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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.

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.

Opportunities for micro-LNG

Opinion: Investment bank Credit Suisse says there could be a new micro-LNG train getting ready to roll in WA, and smaller players such as Beach Energy could be in the driver’s seat.

Bank on a punitive aged care outcome

Despite the damning testimony at the finance royal commission, the banks are likely to emerge largely unscathed; the same will not be true for aged care providers.

Playing the long game on trade

Opinion: The fallout from the tariff fight between the US and China is only the first shot in an unfolding economic and political standoff.

New LNG projects ahead of schedule

The LNG train is warming up its engines, as two major players gear up for another round of project investment.

Retail ructions amid slowing sales

Opinion: Retailers face ongoing challenges, as sluggish sales square off with pay problems and online competition.

Currency crises counted in dollars and sense

For every winner there’s a loser, and so it will be the case if the $A continues its downward trajectory.

Can’t beat ’em, so join ’em

Opinion: A giant US retailer has embraced online sales and boosted its profit.

Back to basics for banks

Investors seem unconcerned by the fallout from the banking royal commission, with banks’ shares rising despite the flood of bad news.

Energy policy a power failure

Opinion: WA’s interest and those of other states are poorly aligned in terms of national energy policy, and the same is increasingly the case given US trade tensions with China.

Trade war looms as tipping point

The trade war between the world’s two biggest economies is the latest sign of potential economic trouble just over the horizon.

Tourism isn’t rocket science

Opinion: A more creative approach is required if the state’s weak spots on tourism are to be overcome.

Revival time or dead cat bounce?

One of the nation’s most respected economists reckons the tide may have turned for the WA economy, but falling metals prices and a global trade war could render that view obsolete.

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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.