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Matt Mckenzie

Matt Mckenzie joined Business News in June 2014 and reports on projects, energy, agribusiness, small business, employment relations, manufacturing and economics. He completed bachelor of arts and bachelor of economics degrees at the University of Western Australia, majoring in political science and international relations, economics, and money and banking. He was formerly president of the UWA Student Guild, where he introduced the first private catering outlets on campus, and has worked at a leading financial services company.

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Gorgon build will mean workflow for contractors

Chevron’s decision to build stage two of the Gorgon LNG project, announced on the weekend, takes the total value of petroleum industry investment committed or under construction in Western Australia to around $55 billion, according to state government data.

Alinta unveils $45m Pilbara battery

A new utility-scale battery launched in the Pilbara by Alinta Energy today will be Australia’s second biggest, behind Elon Musk’s Tesla battery in South Australia.

'Monster' power reforms to boost growth: Wyatt

Treasurer Ben Wyatt's ambition for increased private participation in the electricity sector remains, despite a slow start, touting it as part of a microeconomic reform program designed to lift productivity.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer, Matt Mckenzie, and Tori Wilson discuss Synergy and renewable energy, the Atlas Iron takeover, live sheep exports, Bill Shorten’s Perth visit, a new report on Kwinana, and the debate over training and apprenticeships.

Labor pledges $241m for Byford line

Opposition leader Bill Shorten today pledged $241 million to extend the Armadale suburban rail line to Byford, bringing federal Labor’s infrastructure commitments in the state to $1.2 billion.

Kwinana development highlights intervention debate

At a time when debate about a potential outer harbour project south of Perth is building momentum, a look at the history of development in Kwinana’s industrial zone provides an illustration of the impact of government intervention in the state’s economy, for better or worse.

Johnston in defence export role

Former defence minister and senator for Western Australia David Johnston has been appointed Australia’s first defence export advocate, after the federal government committed to spend an additional $20 million every year to support the sector.

Haulage hits red tape roadblock

A new regulatory system for heavy haulage movements on the east coast is costing the Western Australian economy millions, according to local trucking players, who are warning that the introduction of a similar model here would cause major problems.

Recovery gains momentum: Deloitte

Western Australia’s economic upturn is gathering momentum, according to the latest report from Deloitte, with business investment beginning to recover and exports continuing to perform.

Lift in WA's GST share, but only to 47%

The state government’s parlous budget position received a small boost today, with Western Australia in line to receive $225 million more in GST revenue next financial year than had previously been estimated.

Lower prices hit revenue

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australia’s five biggest agribusinesses are earning about $5.5 billion in revenue annually, according to the latest BNiQ Search Engine data, down from $5.8 billion when the list was last published 18 months ago.

Energising options to give farmers power

SPECIAL REPORT: Increasing energy costs and ongoing reliability issues are two major challenges for farmers with moves afoot to provide relief on both fronts.

Agribusiness seeks global growth solutions

SPECIAL REPORT: The increased use of technology in one family-owned WA agribusiness is an example of many changes happening in the industry more broadly.

Resources sector hits jobs record

Employment in WA's resources sector hit a record level in 2017, while revenue lifted 16 per cent to $108 billion, according to the latest data from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Thriving market for modest fashion

The market for modest fashion in South-East Asia is attracting attention as a potential export destination for a range of local designers, with dramatic growth expected in the next decade.

Northern suburbs congestion ranked top issue

A rail line to Yanchep and freeway expansions in Perth's north are the two highest priority initiatives for Western Australia, according to Infrastructure Australia’s latest project update, which has indicated a third runway at Perth Airport will likely be needed before a new harbour development.

Cape in $20m of contract wins

CFC Group subsidiary Cape has won three new jobs worth a combined $20 million, focused on gold mining, lithium and electricity infrastructure.

Rothwell reflects on Austal journey

John Rothwell remembers some of the most significant deals made in the early days of shipbuilder Austal, in the latest instalment in our series to celebrate Business News' 25th anniversary.

