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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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Demand, price point key for uranium - SPECIAL REPORT

Amid the gloom, WA has some positive resources stories to tell,with uranium developers buoyed by improving news, investment certainty guaranteed around royalties rates - for now - and nickel reappearing as a sturdy performer.

Business urged to gear up for China trade

Australian businesses should prepare now to take advantage of the recent free trade agreement signed with China, according to a recent report by ANZ.

No change to royalties: Marmion

The state government has opted not to change commodity royalties in this year’s budget at the expense of almost $180 million in previously booked revenue.

RNI secures $60m for gold project

Mining junior RNI has announced it has signed a $60 million debt finance package to develop its Grosvenor gold project.

Harness innovation to maximise gas investment, sector urged

Multinational oil and gas service providers have set up in WA for the long haul, as the state searches for the best way to enhance its competitive advantage.

Major marine players keen to diversify

Marine services providers won’t be knocked off course by the waves of change in the oil and gas industry.

Resources boom leaves tech legacy

Software company Stochastic Simulation has joined a growing list of Western Australian businesses kicking goals globally in oil and gas technology development, as local providers increasingly target opportunities offshore.

Adapting to oil and gas opportunities - SPECIAL REPORT

As the construction peak passes and the oil price slides, service providers to the energy industry are re-evaluating how they do business. See our special report to see how technology, marine logistics and equipment providers are adapting to the new climate, and read about changes in the industry's workforce.

Warriors hit economic blues for six

Is it any wonder the sound of leather on willow brings us such joy?

Quirk connects business talent

Matching the right talent with the right business culture is all in a day’s work for Kelly Quirk.

Hazife services the friendly skies

When your next inflight meal arrives fresh and on time, you’ve got Salim Hazife and his team to thank.

WA farmers consolidate gains

Western Australian farmers are projected to enjoy the highest rate of return in the nation, excluding capital appreciation, for 2014-15, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.

Mazza questions potato corp relevance

State upper house member Rick Mazza has taken a leading role in the debate about the state’s potato bureaucracy, the Potato Marketing Corporation.

Jobs can’t match WA population influx

More Western Australians were employed in February than ever before, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, but that was not enough to stop a 0.2 per cent rise in the state’s unemployment rate to 5.8 per cent.

Wood Group runs razor over costs

Australian employees of oil and gas service provider Wood Group PSN can expect a salary freeze while contractors will experience rate reductions, a move the company said was in response to cost and efficiency challenges affecting the sector.

Stochastic in $5m software buy

Oil and gas modelling software provider Stochastic Simulation has entered into a $5 million deal to acquire modelling technology from Predrill Stresses International.

Sheffield sells Oxley potash

West Perth- based explorer Sheffield Resources will sell its Oxley potash project, near Geraldton, to South Australian Centrex Metals for $2.5 million.

Tax compliance costs SMEs

The annual cost to small business owners of complying with the GST is upwards of $13 billion, according to a recent survey, adding to calls for the federal government to address business taxation in its tax review white paper this year.

West not best in index reshuffle

Listed companies from Western Australia are on the outer in the most recent quarterly reshuffle of the S&P Dow Jones ASX Indices, with high-profile absentees including Iluka Resources, Mineral Resources and Monadelphous Group.

Ag sector needs investment, rationalisation

The state’s agricultural industry will require almost $600 billion of investment by 2050 to improve productivity and rationalise production in a bid to access Asian markets, according to a new report released by KPMG for the state Department of Agriculture and Food.

WA budget delayed one week: Nahan

The delivery of the state government’s budget will be delayed one week to account for uncertainty in the distribution of the GST, Treasurer Mike Nahan announced today.

Petrol fall hasn’t fuelled vehicle sales

Lower petrol prices have not accelerated new vehicle purchases in Western Australia, with sales down 6.1 per cent in February on the same period in 2014.

Research tax cap modified

The federal government has watered down planned changes to the research and development tax incentive scheme, which industry players say will improve its impact on productivity.

Nahan determined to balance the books despite few tools in his kit

Treasurer Mike Nahan, who is coming up on a year in the job later this month, spoke to an audience of nearly 500 at a Business News Success & Leadership breakfast last week.

Iluka MD in share incentive purchase

Iluka Resources managing director David Robb has acquired around $2.5 million of shares in the mineral sands producer under the company’s incentive plans.

10 union officials before courts: FWBC

Ten Western Australian Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union officials are among 72 nationally before the courts for alleged workplace law breaches, according to the Fair Work Building Commission.

Cricket giants gear up for Perth matches

The world’s two top ranked one-day cricket teams, Australia and India, are set to head to Perth’s WACA Ground for World Cup games against minnows Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates in the coming week.

Poor government procurement costs $239m: Deloitte

Poor procurement practices cost Australian governments around $239 million annually, according to a new study from Deloitte Access Economics.

Atlas Pearls loses some shine in half-year report

A fall in pearl sizes has dragged down revenue for Atlas Pearls and Perfumes, with the company confirming a loss for the first half of the year flagged in a restructure last week.

Grain industry plans to capitalise on dining boom

Western Australia's grain production could be valued at $10 billion annually by 2025, under a new strategy launched today by the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia.

State govt won’t slam on brakes: Nahan

Treasurer Mike Nahan has reiterated the state government’s commitment to return to surplus by 2016-17, but has pledged not to do it by hitting families or businesses, at today’s Business News Success and Leadership breakfast.

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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.

$130bn of major projects in WA

Nearly 140 major projects are either under way or planned for WA, new research by Business News has found. Click through to access the new list on the BNiQ Search Engine.

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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.