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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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Morrison hopes to unite party, country

Prime minister designate Scott Morrison has admitted his party was battered and bruised this week, but committed to focus on unifying the country, with a review of the government's drought response his number one priority.

Bishop tipped to run for PM

There will likely be three contenders to become Prime Minister tomorrow, reportedly including WA’s Julie Bishop, with Malcolm Turnbull preparing to call a second leadership spill.

Tax cuts dead, but Turnbull bats on

Company tax cuts have been jettisoned following defeat in the Senate, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mounts a defence of his leadership, while an eligibility cloud hangs over challenger Peter Dutton.

Turnbull survives votes on leadership, no-confidence

Two frontbenchers have reportedly offered their resignations to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this afternoon, adding to that of former Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, after Mr Turnbull held off a leadership challenge this morning.

Kangaroo approves PT Bayan bid

Directors of junior miner Kangaroo Resources has given a tick to a bid from Indonesian coal miner PT Bayan which values the company at $515 million.

GEV to pursue stranded Malaysian gas

Global Energy Ventures is developing a plan to develop stranded gas fields in Malaysia using its floating compressed natural gas technology, after signing a letter of intent with Kuala Lumpur-based Tamarind Resources.

Calima raising $65m for Canada

Subiaco-based oil and gas junior Calima Energy has raised $25 million through a placement, and aims to pick up a further $40 million through debt to underpin a drilling campaign at its Canadian exploration tenements.

MineArc wins Telstra WA business of the year

Welshpool-based supplier of emergency refuge chambers to the mining industry, MineARC Systems, was declared the Telstra WA Business of the Year last night, while Perth Cat Hospital, Pachamama and Earbus Foundation also picked up prizes.

Neometals to demerge vanadium project

West Perth-based Neometals will demerge its Barrambie vanadium and titanium project early next year, as the businesses gears up for a final investment decision on its planned Kalgoorlie lithium hydroxide refinery in mid-2019.

Doris engineering Perth opportunities

Paris-based upstream oil and gas engineering business Doris Engineering has set up shop in Perth as it prepares for the next wave of local major projects to get under way.

Nahan commits to electricity competition

State opposition leader Mike Nahan has locked in part of his party’s energy policy early in the election cycle, pledging on the weekend to allow competition in retail power markets if his party wins the 2021 election.

$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.

Austal picked for work in the Philippines

Austal has been selected as preferred supplier to build six naval vessels for the Philippines, using a design similar to the offshore patrol vessel concept which was unsuccessful in a recent federal government tender.

Bonanza grain harvest anticipated

Farmers could be set for a near record grain harvest of 15.5 million tonnes this season in Western Australia, according to the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia.

Mark my words podcast

Podcast: Mark Beyer and Matt McKenzie discuss a newly created Business News database with details of more than 140 major projects, Carnarvon Petroleum, York Civil, RCR Tomlinson, Tourism, International education, energy policy, a record grain harvest, and WA’s tech sector leaders.

NEG approved by states, questions remain for WA

States and territories have signed up to the federal government's proposed National Energy Guarantee today, and it will have a big impact on Western Australian industry despite the state not being part of the National Electricity Market.

Studio provides a platform for social purpose

Special Report: Early-stage social enterprises and not for profits will have a new home available in the city when The Platform opens up a new space, Purpose Studio, next week.

Offerings accelerate for startups, SMEs

Special Report: Thousands of square metres of co-working space are set to open in Perth in the next 18 months, and it’s clear smaller businesses are looking for more than just a hot desk.

Mark my words podcast

Podcast: Mark Beyer and Matt McKenzie discuss the WA Club, Subiaco Pavilion Markets, two hotels changing hands, house prices, Andrew Forrest's philanthropy, WA's award winning wineries and our special report on small business.

Astronomical impact of space junk research

A deal between Adelaide-based Silentium Defence and Curtin University astronomers to develop technology tracking space junk is an example of WA’s growing capability in matters extraterrestrial.

Zenith in Barrow Island power build

Belmont-based remote power provider Zenith Energy has won a contract to provide a 20 megawatt power station at Chevron’s oil operations on Barrow Island.

Report adds pressure to Synergy split

It may have gone largely unnoticed in Western Australia, but a recent report into the east coast's electricity market could have major implications for the state, including for government-owned monopoly power business Synergy.

$200m gas saving from tribunal decision

Gas users will save nearly $200 million over five years after the Australian Competition Tribunal dismissed a move by the owner of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline to alter a pricing decision by the state’s Economic Regulation Authority.

Staff cuts add to red tape concerns

SPECIAL REPORT: Despite a host of deals in the Perth Basin during the past year, proponents are battling issues with red tape.

Cha play buoyant FLNG role

SPECIAL REPORT: With shipments at Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility still to get under way, one Perth businessman is hoping to reignite use of the technology for stranded gas fields.

Expansion plans get energy sector pumping

SPECIAL REPORT: Chevron’s $5 billion Gorgon phase two project announced in April might be the first in a wave of new oil and gas investments.

Oil spill at Cliff Head

West Perth-based oil junior Triangle Energy has revealed a leak at its Cliff Head oil platform, about 300 kilometres north of Perth, although the company said the spill was substantially less than 10,000 litres.

Talison approves $516m Greenbushes expansion

Talison Lithium has confirmed it will build a third concentrator at the Greenbushes lithium mine to boost output to 1.95 million tonnes per annum, but the owner of tantalum rights at the project has again warned the expansion will be subject to an ongoing legal battle.

Forethought needed for lithium boom dreams

Lithium advocates have been cautioned to separate facts from hype as it is not yet clear if battery manufacturing in Western Australia will be practical, although refining plans should proceed immediately, according to Mckinsey & Co partner Prabhav Sharma.

Tax changes key to investment flow

Lower company tax rates and changes to power pricing are among possible moves that would support the state’s economic development, according to local academic Peter Hartley.

Carnarvon jumps after staggering oil find

Shares in Carnarvon Petroleum were up 57 per cent today after the company revealed its joint venture partner Quadrant Energy had made an oil discovery described as staggering.

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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.

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.