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Politics & the Economy

ASX rejects gold royalties ‘Tanzania’ claim

The Australian Securities Exchange has asked the Chamber of Minerals & Energy of Western Australia to retract a statement claiming the ASX could force listed gold miners to suspend trading in their shares because of the planned increased in WA's gold royalty.

Dunsborough Puma planning stoush persists

The two-year saga over a proposed 24-hour Puma fuel station in Dunsborough has taken a new turn, with the Southern Joint Development Assessment Panel lodging an appeal in the Supreme Court against the State Administrative Tribunal’s ruling in favour of the development.

Ritter to head IR review

Unions and businesses have welcomed a review of Western Australia’s industrial relations system, the only remaining state-based scheme operating in parallel with federal laws in the country.

Labor faces upper house highwire act

OPINION: Labor will need to compromise if its budget plans are to pass the parliament, and a push for upper house reform may not be out of the question.

Bio Organics founder seeks council seat

Benjamin Avila hopes that winning a seat on the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale council will enable him to assist businesses avoid the fate that befell his.

State aims for 50% women on boards

The state government has set itself the target of increasing the number of women appointed to its boards, committees and advisory bodies to 50 per cent by 2019, though it has a long way to go before hitting gender equality at its major trading enterprises.

WA considers minimum price on alcohol

The state government is considering enforcing a floor price on takeaway booze to stop people getting drunk on cheap alcohol, but the opposition says it is a cost impost on households and red tape burden on businesses.

Karratha opposes new Fifo camp

The City of Karratha has strongly opposed Woodside Petroleum’s plans for a 700-bed fly-in, fly-out camp, but the final decision rests with Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti, who is playing her cards close to her chest.

Targeted tech funding vital

OPINION: While the dollar amounts are small, the recent state budget contained some positive news for startups and the tech sector.

Visa changes move goals for business

SPECIAL REPORT: Stricter visa rules are making it harder for businesses in WA to explore overseas options to meet their skilled labour needs

Recruiters adapt to a changing marketplace

SPECIAL REPORT: A possible skills shortage is among the challenges facing WA recruiters, amid an uptick in mining and hiring across the board.

Kobelke to head Swan Valley inquiry

Former police minister and Labor member for Balcatta, John Kobelke, has been appointed to head a review of the Swan Valley’s planning framework, Planning Minister Rita Saffioti announced today.

Horizon beats subsidy cut target

State-owned regional power provider Horizon Power has recorded a $35.4 million net profit for the year to June, while hitting its targeted reduction of government subsidies more than a year ahead of time.

Synergy loss as gas, power sales fall

State-owned power generator and retailer Synergy has recorded a loss of $12.6 million for the 2017 financial year on the back of lower sales revenue and a large impairment due to the early closure of its generation capacity.

WA unemployment up to 5.9%

Unemployment jumped 0.5 percentage points in August to a seasonally adjusted 5.9 per cent in Western Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Nahan calls for parliamentary budget office

Opposition leader Mike Nahan has called for a parliamentary budget office to be established as part of his budget reply speech today, while lashing out at Labor for not funding the Ellenbrook rail line.

McGowan wants Labor leaks to stop

Premier Mark McGowan says he is disappointed internal documents have been leaked to the opposition following the state budget last week.

Turnbull to stare down energy revolt on backbench

Malcolm Turnbull is staring down coalition backbenchers concerned that a proposed clean energy target could push up power prices and undermine coal-fired power.

Payroll hike to cost 1,300 jobs: CCI

About 1,300 jobs will be lost because of the state government’s proposed increases to payroll tax, according to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA.

Household budgets squeezed, sentiment low

Soaring power bills and other hits on the household budget mean consumers remain downbeat despite a better jobs outlook, an economist says.

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