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 financial services company.
Exports to Thailand from Western Australia have surged about 270 per cent from a low point just three years ago, as the South-East Asian country seeks to strengthen linkages with Australia and partners.
PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Matt Mckenzie discuss hospitality sector challenges, regional hotel expansion, gold versus lithium, heritage issues in Peppy Grove, Pacific Energy, our special report on infrastructure, and our Great for the State feature on disruption.
Investors who bought taxi plates as prices fell after Uber entered the market could receive more compensation than long-term drivers, as payments under the state government’s taxi buy-back scheme begin flowing this month.
Fifteen businesses have expressed an interest in buying Berrington Care Group, an aged care provider which went into administration earlier this month, while residents consider options for nearly $125 million of deposits.
Uptake of rooftop solar is being severely distorted by a flawed pricing structure for electricity, forcing higher costs across the grid, according to one of Australia’s leading authorities on energy markets.
The former chief executive of the Potato Marketing Corporation and another senior public servant have been slammed by the Corruption and Crime Commission for a consulting arrangement where one allegedly used their position for enrichment at the state's expense.
Construction costs for many lithium refining projects have been revised up in the past year as proponents rethink the scale and scope of their developments, with Tianqi Lithium’s Kwinana project the latest to run higher than forecast.
PODCAST: Dan Wilkie and Matt Mckenzie discuss Blue Cow Cheese, hospitality insolvencies, Ribs & Burgers, Flinders Mines, Sandfire Mod takeover, Barminco, indigenous contracts, Rising Stars, and Great for the State.
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.
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.
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.
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.