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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer, Matt Mckenzie, and Tori Wilson discuss Synergy and renewable energy, the Atlas Iron takeover, live sheep exports, Bill Shorten’s Perth visit, a new report on Kwinana, and the debate over training and apprenticeships.

Take charge when the sale stalls

The better prepared for the objection you are before you make the sales call, the more likely you’ll get past the customer’s blocks.

Facebook fail a costly lesson

Social media companies are feeling the heat over the mishandling of users’ data.

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PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss house price recovery, lithium contract win, automation in WA, remuneration report, GST, indigenous contracting, our feature on corporate finance includes big recent takeovers and the trends in other mergers and acquisitions + a capital raising wrap-up.

Who can’t handle the truth?

It’s one thing to call for transparency when in opposition, but another altogether to provide full accountability when in government.

Rubber meets road on health

Opinion: The business community’s embrace of cycling fundraising events provides benefits way beyond just the dollar value raised.

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PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Applecross towers, Scarborough high-rise, Gary Brown-Neaves, infrastructure priorities, cycling fund raisers, Wayne Martin retires, and our special report on agribusiness.

Be prepared

Opinion: As with the boy scouts, in sales it pays to do your homework.

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