Politics & the Economy

Asset sales halted after 1990s flurry

BN 25th Anniversary series- WA has been slow to introduce private ownership to some state industries, although a series of moves during the Court era generated benefits, according to one prominent WA economist.

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Wesfarmers holds $12b M&A pile

Local GDP boost

Western Australia has recorded its first year-on-year economic growth in more than four years, while the national economy expanded 1 per cent in the March quarter, official figures show.

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Cartel case nets six bankers

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CBA cops record $700m hit

Minimum wage lifted 3.5%

The Fair Work Commission has delivered a 3.5 per cent increase to the minimum wage as part of its annual review.

By-election a reality check

The state government is hoping it has done enough to sway the vote its way in this month’s Darling Range by-election.

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Amazon geoblocks Australia

Govt, industry at odds over livestock monitoring

An animal welfare group has been granted access to Fremantle harbour to observe livestock loading in a move that has been criticized by industry groups.

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Councils told to rein in rate increases

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Chinese investment plummets as tougher taxes take toll

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Great super rip-off exposed

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Wesfarmers eyes $2bn pubs sale

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Part-time rise in State job market

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Westfield ‘done deal’ for Unibail

Company tax holding Australia back

High company taxes are one of the biggest impediments to Australia’s economic success, according to the latest global competitiveness index by Swiss business school IMD, although improving infrastructure and government efficiency have helped boost the country’s overall rating.

Battery plant rumoured for Wesfarmers

Interest is growing in Kwinana as a possible battery manufacturing hub, with Wesfarmers mooted to be considering a move into the sector and representatives from US electric car manufacturer Tesla in Perth to meet with Premier Mark McGowan today.

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Santos rejects $14.5bn Harbour bid

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CBA ‘had no ulterior motive for loan default’

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Property cooling spreading

Confidence in China relationship

Australian businesses can be confident that strong personal relationships with their partners in China can help overcome any short-term problems between the governments of the two countries, according to two local business executives with close ties to the Asian powerhouse.