OPINION: Sales activity contracted over the week, with Reiwa members reporting a decrease in weekly sales to 555. The overall 14 per cent fall in weekly sales is attributed to a 17 per cent decrease in sales for houses and a 23 per cent decrease in unit sales, despite a 17 per cent increase in vacant land sales over the week.
OPINION: The federal government's recently announced Productivity Commission review of GST sharing among the states is good news for Western Australia, but the state government should be realistic about the outcome.
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.
In this Business News podcast, Dan Wilkie and Mark Beyer discuss big changes to the public service, property developers, opportunities in defence, a new Qantas service, and our annual review of mining projects.