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By-election a reality check

The state government is hoping it has done enough to sway the vote its way in this month’s Darling Range by-election.

Money managers face trust deficit

Opinion: Federal government inquiries are shaking the superannuation tree. What will be interesting is how the different players respond.

What’s in the box, Rob?

Opinion: Investors are awaiting clues as to Wesfarmers’ next moves, as it exits the British hardware business and plans a spin-off of Coles.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss BGC, Wesfarmers, National Lifestyle Villages, battery plant speculation, blockchain, and our special report is information and communications technology.

Good leaders inspire their teams

Managers can encourage or discourage sales with their policies and actions, so what makes a great sales manager?

Concerns for local lithium if Musk’s Tesla tanks

Recent comments by Tesla’s Elon Musk, and his company’s price dive immediately after, will be of interest to the state’s lithium miners.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss defence contracts, LNG developments, high density housing, master entrepreneurs, The West Australian, lithium and our special report on philanthropy.

Liberal move divides party

The GST is a potential sleeper issue as WA heads to three by-elections.

Emotive issues all talk

A renewed activist focus on the carbon sequestration efforts on Barrow Island is, like many populist arguments these days, abusing language to stir up emotions.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss the state and federal budgets, three byelections in WA (or maybe four), regulator activity, and our special report this week is the wine industry.

Benefits of commitment clear

All the marketing in the world won’t help your business if the people who work there aren’t great, and committed to doing their best.

Bigger better no more

Opinion: The current banking royal commission and global shift to downsizing are raising questions as to whether any institution or business is too big to fail, or at least be broken up.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Belmont Park apartments, Lithium projects, Fringe Festival, Chris Sutherland, and BN's special report on universities.

Getting the budget balance right

Opinion: The WA and federal governments have plenty at stake when they release their respective budgets.

The cost of complacency

Will financial services companies wish they had taken a different path all those decades ago, when superannuation nest eggs looked so attractive?

Set the pace on social sales

Opinion: Businesses not fully engaged with the shift to social media are doing themselves and their customers a disservice.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss $3bn federal infrastructure boost, Perth’s urban sprawl, Burrup gas projects, global LNG production, Westin Hotel opens and mining projects.

Digital drive gives power to the people

Keeping pace with the changing demands of a digital marketplace is a challenge for many in business.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall, Matt Mckenzie, and Katie McDonald discuss Gorgon stage two, corporate tax debate, defence contracts, employment data, fracking ban, tourism, and our building and construction feature.

Political posts and power plays

Opinion: The departure of career public servant Stephen Wood has raised questions about the role of the bureaucracy in providing frank and fearless advice.

Union of convenience may be a step too far

Past overreach on IR and current political realities combined to mute the federal government’s options in terms of the new ‘super union’.

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