Politics & the Economy

Barnett bans Nalder from cabinet meeting

Premier Colin Barnett has reportedly told Agriculture and Transport Minister Dean Nalder not to attend a regional cabinet meeting because his presence would be a distraction.

Holding the line on wages challenge

The Barnett government is in no position to quell union unrest with generous pay deals.

Court ruling opens up native title claims

A Federal Court ruling that was the first ever assessment of native title compensation in Australia is expected to lead to more claims by Aboriginal groups.

Ausgrid call shows where trade power lies – for now

ANALYSIS: Balancing WA's trade needs with Australia's broader geopolitical and strategic interests is a challenge for leaders in this state.

Barnett accuses Poynton of interference

Businessman John Poynton has denied interfering in Premier Colin Barnett's leadership of the state government amid an outcry about a poll commissioned by powerful businessmen showing the Liberal Party on track to lose the March election.

Record residential vacancies in Perth

Perth's residential rental vacancy rate has reached a record high of 5.2 per cent with 10,738 homes currently untenanted, according to property group SQM Research.

Motorists still paying too much at bowser: ACCC

Petrol prices reached 14-year low averages in the past year but gross retail margins hit fresh highs, the competition watchdog says.

Big banks risk from weak economy: Moody's

Ratings agency Moody's has downgraded the outlook for Australia's banking system, warning that a challenging environment could hit banks' bottom lines and leave them more at risk to external shocks.

Brexit good news for ASX bottom line

Britain's vote to leave the EU may have caused anxiety for some, but the flurry of trade that followed gave the Australian Securities Exchange a boost to its bottom line.

MacTiernan could return to WA politics

Former federal ALP Member for Perth Alannah MacTiernan has been backed to return to state politics after veteran Labor MP Ken Travers announced he was quitting parliament.

Sellers appointed Transport director general

The state government has appointed Richard Sellers to the role of director general of the Department of Transport, succeeding Reece Waldock who retired last month.

WA jobless rate rises to 6.3%

Western Australia's unemployment rate jumped from 5.7 per cent to 6.3 per cent in July, according to new data.

Perth performs in livable cities index

Perth's healthcare system and infrastructure provision, not the climate or beaches, were two winning attributes that lifted the city to seventh place among the world's most liveable, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Red tape cut for solar

Commercial property owners seeking to install solar panels under long-term purchase agreements have received a boost, with the state government announcing cuts to licensing red tape for providers.

Mining sector innovates on IR

Resources businesses are developing innovative workplace relations strategies in response to a lack of reform from government, as costs come under continued scrutiny due to low commodity prices.

GST change not expected soon

Western Australia is unlikely to pocket a larger share of the GST pie before its voters go to the polls early in 2017 after Treasurer Scott Morrison warned any change in the distribution formula would be made gradually and was "down the track".

SMEs seek leadership, reform

SPECIAL REPORT: Small businesses have taken a hit as confidence drops and the economy slows, but there are a few things governments can do to begin to alleviate the pain.

HSBC expects mining investment to level out

The decline in mining investment is set to end by mid-2017 following four years of decline, according to banking giant HSBC.

Morrison blocks NSW Ausgrid lease bidders

Treasurer Scott Morrison has made a surprise decision to block two consortiums from bidding on a 99-year lease of New South Wales electricity network operator Ausgrid, in a move that would be a bad omen for a sale of Western Power.

Murphy takes aim at ministers over confidentiality claims

The auditor general has slammed Liberal ministers Peter Collier, Kim Hames and Liza Harvey for withholding information in parliament.