Politics & the Economy

Plenty of life in old pollies

State Scene hopes opportunities arise during 2008 that will enable a historical assessment of recent contemporary events, making them more meaningful in the wider context.

Lagan a South West wine pioneer

Wine pioneer Dr John Lagan was a hard-working wine enthusiast rather than a businessman, according to his son, Conor, who joined members of the wine industry, former patients and friends at a memorial service for his father last week.

Exports to lead WA growth

The crisis in the US housing market has led to mounting concerns about the global economic outlook, but recent analyses have concluded that Western Australian exporters have little to worry about.

Wine bar plan hits hurdle

An up-market wine bar planned for Leederville’s Oxford Street has been stopped in its tracks after the Town of Vincent rejected planning approval, leaving its developer nursing $30,000 in costs and considering taking the business to Melbourne or overseas.

Trade opportunities

The Western Australian Trade Enquiry Service is operated by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) with the support of the WA Government’s Department of Industry and Resources

Residential property outlook 2008

The Australian Property Institute, in conjunction with Finsia, is holding its fifth annual residential property outlook breakfast, January 31 at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Stockbrokers increase their staff

Montagu Stockbrokers has jumped ahead of rival stockbroking firm DJ Carmichael & Co in terms of number of advisers it employs, according to the latest survey of the industry by WA Business News.

Non-residential sales deliver big tax take

Western Australia’s robust non-residential property market has delivered a tax windfall to the state government, although rising costs have partially offset the gains, according to the government’s mid-year budget review.

Culture corner

Paul Swain - Greenhill Galleries

Budget surprises

The holiday season is usually a slow news period, but one very important announcement that came out between Christmas and new year was the state government’s mid-year budget review.

Not For Profit: Funds to follow policy review

Some charities and non-government agencies in the human services sectors are set to benefit from a boost in funding, after a revision of the state government’s indexation policy delivered an extra $36.3 million for organisations over the next three years.

Defender of states' rights

It is fitting that the life and legacy of Sir Charles Court, the trade unionist’s son who became Western Australian Liberal premier, be celebrated when the state is in the midst of an unprecedented time of economic prosperity.

Labour shortage threat to growth

Western Australia’s stellar economic growth continues to outpace the rest of the country, despite ongoing labour constraints and wage pressures.

Five new heritage councillors appointed

Five new councillors have been appointed to the Heritage Council of Western Australia, with long-standing councillor Gerry Gauntlett continuing in his position as chairperson.

Stockland gets 120% return on Karrinyup sale

Property group Stockland has sold its 25 per cent stake in the Karrinyup shopping centre for $152.5 million, more than doubling the value of its original investment.

Cut stamp duty after 31% rise: REIWA

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia has again called on the state government to reign in the state's runaway stamp duty, after new estimates reveal stamp duty on residential homes has blown out by 31 per cent this financial year.

Today's Business Headlines

Banks give Swan an interest rate slap; Bad year tipped for super; Race is on to power desalination plant; Alinta shareholders are better off: Indermauer; Investors wary after second stockmarket correction

WA drought assistance grants available for small business

Non-farm small businesses in drought affected areas of Western Australia can apply for the state government's Dry Season Assistance grants today.

Uran to appeal failed Czech exploration application

West Perth-based uranium explorer Uran Ltd has lodged an appeal against a decision by authorities in the Czech Republic to decline its licence application to explore the significant Brzkov deposit.

Chevron expands Gorgon to 15mt, orders $670m drilling unit

Oil and gas producer Chevron is planning to seek environmental approval for an additional gas production train on Barrow Island, after deciding to expand the capacity of its proposed Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project by 50 per cent.

Matt Birney to retire from politics

Former Western Australian opposition leader Matt Birney announced today that he would be retiring from politics at the next state election, due in early 2009, to pursue opportunities in the private sector.