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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.

Emerging into the unknown

The end of federal assistance to businesses and workers will be a pivotal point in how Australia emerges from COVID-19 lockdown.

Palmer call sends wrong message

The refusal to allow Clive Palmer into WA on public health grounds seems out of step with decisions relating to other high-profile businessmen.

Economic clarity in short supply

OPINION: Mixed messages about the economic effects of COVID-19 make it clear that, as with the virus, the world is in uncharted territory.

Captain could be in search of an airline

Going against the grain is nothing new for iron ore magnate Andrew Forrest.

WA exposed to painful blow

OPINION: The economic fallout of decisions made to combat COVID-19 will play out for years.

Farm sector goes against the grain

Consumer driven demand for grain-based products is good news for the farm sector.

Riches to be had amid lithium reset

The conditions that have slowed growth in WA’s lithium sector won’t last forever and there are some great opportunities for companies taking the long-term view.

Star performer cements status

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing investors who have shunned Western Australian mining companies for decades (because they prefer buying shares in banks) to smarten their game or risk being left holding yield-free assets as bank dividends dry up.

Time for rethink of State Agreements

OPINION: The big changes forced on the mining sector’s FIFO operations is a perfect example of how upheaval in business can present opportunities to improve when the crisis has passed.

Delayed decisions can cost

Investors seem wary of a couple of WA stalwarts, with a lack of timely decision-making in a changing marketplace part of the problem.

Tech, trust and discipline needed for home work

Some people find transitioning from an office environment to working from home difficult, but it needn’t be.

Oil glut could hit local projects

A falling oil price is a double-edged sword for WA.

Negative forces aligning

OPINION: The outlook is threatening on several fronts for a global economy connected by trade links and mutually beneficial supply chains.

Virus threat to group travel model

Tourism is the canary in the coalmine ahead of the global economic hit expected as China slows while dealing with the coronavirus.

Connections could lift lithium

OPINION: Western Australia’s lithium boom, which ran out of steam last year, will not be returning soon given the nationwide slowdown in China as it battles to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Divergence and delusion

There are concerns the share market’s strength doesn’t accurately reflect the nation’s economic performance, or outlook.

‘Energy inequality’ can’t be ignored

OPINION: Emerging countries will need to be brought into the tent if a global reduction in carbon emissions is to be achieved.

Retail outlook takes another hit

What Christmas gave to Australian retailers, the bushfires are taking away, but there could be worse to come for shopkeepers and shopping centre owners when the latest international trends wash up here.

Upside to negative news

OPINION: WA again stands to be the beneficiary of trouble elsewhere, with local producers of lithium, gold, iron ore and hydrocarbons the likely winners.

Risky loans a car crash in the making

Ultra-low interest rates are driving a new subprime crisis in the US.

CloudKitchens plans to eat into market share

OPINION: A new US meal-delivery model could make its way to Australia.

Trade peace, gas projects key in 2020

OPINION: A better year is in prospect for WA’s resources-led economy but much has to go right on the international and local fronts.

Westpac too reliant on computers

OPINION: The Westpac transactions scandal exposes its dependence, and that of the other banks, on computerised processing to replace people and cut costs.

Battle lines drawn over LNG plans

The Scarborough gasfields appear set to be at the heart of a development versus environment showdown that will have major political implications.

The power of money

OPINION: The investment opportunities offered by new energy models could change the debate over climate policy.

Easy money comes at a cost

OPINION: As welcome as they are for borrowers, the current era of ultra-low interest rates is creating the climate for a financial crisis.

US intent clear in rare earth pact

OPINION: Australia is seeking to find a delicate balance in terms of trade with a major customer, China, and its strategic alliance with the US.

Many roads to failure

OPINION: Business sectors slow to recognise the need to shift gears in the face of technological change will struggle to survive.

The piper must be paid

OPINION: Sensible debate about the cost of progressive environmental policy is missing amid the noise from politicians and green activists.

Goal posts moving again in super review

OPINION: Political battlelines drawn as the Morrison government delves into the workings of the $2.8 trillion superannuation industry.

Saudi sting opens window for WA

OPINION: Every cloud has a silver lining, even the attacks on the Saudi Arabian oil industry, because they could provide the incentive for customers to seek more liquefied natural gas from Western Australia.

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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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Perth hasn’t fallen off the twig, yet

IF anyone doubts that Perth has become a “branch office” city then learn from this enlightening encounter with Challenge Bank, BP – and a car which allegedly consumed 8705 litres of fuel in a week.

Taxing times at Hancock inquest

VISITORS to the Perth circus, sorry, the Lang Hancock coronial inquest, may have noticed something odd going on.Well, let’s face it, the whole affair is pretty damned odd.

Doubts over clubs’ fitness to trade

WHEN a man loses $328 it is hardly an event to cause much excitement. So why, on May 14, did the Ministry of Fair Trading issue a press release lamenting the loss incurred by Douglas Bradshaw, a 60-year old from Nollamara?

Market gets a taste for yellowcake

IT has been a long time since anyone whispered the word “uranium” on the stock market. But listen closely and you can hear a few excited conversations about the great uranium revival.