Politics & the Economy

Labor national secretary preparing to quit

The Australian Labor Party is about to lose its national secretary Noah Carroll, as the party rebuilds following its shock federal election loss.

Survey finds Perth presents mixed identity

A Committee for Perth report compiled by Ipsos made waves last month when it found nearly a quarter of residents would describe the Western Australian capital to visitors as ‘average’, ‘boring’, ‘dull’ and ‘parochial’.

Coalition clinches crossbench tax support

Australian workers could receive an extra $1,000 when they lodge their tax returns from next week, after the federal government secured crossbench support for its flagship tax cut package.

Aussie trade surplus hits record $5.7bn

Australia's trade surplus hit a record $5.7 billion in May after a $925 million monthly rise largely on the back of iron ore exports to China.

Money growth impact looms

Australia's monetary expansion during the past decade has been among the most substantial in the developed world, according to recent data, with the Reserve Bank today continuing an easing policy.

RBA cuts again to take cash rate to 1%

The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut the cash rate to a fresh record low of 1.0 per cent, reducing the cost of borrowing for two months in a row for the first time since 2012.

Wyatt’s old wounds still scarred

SPECIAL REPORT: Ken Wyatt has overcome numerous challenges on the path to becoming the most powerful advocate for Aboriginal Australians.

BN30 shows shares slow in the west

Western Australia’s listed companies have trailed the broader market in the past year, with the Business News BN30 index rising 5.2 per cent as the ASX 200 lifted 7.2 per cent.

Promoting Perth’s all-round appeal

OPINION: The WA capital’s great natural environment has seemingly blinded its residents to the other aspects that make the city a great place to live.

Administrations down despite builder, bar pressure

Administrations in Western Australia hit their lowest level in five years in the March quarter, but pressure continues for construction and hospitality.

Harvey makes bold policy push

OPINION: Liza Harvey hasn’t taken long to put her mark on the Liberal leadership in WA.

Harvey names shadow ministry

Newly minted opposition leader Liza Harvey has revealed her shadow cabinet, with former leader Mike Nahan appointed as shadow minister for planning and Asian engagement.

WA reaches royalties deal with BHP

The Western Australian government has brokered a $250 million settlement with BHP over a royalties dispute.

Govt to spend extra $30m on community services

The state government says it will reverse indexation changes made by the previous Liberal National Government, and commit an additional $30.2 million to the community services sector.

Transparency issues for City of Melville

The state government inquiry into the City of Melville has highlighted transparency issues, following nearly 300 complaints made against the City since 2014.

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.