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Warning of deaths over solar panels

Forecasting complicates Westport planning

A Chinese banking crisis that leads to a significant economic downturn might considerably delay Fremantle harbour reaching its container capacity, while other scenarios might accelerate traffic, according to previously unpublished economic modelling by Deloitte.

Appointments wrap

Former Synergy executive Stephanie Unwin is set to lead regional energy retailer Horizon Power next year, while Screenwest, SNC-Lavalin, Worksafe WA and Destination Perth have also announced significant appointments.

OECD keeps tax reform agenda alive

Reform to cut the government’s dependence on income and company taxes remains a high priority for Australia, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, while contingency plans are urgently needed in case of a sustained fall in house prices.

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Oil plunge hammers shares

Pluto gas enters domestic orbit

Domestic gas has started flowing from Woodside Petroleum’s Pluto plant near Karratha today, around six years after LNG exports from the facility got under way.

Airport rail project hit with 12-month delay

The state government has announced a delay of up to 12 months at the Forrestfield-Airport Link due to tunneling issues, but says the rail project’s $1.9 billion budget will not be impacted.

Economic glass starting to look less than half empty

Domestic and international events are on a collision course, with 2019 to pose a plethora of challenges for business leaders.

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PM’s $9.2bn tax cut plan for election

McGowan hits targets, Cormann prominent

SPECIAL REPORT: Mathias Cormann has been deeply entwined in the federal government’s fortunes this year, while a win on GST distribution has boosted standing for Mark McGowan and Ben Wyatt.

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Coalition $30bn in the black

Signs point to coal closures

Older coal fired power stations such as Synergy’s Muja C&D could begin closing in 2023, driven by changing market dynamics, while harsher carbon policies would accelerate shutdowns, according to a recent report by the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Curbing wild election promises

Opinion: With the government seemingly on track to delivery a budget surplus, one key aspect of the Langoulant review is worth another look.

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Corporate tax take increases by 19 per cent

McGowan reshuffles cabinet

Premier Mark McGowan has reallocated six portfolios within his cabinet, including the energy portfolio being transferred from Treasurer Ben Wyatt to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.

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GIC backs $326m buy as mining cities regain lustre

Freight links still key for Freo port future

Fremantle’s port has room to grow container trade, possibly for three decades, according to a new report by the state government’s Westport taskforce, but freight infrastructure improvements are needed in the short term at Fremantle, Bunbury and Kwinana.

WA misses out on space station

The state government has voiced its frustration at the Commonwealth’s decision to choose Adelaide as the home of Australia’s $41 million space agency.

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Financiers take control of $61 million Park Avenue apartment complex

Powerful players pressure premier

Opinion: Two high-profile billionaires have the state government in their sights, and Premier Mark McGowan has some tough decisions ahead.

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Australia seeks more of lithium battery pie

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