Politics & the Economy

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.

Restoring confidence key

OPINION: In WA and on the national stage, the men in charge of the purse strings face challenges of control and confidence.

Liza Harvey new Libs leader

Liza Harvey has been elected unopposed as leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party in WA with Bill Marmion chosen as her deputy.

Mike Nahan resigns as Liberal leader

Mike Nahan announced at 7pm last night his intention to step down as leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party, with a view to installing a new leader by the end of this week.

McGowan announces nation’s first automation courses

Premier Mark McGowan announced this morning that South Metropolitan TAFE will begin offering automation courses from semester two, 2019, the first of such nationally recognised qualifications available in Australia.

Albanese seeks John Setka ALP expulsion

Anthony Albanese is moving to expel John Setka from the Labor Party, after the controversial union official criticised anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty.

Aust eyes jobs data after long weekend

Australian financial markets are waiting to see if a purported jump in confidence on the back of the federal coalition's election win is reflected in key jobs, consumer and business data due this week

WA facing gas pressure

With the Environmental Protection Authority starting public consultation today on its greenhouse gas assessments, the state government could do more to provide certainty for investors in WA’s potential gas projects.

Pauline Hanson to block coalition tax cuts

Pauline Hanson has declared she will not support the coalition government's tax cuts when federal parliament returns next month.

Moody’s upgrades WA’s credit rating

Ratings agency Moody's has announced that it will lift Western Australia’s credit rating from Aa2 to Aa1, with the McGowan government's strong control over spending highlighted as a key reason.

WA economy continues to shrink

Western Australia’s domestic economy was the smallest it has been since 2010 in the March quarter, with state final demand just below $50 billion.

Gold steadies after hitting 3-month peak

Gold steadied below a three-month peak on Tuesday on news China was open to negotiating its trade dispute with the United States, while rising expectations the US Federal Reserve will cut interest rates provided underlying support.

RBA cuts rate to record low amid house price slump

The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut the cash rate to 1.25 per cent, a day after CoreLogic data revealed Perth house prices continue to fall more sharply than other state capitals.