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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Gold production continues to grow

Saracen Mineral Holdings has announced development of the Thunderbox mine is ahead of schedule, while Kidman Resources achieved its first gold pour at the Burbanks mine.

Report points to benefits of diversity

A new report from Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre touts diversification of export products and trade relationships as a key part of ensuring the state’s continued economic success.

Turnbull renews deal with Nationals

Malcolm Turnbull has been sworn in as the nation’s 29th prime minister today, after renewing the coalition agreement, pledging a second look at the ‘effects test’ and handing the water portfolio to the National Party.

Turnbull pledges new leadership style

Newly elected Liberal Party leader and Prime Minister designate Malcolm Turnbull has said he will lead a "thoroughly liberal government", committed to individual freedom and the market, and vowed to carefully explain and consult heavily on policy.

Fortescue, AAMC seal deal for first Aboriginal-owned mine

Australia is a step closer to its first Aboriginal-owned and operated iron ore mine, after a deal sealed today between Fortescue Metals Group and Australian Aboriginal Mining Corporation.

Turnbull in Liberal leadership pitch

Former Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia needed a leader who respected the people's intelligence and would advocate for economic change, as he announced a leadership challenge against Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Ballajura Macca’s a little bit fancy

This innovative fast-food outlet is testament to how passion can drive business growth.

SMEs need reforms to help them shift up a gear or two

SPECIAL REPORT: Business News looks at what needs to be done to energize small business during the state's economic transition, reviews the growth of franchises in WA, and looks at the rise of women owning SMEs.

Win for women in employment figures

Employment in Western Australia lifted in August to 1.36 million, adding around 7,000 jobs in seasonally adjusted terms on July, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Fashion industry developing opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth’s fashion sector is gradually making its mark by developing niche opportunities, despite growing international competition.

Export fall hits WA, national growth

Falling exports have battered the June quarter GDP growth figures for Western Australia and nationally, but underlying demand increased more in WA than other states.

Expert highlights benefits from TPP

The proposed TransPacific Partnership trade agreement would have a major role to play in the development of Western Australia’s post-mining boom economy, according to foreign relations expert Gordon F

Superfert collapse leaves farmers kicking dirt

A big group of Western Australian farmers is among unsecured creditors expecting to receive as little as 7 cents in the dollar from the collapse of failed fertiliser supplier Superfert Dongbu.

US operations boost Austal profit

Shipbuilder Austal grew net profit after tax almost 70 per cent in the past financial year, to $53.1 million, on the back of improved margins.

Slowing China a global risk

Australia has been ranked as the world’s sixth safest nation in which to do business, from a risk perspective, according to research by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Maturing trees to lift truffle numbers

Truffle production in Western Australia’s South West is on the verge of significant growth as a number of new producers enter the market and a series of previously planted trees reach maturity.

Economic change barely dents biggest employers

Western Australia’s top 10 largest private sector employers employ more than 103,200 people between them, about 2,000 fewer than last year, according to BNiQ research.

Big trends among biggest employers

SPECIAL REPORT: It has been a tough year for job seekers in WA, but some new sectors have emerged to keep the state’s employment levels at record highs.

Grain in good shape: Bankwest

A run of good seasons has put Western Australian grain farmers in an improved position, according to the latest Planfarm Bankwest Benchmarks data.

Capital, technology critical for growth

A stronger local asset management industry could be an important part of the state’s economic diversification, according to panellists at a recent Committee for Economic Development of Australia lunch.

New seat announced

Western Australia will gain a new seat in the federal House of Representatives, located in Perth’s south-east, according to a draft redistribution paper released today, but in a strange coincidence will share the same name as a newly proposed state electorate in a different part of Perth.

Market City first out of the blocks

The Perth Market Authority's Market City is set to be the first major transaction in the state government’s asset recycling program, as expressions of interest in the fruit and vegetable wholesaler closed with a number of potential bidders.

Minimal union wages role: report

Declining union membership has had no impact on the share of national income earned by employees, according to a report released last week by Castalia Strategic Advisors.The report, which was undertak

West has capability for naval work

The federal government’s $89 billion spend for new naval vessels represents an opportunity for businesses at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, as energy and resources projects dry up.

Spinning wheels on light rail

SPECIAL REPORT: The Committee for Perth has suggested an alternative route might be the best way forward for Perth's promised light rail network; part of our ten page feature on infrastructure.

More needed on IR: Minerals Council

The Minerals Council of Australia has added to the national industrial relations debate today with a report it said showed that levels of union membership were unlinked to the labour force’s share of national income.

Mining application in palm of your hand

As cost pressures weigh on resources players, a Perth team has developed a way to marry contract tendering with social media.

Gold Corp refines its cost structure

Refining is a vital step in the gold supply chain, but it’s a practice facing increasing competition from within the sector and from technological change.

ATO decision means Uber fare hike

Rideshare giant Uber has announced it will increase fares 10 per cent while it battles the Australian Taxation Office’s recent GST ruling in the Federal Court.

Export fall weighs on west

Western Australian merchandise exports in the year to June were down more than 15 per cent on the previous financial year, according to the latest trade balance update from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Penalty rates key in reform push

A scaling back of penalty rates for hospitality and retail workers on Sundays was among the major recommendations in the Productivity Commission’s draft workplace relations framework released today.



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.

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.

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.

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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.