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.

Growth gives Australia options others lack

Finding a balance between cost cutting and generating fresh investment will serve Australia well.

US quick to realise shale gas opportunities

Shale gas extraction is a game changer, both in terms of the energy sector and for its geopolitical implications.

New mining tax a major miscalculation

It took more than luck to get the ‘resource rich’ states where they are.

Crises bring out the harsh investment truth

Goldman Sachs’ troubles in the US throw up some interesting questions about advisers.

Forecasting folly hits a high at pivotal point

Investment banks are suggesting we are close to the peak in the current commodity price cycle.

Forecasting folly hits a high at pivotal point

Investment banks are suggesting we are close to the peak in the current commodity price cycle.

Early pullout costs Champion de Crespigny

Iluka Resources’ recent turnaround may be frustrating for Robert Champion de Crespigny.

China, Africa the pivotal investment plays

Belief that boom times are back is leading some investors to take a punt.

African investments a ‘trading opportunity’

The expression ‘with great risk comes great reward’ does not always hold true.

Moral, ethical challenges in China business

Australia’s relationship with China is a two-edged sword, as the Stern Hu saga has shown.

Tied to China, Australia to lose in trade war

If the US Treasury formally declares China to be a currency manipulator on April 15 ... watch out

Financial crisis still a long way from over

The collapse of some international currencies is the next stage in the ongoing GFC.

Currency capers change the game for grapes

The stronger Australian dollar is bad news for a host of businesses.

The rising influence of ‘generation next’

Generational change looms for some high-profile local business families.

Dongara shale results could rock gas world

Major reserves of shale gas could cause upheaval in the sector.

Skills reshuffle on the cards for migration

New migrants are likely to increase pressure on local service providers.

Infrastructure woes shift balance of power

South Africa’s problems could be good news for WA.

Are Australians living in a fool’s paradise?

The after-shocks of the GFC could be extremely painful.

Governments set to milk taxpayers

A barrage of taxes will be introduced to help pay for avoiding the worst of the GFC.

Buckeridge gives ministers a dressing down

Len Buckeridge is gearing up for another battle.

Heavy hitters line up on indigenous jobs

Who’s going to answer for ASIC’s failed prosecution of Andrew Forrest?

Get ready to hunt out ‘disconnections’

Speeding fines all part of the business for Sandfire Resources.

The Eggers effect gives Manhattan a glow

What’s behind the interesting tale of two uranium miners?

Lessons learned, Lester looks long-term

Dick Lester's changing strategy amid fallout from the GFC.

The fear’s gone amid the flat new normal

It looks as though we’re in for a prolonged period of modest growth.

Too much optimism is risky business

The right choice of words is important when talking up a mining project.

Buffett buys a $34bn ticket on the coal train

Two different financial plays in the past week share a similar view of the future.

Government’s carbon hand not so good

The financial success of ‘green’ companies has not quite lived up to the hype.

Proximity to the action pays off for Stokes

The state’s iron sector has attracted another major player in the local business scene – Kerry Stokes.

Currency convulsions to play out painfully

Looking at commodity prices in US dollar terms is giving a misleading impression of how well the world economy is recovering from the GFC.

If something seems too good to be true ...

The strength of the Australian dollar is good news for international speculators, but not for exporters.



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.