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State Scene - Lobbying for transparency

THE issue of lobbying resurfaced in the media last week. WA’s current lobbying activities were first highlighted early this year and Premier Geoff Gallop has had a tortuous time explaining his Government’s handling of it.

Editorial - It’s all too clear to us, now

WHILE new Australian Stock Exchange rules for corporate governance should be viewed as a victory for common sense, I can’t help wondering if it is all too little too late – and not just from the regulator.

State Scene - An executive decision

TWO Saturdays ago a conference was held in the WA Constitutional Centre, one of the historic buildings on the hillock behind Parliament House.

REIWA clarity

IT was disappointing that REIWA was implicated in your story “Agent to Face Inquiry” (WA Business News, March 20 2003) as the apparent source of media comment on a matter concerning a REIWA member age

State Scene - Meanwhile, back at the ranch

TWO Geraldton-based fishing companies – Latitude Fisheries and Tohzai King – are gearing up to agist fish at sea.

Editorial - War for trade?

THE war. It is a topic that is not far from everyone’s thoughts at the moment as our troops become involved in this controversial conflict.

Editorial - Burrup Hiccup?

THE recent setback for the development of the Burrup – with delays to the Canadian-based company Methanex’s plans to build a methanol plant – shows how fragile investment in major projects can be in a global economy.

Fractionalised waste system

YOUR editorial of February 6 noted that it was “time to clean up the mess” in WA.  Your commentary stated that: “We simply haven’t got the economies of scale to efficiently deal with this issue”.

State Scence - Dam issue won’t go away

THE issue of Western Australia’s freshwater needs persistently rates highly in party political and other local polling. Press reports showing quarter-full dams and constant chatter about the so-called greenhouse effect have had their impact.

Readers Response - Ningaloo Reef – Australian Wildlife Conservancy replies

ON 16th January, WA Business News published an article regarding Ningaloo Reef and Australian Wildlife Conservancy entitled “Wedged on the Reef”.AWC and its directors, Martin Copley and Barry Wilson,

Editorial - Does leadership matter?

LEADERSHIP is something we’ve been banging on about here at WA Business News for years.

State Scene - Beazley bides his time

SOON after the November 2001 Federal election, State Scene quizzed one of WA’s more insightful Federal MPs.

Readers Response

Zimbabwe concern

State Scene - Numbers still favour Nats

ELECTORAL Affairs Minister Jim McGinty’s decision to embark on a costly High Court challenge to the weighting of WA’s rural electorates provides a suitable opportunity to revisit this issue.

Editorial - Alcoa's clue

ALCOA watchers would have had a fascinating few days last week. The company’s Australian-born executive vice president John Pizzey was here for a few days and did some high profile presentations.

Editorial - Deregulation’s hidden agenda

IT has been a long time coming but it seems the fight to deregulate our shopping hours is on in earnest.

State Scene - The changing nature of life on Christmas Island

PHOSPHATE mining and tourism, the two economic staples of tropical Christmas Island – 2630 kilometres north-west of Perth – could be diversified.

Readers Response - Spot-on view

JOE Poprzeczny’s piece “University Law Outdated” (WA Business News, February 20) was spot on.

State Scene - University union fee laws are out of date

HERE are the first three paragraphs from an article in a local newspaper (Western Suburbs Weekly) that reached letterboxes around February 4.

Editorial - Strange return

WHAT a strange place Australia is.

Editorial - Double jeopardy

IT’S an old chestnut, a centuries old law that is a key plank in our legal system – the fact that someone acquitted of a charge may not be tried again for that particular offence.

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