Business philanthropy more a corporate responsibility

Sparked by recent media commentary about business involvement in the arts, Wesfarmers chief executive Michael Chaney penned this letter as a response.

Joe Poprzeczny: State Scene - Howard, Latham in shame game

Federal election 2004 will be memorable for several reasons, not least, the clash between the Lying Rodent, Prime Minister John Howard’s latest nickname, and the Road Rager, as Liberal Canning MHR, Don Randall, has dubbed Labor leader, Mark Latham.

Reader Response - Flaws in Labor schools policy

Labor’s education policy is as educationally unsound as it is socially divisive.

Buyers beware at election time

In the wake of the Prime Minister’s $6 billion weekend spending spree, I couldn’t help reflecting on a piece I had read recently on the purchasing power of election promises.

Latham pledge falls on deaf ears

Mark Latham’s promise to give up to $75 million a year to Western Australia to attract major new gas and processing projects to the State largely went unnoticed at the weekend.

Joe Poprzeczny - State Scene: A historic opportunity to reform

Last week’s State Scene lifted the veil on the unwitting moves by Premier Geoff Gallop and Energy Minster Eric Ripper that are helping Alinta further tighten its stranglehold over Western Australia’s domestic and industrial gas markets.

The business of universities

At this time of year it’s perhaps not surprising that our universities start making new appointments as they prepare to compete for the hearts and minds of students-to-be.

Joe Poprzeczny: State Scene - Full energy catastrophe unfolds

State Scene has long argued that the Court-Barnett Liberal duo’s most disastrous move was privatising the Dampier-to-Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP).

Buckeridge feedback

We've received a fair bit of feedback in recent weeks about building magnate Len Buckeridge’s interview at our Success & Leadership forum.

Joe Poprzeczny: State Scene - More of the same on taxation

Now that we’re well and truly into the Federal election campaign pundits will begin predicting the date of the looming State election.

Olympic hangover

I hate to be a killjoy when our Olympic athletes have performed so well, but I did feel it was time to put some of the bragging in context – but a little less subjectively than Roy & HG did in the various tallies they provided.

Joe Poprzeczny: State Scene - Playing politics with our privacy

Labor enjoyed watching Prime Minister John Howard searching for explanations after one-time Defence Department officer Mike Scrafton belatedly surfaced to claim the PM knew the so-called kids overboard claims were phony.

Delivery failure

WHAT is it about the company building skills that are missing from our entrepreneurial ranks in the field of technology?

Joe Poprzeczny - State Scene: Blaming the Butler won’t do

How could wily and experienced politicians like Mr Howard and Tasmania’s late premier, Jim Bacon, have gotten it so wrong?

The trouble with staff

I hate to repeat myself week in and week out, but the skills shortage in Western Australia is looming as a major issue for this State.

Joe Poprzeczny: State Scene - Taming Labor’s wild boar

Political scientists have expended tens of thousands of hours over many decades researching why people vote in particular ways.

Reader Response - Case of deja vu

Mr Barnett’s so-called new policy (‘Liberals release IR plan’ WA Business News August 5) is not new, it’s back to future – back to the unhappy days of the Court Government’s unfair industrial relation

Labor could create an IR minefield

Overshadowed by some clever politicking by Labor leader Mark Latham on the US Free Trade Agreement, the Federal Opposition’s industrial relations policy has failed to get the scrutiny it deserves.

Joe Poprzeczny: StateScene - Political opportunities lost

As the past two State Scene columns have considered the forthcoming State election – predicting Labor will win in the legislative assembly, thereby forming the next government, and the conservatives will re-gain control of the legislative council – this w

Reader Response - The council account

I write with regard to the article “Council ad deal queried” (WA Business News, July 22).May I address some matters that were reported.A councillor stated that: “Not once did Marketforce mention North

The politics of industrial relations

The approaching Western Australian and Federal elections have the industrial relations lobby groups and political IR policy makers hard at work.  The agenda will probably not be too different from pre