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GST stoush drives WA-first push

OPINION: The idea of forming a new political party to run Senate candidates on a Western Australia-first platform appears to have come to a number of people at the same time.

Staged approach could ease GST woes

OPINION: The federal government’s recently announced Productivity Commission review of GST sharing among the states is good news for Western Australia, but the state government should be realistic about the outcome.

Royalties for Regions cuts a sensible first step

OPINION: During the state election campaign, Mark McGowan said his government would repay the state’s debt as though it were a home mortgage; now, unfortunately, he is experiencing the equivalent of mortgage stress, which comes with taking on too much debt without enough income to service it.

Rising royalties drive GST malaise

OPINION: Many angry words have been spoken and written about Western Australia’s shrinking GST allocation, but very little has been said or written about the cause of the shrinkage – iron royalties.

Grylls’ courage not enough

OPINION: There is no denying that Brendon Grylls has left his mark on Western Australian politics.

The devil is in the detail

At last, after months of chewing it over, the state government has announced a plan to divest Western Power.

Grylls on right track over royalties

The proposal from Nationals WA leader Brendon Grylls to increase the royalties paid by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton is not as ‘out there’ as it sounds. I say this not as a socialist, but as a capitalist who, as a resident of Western Australia, is an indirect part owner of the state’s iron ore reserves.

Walking a fine line on Western Power

The WA government is tying itself in knots over privatising the electricity network, but its failure to act could have a political cost. 

Bid opportunity for CBH

The Australian Grain Champion’s proposal to demutualise CBH will most likely be rejected by the CBH board, but it could be the catalyst for a CBH-led demutualisation.

Wesfarmers’ UK tilt worth watching

Is Wesfarmers’ $705 million acquisition of UK hardware chain Homebase a fantastic opportunity or a case of hubris that will lead to disappointment?

Amalgamation key for Wheatbelt councils

THERE are 138 councils in Western Australia, 88 of which serve populations of less than 2,000 people and many of which are unviable.

Shareholders' champions swap sides

The Alinta management buy-out proposal (MBO) has focused attention on the conflicts that arise in MBOs.

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Grylls on right track over royalties

The proposal from Nationals WA leader Brendon Grylls to increase the royalties paid by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton is not as ‘out there’ as it sounds. I say this not as a socialist, but as a capitalist who, as a resident of Western Australia, is an indirect part owner of the state’s iron ore reserves.

Bid opportunity for CBH

The Australian Grain Champion’s proposal to demutualise CBH will most likely be rejected by the CBH board, but it could be the catalyst for a CBH-led demutualisation.

Royalties for Regions cuts a sensible first step

OPINION: During the state election campaign, Mark McGowan said his government would repay the state’s debt as though it were a home mortgage; now, unfortunately, he is experiencing the equivalent of mortgage stress, which comes with taking on too much debt without enough income to service it.

Rising royalties drive GST malaise

OPINION: Many angry words have been spoken and written about Western Australia’s shrinking GST allocation, but very little has been said or written about the cause of the shrinkage – iron royalties.

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Grylls on right track over royalties

The proposal from Nationals WA leader Brendon Grylls to increase the royalties paid by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton is not as ‘out there’ as it sounds. I say this not as a socialist, but as a capitalist who, as a resident of Western Australia, is an indirect part owner of the state’s iron ore reserves.

Bid opportunity for CBH

The Australian Grain Champion’s proposal to demutualise CBH will most likely be rejected by the CBH board, but it could be the catalyst for a CBH-led demutualisation.

Walking a fine line on Western Power

The WA government is tying itself in knots over privatising the electricity network, but its failure to act could have a political cost. 

Grylls’ courage not enough

OPINION: There is no denying that Brendon Grylls has left his mark on Western Australian politics.