Politics & the Economy

Barnett criticises Roe 8 opponents

Colin Barnett has criticised protesters for disrupting the government's Roe 8 project, saying they were refusing to accept the courts' decisions and did not deserve sympathy.

Tax priorities among chief concerns for executives

The state's businesses leaders are optimistic about improved conditions in the year ahead, according to feedback from the annual Business News chief executive survey, with tax reform identified as a priority issue whichever party is in government after the March poll.

Ley to resign, Turnbull to reform expenses

Federal Liberal politician Sussan Ley will resign as minister for health, aged care and sport after coming under fire in recent weeks for expense issues, although she insists she followed the ministerial code of conduct.

Business CEOs more cautious in 2017: Survey

Fresh from a year that delivered major political shocks and proved tougher than expected, Australian business leaders are taking a cautious approach to 2017.

Fee focus a sign of the times

SPECIAL REPORT: Several high-profile schools have announced plans for restrained fee changes, including some freezes and reductions, in order to stay competitive after several years of weak economic performance in Western Australia. 

Insolvencies up in September

Rental, hiring and real estate services were among the industries that fared worst as external administrations jumped 14 per cent in Western Australia for the September quarter, as insolvency experts warn that an economic rebound has not yet clearly emerged.

Culleton to appeal bankruptcy

WA Senator Rod Culleton says he will appeal against a Federal Court ruling that he is bankrupt as he fights to save his political career.

BN30 stocks end year on high

An improved performance by some of the state's miners boosted the Business News index of listed Western Australian companies, the BN30, to finish almost 19 per cent higher over the year (2016).

Trade game is changing

OPINION: One month of data and a forecast for strong annual growth in exports is not a trend, but a careful analysis of Australia's latest trade figures appears to confirm that an economic recovery is under way - and that could mean that the currency might be next to move up.

Turnbull’s office to probe Ley scandal

The prime minister has ordered the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to investigate the travel claims surrounding Health Minister Sussan Ley, who has stepped aside from her duties.

Exports up in Pilbara

December throughput was higher at the state's major north-west ports, with the Pilbara Ports Authority reporting nearly 60.5 million tonnes of cargo passing over its docks in the month, up 12 per cent on the same time in 2015.

Feds firm on Roe 8 funds

The federal government will be sticking to its guns on the Roe 8 project, Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher affirmed today, saying the $1.2 billion committed by the Commonwealth to the project would not be reallocated.

Trade numbers point north

A lift in Western Australia's merchandise exports to China of nearly $700 million from October to November helped Australia record its first trade surplus in three years, but more could be on the way this year.

Service sector activity to surge into 2017

Australia's service sector activity is set to surge into the new year after finishing 2016 near a decade high.

Petrol prices set to surge: ACCC warns

Drivers may want to fill up at the servo in coming days with Australian petrol prices set to surge.

Toyota WA's most popular auto brand in soft market

A fall of 5.6 per cent in new vehicle sales for the past year in Western Australia, to 100,234, takes to nearly 22 per cent the reduction in annual sales since 2012.

Culleton denies claims he owes $4 million

Western Australian Senator Rod Culleton has again denied owing large sums of money after this week's latest bizarre public incident - a scuffle outside a Perth court.

Grant, Keystart moves drawing interest: Harvey

Acting Premier Liza Harvey has spruiked the government's recent move to relax the eligibility criteria for Keystart and increase the first homebuyers grant, saying it had received more than 1,100 enquiries.

Ian Fletcher to oversee Exmouth

The state government has suspended the Shire of Exmouth for six months following an investigation and public hearing by the Corruption and Crime Commission.

McGowan to cancel Roe 8

The Roe 8 road project will be cancelled if the Labor Party wins the upcoming state election, opposition leader Mark McGowan said today, even though the government has already signed a contract for construction, with $236 million of funding to be re-allocated to three alternative roads.