its heart.

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In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Western Power sale, house prices, innovative homes and WA’s business dynasties. 

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In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss South Perth apartments, Centurion and MacAleese, defence, wealth creators in WA.

Abalone firm launches $5m fund campaign

Augusta seafood group Ocean Grown Abalone’s $5 million fund raising campaign is progressing under the stewardship of adviser View Street Partners, with the launch of its official offer document as the

Commercial concerns outpoint purist’s pursuits

It seems the advertising dollar is behind a push into the female AFL more so than any interest in furthering women’s sports.

Foreign investment buoys Margaret River winemakers

More than a dozen WA winemakers have joined forces to tackle the growing Chinese market.

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In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Dan Wilkie discuss Donald Trump from a WA perspective, Gold Road, PDC BIM, Laurance Wines, Fremantle developments and junior miners.

Entertaining backyard business

A couple of Perth micro businesses offer up some entertainment options for summer.

State undoes deals at its peril

State agreements are not done on a handshake or the back of a serviette – unwinding contracts is a fraught enterprise.

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In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss innovation strategy, Wheatstone, Pilbara mining, Sam Walsh and commercial property.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Dan Wilkie discuss WA’s economy, Kidman, Alinta, Tox Free, Paul Blackburne, Perth airport and WA’s arts and cultural industry.

Service with a smile adds to island life

Whether its deliberate or driven by the economy, standards have risen on Rottnest.

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In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Dan Wilkie discuss Western Power, Enerji, residential builders, the COMO hotel and our export feature.

Cutting edge tech more than hype

A Yangebup business has found itself at the heart of a project trying to win the attention of global entrepreneur of the moment, Elon Musk.

Minor changes, major effects

The economic downturn has hit the state hard but WA’s fundamentals are still strong.

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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.