Politics & the Economy

Trade war looms as tipping point

The trade war between the world’s two biggest economies is the latest sign of potential economic trouble just over the horizon.

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Low appetite for office builds

CPB wins Wanneroo Rd upgrade

CPB Contractors has added to its portfolio of Main Roads projects after being selected as preferred contractor for a $50 million upgrade of the Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive intersection.

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ASIC power upgrade puts financial giants on notice

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WA stocks top $190bn

Deloitte wins Ellenbrook contract

Deloitte has won a state government contract to prepare a business case for the Morley to Ellenbrook rail line, to be undertaken in parallel with another study looking at route options.

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Morrison to hit banks for fleecing customers

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Rio flags asset sales as returns soar

Cant appointed new Finance boss

Landgate chief executive Jodi Cant has been appointed as the new director general of the Department of Finance, but the state government is still looking for a permanent boss for the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

Green light for local govt reforms

The state government has today announced a host of local government reforms, including provisions related to councillors and chief executives receiving gifts.

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Palmer fight with Sino Iron a threat to WA’s mining future, CITIC warns

Forrest pledges $100m for oceans research

Minderoo Foundation has today announced a $100 million research initiative designed to study and protect global marine life and its chairman Andrew Forrest has used the occasion to attack the federal government’s new marine parks plan.

Nahan in US tax dispute

Updated: State opposition leader Mike Nahan has revealed that his attempts to renounce his US citizenship in 2008 failed due to an ongoing tax dispute with the US government.

Report adds pressure to Synergy split

It may have gone largely unnoticed in Western Australia, but a recent report into the east coast's electricity market could have major implications for the state, including for government-owned monopoly power business Synergy.

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Wyatt looks at ending subsidies

Joint directors for Healthway and Lotterywest

The state government today announced a further aligning of Healthway and Lotterywest through the appointment of common board members, including former Labor health minister Jim McGinty.

Liberals' radical GST report

A specially commissioned Liberal Party WA report is set to reignite controversy over the way Goods and Services Tax revenue is redistributed just as federal treasurer Scott Morrison was hoping the states would accept his recent compromise proposal.

WA economy shows improvement

Despite maintaining its position as the worst performing state in the country, Western Australia’s economy showed improving levels of investment, according to the latest CommSec State of the States report.

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PM pressured to dump tax cuts

WA migration hits historic low

Western Australia registered its largest net population loss from interstate migration on record in the 2016-17 financial year, after nearly 14,000 departed to other parts of the country.

No substitute for experience

While Bob Carr’s new book may be criticised by some within Labor ranks, it contains some timely advice for politicians of all hues.