Leadership can take many forms

SPECIAL REPORT: Our annual analysis of the state's movers and shakers shows that sometimes the best examples of influence are demonstrated not by what change an influencer starts, but rather what they can stop.

Perth Freight Link cost $140m+

More than $140 million was spent on the cancelled Perth Freight Link project, the state government has revealed.

Strong national job growth continues

Western Australian unemployment was up 0.2 per cent in February to be 6 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, while Australia-wide employment grew by a record amount.

Fall tipped for iron ore price

Iron ore prices will fall more than 10 per cent to be about $US60 per tonne next year, partly driven by increased scrap metal availability, according to Citigroup Asia commodities strategist Tracy Liao.

Step forward for Barossa gas project

Plans to use the Barossa gas field in the Timor Sea as backfill for the Darwin LNG plant received a boost today, with the project getting a tick of approval from the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority.

Strengthening business ties

Two new business groups plan to strengthen Western Australia’s economic links with innovative overseas economies, with the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce and WA Singapore Business Connect opening Perth chapters.

Labour leads mine cost concerns

Cost pressures are starting to return to the mining sector, according to BHP Billiton WA Iron Ore boss Edgar Basto, as the company continues preliminary work with potential contractors ahead of a decision on the South Flank development in the next few months.

Labor workplace shake up on horizon

Domestic violence leave and a capacity for court-made equal remuneration orders look more likely after an interim report of the state government’s industrial relations review recommended some significant changes to the current workplace relations system.

Project to protect subsea equipment

A costly problem that dramatically shortens the life of subsea equipment used offshore of Western Australia is the focus of a collaborative project backed by some of the state’s biggest energy producers.

Plan for 60 standalone power systems

Batteries and solar panels will be rolled out at 60 locations on the edge of the state’s electricity grid throughout the Wheatbelt and Goldfields as part of a plan to improve reliability and cut capital costs across the Western Power network.

McGowan to establish LNG jobs taskforce

Technology, maintenance and education will be the key areas of focus for a new state government taskforce targeting job opportunities in the LNG sector.

Corrigan’s docks win a bonus for business

Next month will mark 20 years since stevedoring business Patrick dismissed its workforce at the apex of what became one of the most significant, and contentious, industrial relations battles in a generation.

Woodside, BHP in Scarborough JV

Woodside Petroleum has taken a small step on the potential Scarborough LNG project, signing an agreement with co-owner BHP Billiton to become the operator of any future development and granting the miner an option to increase its share of the project by 10 per cent.

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WA returns to growth as Australia avoids recession

GDP has bounced back from a poor showing in the September quarter with December quarter seasonally adjusted growth of 1.1 per cent, while Western Australia snapped a five quarter streak of shrinking state demand to grow 0.4 per cent.

Financial probe for student union

The University of Western Australia Student Guild has dismissed a staff member over financial irregularities after bringing in forensic accountants from BDO to undertake a special analysis of its 2013 accounts.

Warning to Uber moonlighters

Uber drivers using the service as a supplementary income should declare it to their primary employer, according to Minter Ellison partner Kathy Reid, after a driver who had worked during sick leave lost an unfair dismissal claim.

Property player tops 40u40

Blackburne managing director Paul Blackburne was last night named the 2016 Business News 40under40 First Amongst Equals, ahead of a talented and diverse field of candidates.

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McGowan to cancel Roe 8

The Roe 8 road project will be cancelled if the Labor Party wins the upcoming state election, opposition leader Mark McGowan said today, even though the government has already signed a contract for construction, with $236 million of funding to be re-allocated to three alternative roads.

Nalder makes fresh freight link pitch

Transport Minister Dean Nalder has highlighted the social benefits of Roe 8 and touted the minimal environmental impact of the project at a lunch today, adding that the link would need to be built regardless of any move to an outer harbour.

Green light for Kwinana lithium plant

A $400 million lithium processing plant to be built in Kwinana has got the green light, with West Perth company MSP Engineering to act as head contractor.

Feds back unconventional drilling

Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg said the federal government would be pushing states to remove moratoriums on unconventional gas extraction, including fracking, he told the LNG 18 conference today.