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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.

Liar loans symptomatic of poor home loan practices

ANALYSIS: If a full-blown mortgage crisis were to hit Australia, it will have been brought about by mismanagement at all stages of the home-loan process.

Playing catch-up not a winning strategy

OPINION: As technology increasingly cuts out the middleman, the WA government’s investment in facilities at Perth Airport may have short-lived benefits.

Atlas grinds its way through the gears

ANALYSIS: Recent numbers from iron ore miner Atlas Iron suggest it may be moving from survival mode to revival.

Energy crisis a master class in mismanagement

OPINION: The failure of Australia’s energy policy has led to the ludicrous situation where Victoria is considering importing gas from the nation’s overseas competitors.

BN30 points growth needle north

ANALYSIS: Positive news on employment and among some key commodities appears to mark a positive trend for the state’s economy, and Business News' BN30 stock index backs that up.

Digital drive a good sign for the Times

OPINION: A bit of bagging from Donald Trump has coincided with the digital rise of a traditional US publishing business.

Debt burden all part of the business for lithium early movers

ANALYSIS: Two local lithium players will be hoping their early move into the sector justifies the hefty interest rates on their loans.

All the makings of a monster

OPINION: The boom in lithium demand is driving growth at one of the state’s quiet achievers, Mineral Resources.

Rates rise could stymie state’s recovery

ANALYSIS: WA could find itself in a tough spot if the Reserve Bank raises interest rates in response to economic conditions in the eastern states.

Prelude to an LNG drag race

OPINION: The resources world is watching to see how the technology on Shell’s Prelude platform performs against Inpex’s more traditional Ichthys operation.

Energy shift sparks lithium opportunity

WA’s world-leading lithium sector could ride a wave of demand led by the charge in battery storage technology.

Bunnings bets each way in Australia and the UK

OPINION: Bunnings is running two contrary strategies in Australia and the UK as it takes an offensive defensive posture against Amazon.

Asleep at the wheel as perception gap widens

ANALYSIS: The business sector’s view of the future and that of consumers are heading in different directions.

Friendly fire to hit bank customers

OPINION: Those among us who are unfamiliar with the term ‘collateral damage’ are about to learn its meaning first hand, because it is what we have become – innocent victims of bad governance across Australia.

Bank on gold, London to a brick

OPINION: A slide in the value of the $A against the greenback could be a positive for gold. 

WA reprises ‘Cinderella state’ role

ANALYSIS: Despite the best of intentions, WA’s economic performance has stuttered and stagnated as the end of the financial year approaches.

WA holds all the cards on energy

OPINION: Western Australia has always been different to the rest of the nation, and not often to its advantage, as the ongoing dispute over the GST demonstrates.

Offshore demand sparks rural revival

OPINION: Rural exports are on an upward curve, which is good news for the bush and investors in the agribusiness sector.

Relentless dismantling of traditional retail

ANALYSIS: The point of no return may have already been reached for bricks-and-mortar retailers struggling to compete with the online experience. 

Advisory woes expose bank practices

OPINION: More does not always mean better. This fact of life, told by generations of mothers to their children, is something Australia’s banks are discovering as they fight to defend their handsome profits from the latest tax raid.

Counting the cost of not sticking to their knitting

OPINION: A failure to stick to their core competencies has led to significant disruption for businesses and organisations economy-wide.

Investors back Peet’s chirpy tune on growth

ANALYSIS: The fortunes of an iconic residential property developer are a pointer to the health of WA’s economy.

Beef brewing over exports to China

OPINION: Iron ore miners Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart, Western Australia’s two richest people, are taking a different approach to growing their other major business interest – beef production.

Dodging a bullet on slow road to recovery

ANALYSIS: With abundant supplies of energy and the raw materials growing Asian economies need, WA is set to ride out the economic headwinds facing the eastern states.

Banks can expect another whacking

OPINION: Bank bashing is one of Australia’s favourite sports, and while it is generally played when banks are behaving badly, there is a time when the banks become political footballs for playing well, which is what will probably happen next week – for 16 billion reasons.

Macquarie stirs pot on mining and dining

OPINION: A worldwide shake-up of the fertiliser industry may play out in WA, according to the investment bank, which has been watching Wesfarmers’ CSBP division.

Political edge to BHP break-up play

OPINION: Corporate events such as takeovers and break-up proposals do not always have a political edge to them, but when they involve BHP Billiton, once Australia’s biggest company, politics are not far away (and neither is Western Australia).

Iluka set for stability after years of shifting sands

ANALYSIS: Several factors are combining to reshape the future options for titanium minerals and zircon miner Iluka Resources.

Price peak masks more benign reality

OPINION: Despite a spike in iron ore prices, it will be the bigger, low-cost producers that rule the roost in the near to medium term.

New arrivals to open up ancient ore body

ANALYSIS: Technology is exposing the resource-rich but isolated Yamarna region.

Myer move a portent of retail change

You don’t have to be a retailing expert to sense the sea change under way in shopping, but what you might not appreciate is that the first shots have been fired in what could become one of the great Australian retail mergers, with Myer and David Jones becoming one business.

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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.

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.

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.

All the makings of a monster

OPINION: The boom in lithium demand is driving growth at one of the state’s quiet achievers, Mineral Resources.

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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.