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Tim Treadgold

Perth commentator Tim Treadgold is one of the state's highest-profile business journalists. He brings decades of experience to Business News, offering readers sharp and insightful analysis of current events and breaking news.

Trade war may spark rare earth opportunity

An exotic mineral once mined Iluka Resources could bring about a resurgence in demand, as US-China tensions persist.

WA facing gas pressure

With the Environmental Protection Authority starting public consultation today on its greenhouse gas assessments, the state government could do more to provide certainty for investors in WA’s potential gas projects.

German giants will bring fresh competition to retail

Two new German supermarket businesses covering the top and bottom ends of the market are expected in Australia next year.

Resurgence of iron ore, nickel set the stage

OPINION: Could this be another boom moment in WA’s mining industry as global demand for the key commodities picks up pace?

WA’s gas advantage becomes big opportunity

Andrew Forrest has pounced on a potential play to supply WA gas to an east coast industrial market pounded by high prices.

Checkout squeeze on centre landlords

OPINION: Damaging supermarket prices wars and more online shoppers have turned the screws on a besieged retail property sector.

WA’s jobless rate could go higher

OPINION: The stubbornly high level of unemployment – despite a stronger economy – has many worried, particularly as new mining technologies increasingly cut into workforces.

Election winner faces tough calls on economy

OPINION: Muffled by the drumbeat of election campaigning as Australia heads towards its May 18 poll is a more sinister noise, demands for a big cut in interest rates, or the dumping of “helicopter” cash on the community – or both.

Major oil players have the money and power

OPINION: The Western Australian government’s love affair with Western Power is unlikely to be dimmed by local events any time soon, but a new force has been unleashed in the international marketplace as global oil companies morph into global electricity companies.

Banks sour on WA gas projects

OPINION: Global oversupply and price pressure, in addition to local environmental regulations, could spell trouble for major LNG projects.

Corporate failures have human cost

OPINION: The airline industry is tightly controlled, social media not so, but both have highlighted the failures of poor after-sales service.

Wesfarmers experiments with Bunnings after Coles sell-off

ANALYSIS: As many retailers struggle to deal with the internet revolution, Wesfarmers is undertaking two significant experiments in managing the disruptive influence of online trading to bricks-and-mortar businesses.

Inflection point for transport

OPINION: Emissions concerns are one factor driving change in the car industry, but the transport habits of a changing demographic are also in play.

Ignoring the issue no answer to climate clash

OPINION: The clash between domestic politics and international climate-change law was on stark display in WA last week as the EPA weighed in with an emissions recommendation.

WA’s economic upside a valuable commodity

OPINION: Australia may have avoided a recession for more than a quarter of a century, but with a whiff of panic wafting off the Sydney property market and the Reserve Bank tipped to cut interest rates, there is growing concern that something nasty is about to bite.

Trade ties just got trickier

OPINION: China is flexing its muscles on trade, and whatever the motivation Australian businesses should have contingency plans (other customers).

State shaking off sick-man status as fertile seeds sown

OPINION: While not all WA’s economic indicators are pointing in the right direction, there’s plenty of cause for optimism, particularly in the minerals and agriculture sectors.

Retail reels as net closes in

OPINION: This reporting season will most likely deliver some uncomfortable news for the retail sector.

China poised to come up trumps

Opinion: WA miners stand to benefit as China appears more likely to ride out the damaging trade war run by Donald Trump.

WA gets dud hand when national interest cards dealt

Opinion: WA should be careful not to be railroaded into supplying gas to the eastern states via a transcontinental gas pipeline.

Retail relocation drives demand for sheds, shelf space

Opinion: Amidst the ongoing shakeup in the retail sector, driven by internet shopping, an investment opportunity has arisen in property.

An upside for every downside

The protracted Brexit negotiations, a tough-talking new leader in Brazil, and a buoyant gold price all bode well for WA in the year ahead.

Economic glass starting to look less than half empty

Domestic and international events are on a collision course, with 2019 to pose a plethora of challenges for business leaders.

Powerful players pressure premier

Opinion: Two high-profile billionaires have the state government in their sights, and Premier Mark McGowan has some tough decisions ahead.

Gearing up for a credit crunch

Opinion: All signs point to a tough year ahead as international trade events meet tightening credit conditions amidst falling house prices and likely changes to negative gearing.

RCR collapse a classic case of overextension

The downfall of RCR Tomlinson is another reminder of the dangers of a business getting out over its skis.

Solid grounds for optimism on exports

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Via a mix of good fortune and planning, WA has positioned itself as supplier to the fast-growing economies of Asia rather than a competitor. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

Business builders give way to corporate capital

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: From those who risked their own capital to the corporate cowboys of WA Inc and the ‘hired help’ of today, WA’s corporate story features many powerful personalities. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

Cinderella no more, ball bounces into WA’s court

WA’s economic outlook is more optimistic than those of other states, mainly due to its food, energy and minerals exports.

Tipping point reached for retail

Opinion: Tough times continue for retailers the world over, as a combination of factors led by internet offerings ramp-up the pressure.

Coal powers ahead amid political pressure

As the key commodity soars on healthy demand in Asia, big Australian companies may be rueing decisions to offload valuable coalmining assets in the face of intense opposition.

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Window opens for lithium hopefuls

ANALYSIS: Worldwide demand for lithium is rising and more than 20 companies in WA are on board for the ride.

All good things must eventually come to an end

A number of asset classes are facing the likelihood of a bust this year, with WA watchers’ eyes trained on the lithium sector.

WA lithium gets jump on rivals

ANALYSIS: A forecast global surge into electric cars and buyers’ growing preference for the state’s hard rock lithium ore is putting a rocket into the sector.

New model shake-up for online used car sales

The second-hand car business was revolutionised 20 years ago with the arrival of the internet, but there is a second revolution under way that promises to be even more disruptive and could have a significant effect on some of Western Australia’s best-known car yards.

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Doubts over Qantas flight plan

OPINION: As promising as it sounds, the prospect of non-stop flights from Perth to London might not be the success some people seem to believe.

Analysis: The e-tail retail divide

If anyone didn't already know that the internet is a powerful tool for retailing they do now thanks to Australia's best ever example of how to shoot yourself in the foot.

Wine a contender for worst industry

Margaret River grape growers might hate the idea of a coal mine in their backyard, but unless the outlook for Australian wine improves they might have to change their minds.

Analysis: Bunnings' market strategy

Price fixing is illegal. What about product pegging? If you haven't heard that expression before, get used to it because it is about to revolutionise Australian retailing.