Politics & the Economy

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Coal to reclaim mantle as nation’s top export earner

Shorten's captain's call was bad timing

Labor leader Bill Shorten has backed down from his ‘captain’s call’ to roll back company tax cuts for businesses with turnovers between $10 million and $50 million a year, after a leadership meeting today.

Treasury highlights risk of failure to sell TAB

The state government is aiming to decide the future of the TAB by the end of this year, following today's release of a Treasury paper warning that failure to sell the state’s betting agency could create a major risk for the longevity of the local racing industry.

Labor’s by-election backlash

Despite the turnaround in the Darling Range by-election, the Liberals would do well not to get ahead of themselves.

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Shorten hit by Labor tax backlash

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Chevron set to axe 400 jobs

$640m+ likely from partial Landgate privatisation

The state government will partially privatise title registry agency Landgate in a move expected to raise at least $640 million, with the money to be used to fund the state's share of the National Redress Scheme for child abuse victims.

Innovation a key trade advantage

International opportunities for Western Australian startups, microgrid developers and the biotech sector are expected to develop in coming years, according to the state’s trade representatives.

GRA repositions after 10 years

Perth lobbying firm GRA Everingham has announced a new name along with a broadening of its services and an update to its ownership.

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ATO hunts down multinational companies for $2.7bn

Confidence up as explorers win $31m grants

Stavely Minerals, Prodigy Gold, Chalice Gold Mines and St George Mining are among the Western Australian miners that will share in $31 million allocated through the federal government’s Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive announced today.

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Hack probe on land transfers

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Building failures hit WA for up to $654m

Tax relief flows west

A greater proportion of Western Australian taxpayers are likely to benefit from immediate changes to tax thresholds passed through parliament yesterday than other states, according to Business News analysis of Australian Taxation Office data.

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$1bn hit on Ramsay as private patients opt out

$144bn tax plan passes Senate

Nearly three in four taxpayers will pay a marginal tax rate of 32.5 per cent from 2025, with the government’s plan to flatten the income tax system approved by the Senate today, despite moves to lower company tax still stalled.

WA population grows 0.8%

Western Australia’s population growth remains subdued, with the state recording a 0.8 per cent increase for the 12 months to December, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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Tax cuts set to pass but it’s still war

Pilbara leads spike in WA job vacancies

Job vacancies in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions hit their highest level in four years in May, as demand for engineers, IT professionals and automotive trade workers in Western Australia takes off.

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Trade war escalates, wiping billions off Asian stocks

Ashburton, Peppermint Grove nation's highest income locales

Western Australians still have higher median incomes than those in other states despite recent softening, according to data released today, with Ashburton and Peppermint Grove the nation’s top local government areas by the measure.