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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 financial services company.

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Lithium growth sparks MSP

SPECIAL REPORT: Growing demand for battery metals has created a golden opportunity for MSP Engineering, with contracts for two big projects helping the business grow revenue by 6,000 per cent in three years.

$179m contracts for Aboriginal businesses

Two Aboriginal businesses have been awarded $179 million of contracts by Fortescue Metals Group, with chief executive Elizabeth Gaines saying the miner was focused on practical initiatives to end disparity.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Matt Mckenzie discuss new Liberal policies, Forrest property investments, Julie Bishop, state wages policy, Committee for Perth, supermarket battle, microgrids, and our special report on indigenous business.

Neometals looks to India for refining

Neometals will be considering India as the location to build a lithium hydroxide refinery, but previously announced plans for the project to be built in Kalgoorlie will remain as an option.

Gold hits record high

The Australian dollar gold price has passed $2,000 an ounce for the first time, according to The Perth Mint, with five WA-linked goldminers putting on a combined $1.3 billion of value in today’s trading.

$123m for minesite microgrids

Two microgrid projects worth a combined $123 million have moved forward today as the technology becomes increasingly mainstream, with Gold Fields and GMA Garnet mine sites to have big renewable power and storage components.

Tough calls make a mountain of difference

The wages of Australian workers could almost double in real terms by 2060, with manufacturing showing the biggest potential, aided by technology adoption and better management practices, according to a new report.

Machine learning mavericks meet Perth mainstream

A group of emerging Perth minds is using machine learning for everything from power grids to poetry.

Local defence ecosystem grows business

SPECIAL REPORT: A strong network has developed in WA to help local businesses gain access to defence opportunities across the country.

Matrix the one for neo-materials

SPECIAL REPORT: Defence work is providing opportunities for businesses with oil and gas prowess such as Matrix Composites & Engineering.

Blacktree broadcasts from Belmont to Britain and places in between

SPECIAL REPORT: A Belmont-based business is connecting military installations around Australia and across the world.

WA defence sector aims to build on contract wins

SPECIAL REPORT: Local businesses are already winning ongoing defence work as WA positions itself as a sustainment hub. Click through for our list of 25 deals won by WA contractors in the past year.

Evol seals gas supply deal

Wesfarmers subsidiary Evol LNG has secured a six-year deal to supply gas for a 14.5-megawatt power station to be operated by Zenith Energy at the Kirkalocka gold mine.

Cracks emerge in state pay policy

The public sector union is claiming it has broken the state’s wages policy on the back of a new enterprise agreement offer that includes a range of new entitlements such as an extra holiday, superannuation during unpaid parental leave, and cultural leave for Aboriginal employees.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Matt Mckenzie discuss house prices, economic growth data, interest rates, WA’s credit rating, gold miners, arts festivals, cryptocurrencies and craft breweries.

Crypto gains currency in Freo

Several businesses in the Fremantle area are enabling payment with bitcoin and alternative online currencies.

WA economy continues to shrink

Western Australia’s domestic economy was the smallest it has been since 2010 in the March quarter, with state final demand just below $50 billion.

Perth AI impact for kids in need

Machine learning is being used to develop a range of medical research advancements in WA, with diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder one example.

Leeway for women in Austal apprenticeship approach

Austal chief executive David Singleton believes the shipbuilder needs to gain a critical mass of female workers to permanently make an impact on gender equality in the industry.

Singleton's success navigating big turnarounds

Shipbuilder Austal has turned two major challenges – a cyber attack and the loss of a big naval contract – into positives, chief executive David Singleton told a Business News Success & Leadership breakfast today.

WA more than paying its way

Recently released numbers show Western Australia’s net contribution to the the federation was a whopping $15.5 billion during the 2018 financial year, while also indicating a long running debate about federal health funding cuts in the state was off the mark.

Chalkley, Barrie to Power board

Western Power chief executive Guy Chalkley has been appointed to the network operator’s board, while Kathryn Barrie will wear two hats as a director of the business and continuing in a senior role at the Public Utilities Office.

Kelly’s lobster deal sinks

The fishing industry says it is disappointed by the state government's backdown on a local lobster supply deal, with a planned international lobster festival to be one of the casualties.

Battle over future of Subbies WA

An emotional and complicated dispute has broken out among current and former committee members of Subcontractors WA, after former chairperson Louise Stewart resigned in February to contest the seat of Curtin at the recent federal election.

$150m pipeline for Kwinana battery valley

About $150 million of non-lithium projects for the battery industry are in the pipeline for Kwinana, with Magellan Power and Pilbara Metals Group the latest proponents.

The only poll that matters is at the coffee shop

In an election that defied pollsters, it was the old-fashioned tally room at Miss Maud that called the result correctly.

Edwell to lead power reform taskforce

Horizon Power chair Stephen Edwell has been picked to lead the state government’s Energy Transformation Taskforce, two months after a review into energy policy was first announced.

Cost reduction focus for AGIG

Further downward pressure on gas prices is likely with the owners of the state’s major transmission pipeline planning a big cut in costs.

Subsea 7 in Exmouth pipeline facility rethink

A proposed pipeline fabrication facility to be built near Exmouth could be back on the drawing board just months after proponent Subsea 7 submitted an alteration to its environmental proposal.

Liquidation as pressure builds at Yagan Square

Two businesses at Yagan Square have shut up shop in recent weeks, with warnings more may follow as tenants grapple with low foot traffic.

Quality call in message to India

No market has more growth potential for Australia than India, says former Department of Foreign Affairs secretary Peter Varghese.

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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.

EC&M into administration

Henderson-based electrical contractor EC&M has entered administration this morning, with about 400 staff to be temporarily stood down.

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.

Liquidation as pressure builds at Yagan Square

Two businesses at Yagan Square have shut up shop in recent weeks, with warnings more may follow as tenants grapple with low foot traffic.

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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.