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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.

In search of energy policy blend

If the Western Australian government is seeking a marketing advantage over other states, it has just been handed one in the form of the disastrous energy policy destabilising the rest of the country.

Iron ore survivors plan reset

A couple of smaller miners that rode out the slide in iron ore prices could be the early movers in a more widespread revival in the sector.

Uncertainty in US, Europe put gold in driver’s seat

ANALYSIS: A convergence of geopolitical and political events is causing widespread concern across Europe and the US, and WA’s gold sector could offer some stability for investors.

Historical echoes haunting Barnett

Whether Premier Colin Barnett stays or goes is a political decision, but it would be unwise for anyone to imagine that a change at the top of government will not have a significant effect on the way business is conducted in Western Australia.

Wesfarmers fighting on two fronts with Homebase in far-flung Britain

ANALYSIS: No-one knows how long it might take for Wesfarmers’ foreign foray to bear fruit, and at what cost.

No boom, but better news for nickel

It might be wishful thinking, but there are encouraging signs pointing to an end to the crisis that has humbled Western Australia’s nickel mining industry.

Winners and winners in the rush to gold

IT might not feel like it, but there are early signs of boom conditions forming in some parts of the state’s mining industry, with two sectors in particular benefiting from events in the markets for commodities, labour, and capital equipment.

Ausgrid call shows where trade power lies – for now

ANALYSIS: Balancing WA’s trade needs with Australia’s broader geopolitical and strategic interests is a challenge for leaders in this state.

Banks need a clean up, not a clean out

The desire to bash the banks is understandable when some of their past behaviour is considered; but before the bashing goes too far, it is important critics know what it would mean to damage an important part of the Australian economy at a delicate point in the global economic cycle.

Water pressure highlights competing priorities

If utilities such as Water Corporation can’t fulfill their primary responsibility to the public, maybe an alternative ownership model would be a better option.

Local retailers coming up short

The short selling of shares in some of Australia’s biggest retail stocks suggests investors are concerned about the sector’s future.

Grylls’ tax a turkey that won’t fly

ANALYSIS: Politics and business never mix well, which is something the state government is about to discover with news that former Nationals WA leader Brendon Grylls is eyeing a return to his party’s top job.

WA’s emerging energy advantage

Problems with electricity supply and pricing on the eastern seaboard could provide an opportunity for WA.

Pundits’ pilgrimage celebrates gold surge

Gold’s rising stocks and role in the post-boom recovery will make this year’s Diggers & Dealers the most promising for many years. 

There’s no place like home

High-end residential property prices in Perth have weakened considerably since the iron ore construction boom ended and oil prices collapsed, although these two negative events are slowly slipping from the headlines and being replaced by positive changes.

Low rates threat to retirement

Changes to superannuation policy played a role in the significantly reduced majority for the Turnbull government at the July 2 election, but if you look a little deeper you find something far more interesting – the government can’t afford its retirement policies, and some retired people can’t afford to live.

‘Speculative’ mining stocks head a varied field of performers

SPECIAL REPORT: Mining stocks are again leading the way in shareholder returns, but this time it’s not the iron ore players doing the business.

Wesfarmers sticks to its guns on Homebase

Wesfarmers remains confident its move into the British home improvement scene will be a winner, despite recent criticism.

Brexit adds to hangover

Amid a few bright spots on the earnings front, the WA economy’s rebound is being thwarted by still-low global prices for iron ore.

Refinery costs a threat to Kwinana

Kwinana’s future as an important centre of value-added mineral processing is being threatened by a potential double closure of major projects – the BHP Billiton-run nickel refinery and the Alcoa of Australia-operated alumina refinery.

On the wrong side of a digital divide

Pressure is mounting on local media players amid growing digital disruption. 

Lithium surge another ‘if only’ moment for uranium

A stubbornly low market price and the growing focus on renewables have WA’s fledgling uranium sector on the ropes.

Miners’ fortunes play out in property

Tipping future residential property prices is tricky, but in Western Australia there is a potential technique that is so obvious it’s a surprise no-one has used it before – linking property to the state’s biggest industry, resources.

Low growth increases the pressure

The clock is ticking for the leaders of some of WA’s biggest businesses, beset by low growth and a sluggish outlook.

Cost-competitive FMG steps up

ANALYSIS: WA’s resources-focused business community is eagerly awaiting the next round of figures for iron ore production costs.

BHP gets ball rolling on Nickel West

Does BHP Billiton really want to expand its loss-making Nickel West division, or is it engaging in a strange game of promoting an expansion plan of the Western Australian business in order to restart the sales process that collapsed last year?

Bad news always comes in threes

A three-pronged global financial storm is brewing, and it’s a sure bet resources sales to China won’t bail WA out this time.

Going backwards into an uncertain economic future

ANALYSIS: The recent state budget did little to convince voters the Barnett government is on the right track ahead of the 2017 election.

New golden crop for Wheatbelt

The return of gold mining as Western Australia’s fastest-growing industry is becoming more interesting, with a near-record price for the metal in Australian dollars triggering increased exploration and a pair of possible mine developments in the Wheatbelt.

Costly fallout when business goes bad

A tough business environment is bringing an increasing number of corporate malfeasance cases to the fore.

Contracting sector turns it around

The worst might be over for many of the state’s mining services businesses, as they seek to bounce back from the effects of the slowdown in resources project development.

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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.