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Outlook uncertain amid foreign fracas

OPINION: WA has no control over the biggest issue facing its short-term economic outlook – the US-China trade war, which could cut demand for the state’s commodities.

Australia won't be trade war 'bystander'

Australians cannot be "passive bystanders" as the United States and China work through their trade differences, Scott Morrison has warned.

Kobelke passes away aged 69

Former Western Australian government minister and Labor MP John Kobelke, who served in state parliament for nearly 25 years, has passed away aged 69.

Labor offers government deal on tax cuts

Tax cuts could be made law as early as next week if the Morrison government meets Labor at the negotiating table.

Morrison vows to pass tax cuts, fight regulation

Scott Morrison vowed to roll back regulation, pass tax reform and fight militant unions in his first major economic speech since the LNP’s surprise election victory this past month.

Minister seeks axing of construction union

Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter says the peak construction and mining union should be deregistered and he's prioritising laws that could help make that happen.

Bishop to chair Telethon Kids

Perth’s Telethon Kids Institute has announced former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop will be its next chair.

WA population growth slowly lifting

Australia’s annual population growth rate increased to 1.63 per cent in 2018, and while WA’s growth rate has improved, it continues to be one of the slowest growing states.

Govt ICT project to blow out by more than $23.7m

The Office of the Auditor General has found a project to replace PathWest’s ‘laboratory information system’ is now expected to be two years late and cost nearly double the project’s original $26.8 million budget.

Podcast: consumer sentiment and the state of polling

PODCAST: Mark Pownall talks to market researcher Kristen Turnbull from CoreData about WA consumer sentiment and impact of Federal Election result on consumer perception/behaviour, as well as the fallout from the failure of the polls to predict the outcome.

International visitors decline despite record tourist numbers

The number of international tourists visiting Western Australia has hit record levels, but overall international visitors to the state, including students, have declined.

Fed govt rules out tax change by June 30

The federal government has ruled out bringing the next sitting of parliament forward a week to legislate its promised tax cuts by the end of this financial year.

Tough calls make a mountain of difference

The wages of Australian workers could almost double in real terms by 2060, with manufacturing showing the biggest potential, aided by technology adoption and better management practices, according to a new report.

Trade war may spark rare earth opportunity

An exotic mineral once mined Iluka Resources could bring about a resurgence in demand, as US-China tensions persist.

WA Labor backs Setka expulsion

WA Labor’s state executive has backed a motion calling for the expulsion of construction union boss John Setka, albeit by a small margin, and with Premier Mark McGowan using the issue to step up his attack on Maritime Union of Australia boss Christy Cain.

Harvey’s policies rebuffed by business

Business peak groups have slammed newly minted opposition leader Liza Harvey’s policy shifts on public sector wages, privatising Western Power, and retail trading hours.

Local defence ecosystem grows business

SPECIAL REPORT: A strong network has developed in WA to help local businesses gain access to defence opportunities across the country.

Cracks emerge in state pay policy

The public sector union is claiming it has broken the state’s wages policy on the back of a new enterprise agreement offer that includes a range of new entitlements such as an extra holiday, superannuation during unpaid parental leave, and cultural leave for Aboriginal employees.

Changes to WA’s minimum wage leave few satisfied

WA’s Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) this morning announced a 2.75 per cent increase to the state minimum wage, provoking criticisms from unions and business groups.

Regulatory changes to support WA sheep farmers

The state government has announced new regulations to help boost lamb exports, which hit a record $306 million in 2018.

WA's unemployment rate rises again

Western Australia was the only state in the country to record both a decrease in employment numbers and an increase in its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May.

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