Politics & the Economy

Vogel’s approvals lifeline

The Environmental Protection Authority’s new chairman, Dr Paul Vogel, plans to overhaul the way the agency manages the approvals process to avoid “drowning” in a sea of applications as the wave of resources activity continues to gather momentum.

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

ASIC bans former fitness owner for 4 years

A Kalgoorlie-based fitness centre operator has been disqualified from managing corporations for four years by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, after breaching his duties as a mana

State calls on mining companies to clean up act

The State Government has fined exploration companies Golden West Resources and Hancock Prospecting after an industry review uncovered "widespread environmental and regulatory breaches".

Gippsland signs 10-year offtake deal with German company

Claremont-based Gippsland Ltd subsidiary Tantalum Egypt JSC has secured a 10 year offtake deal with German company HC Starck GbmH for the supply of tantalum peroxide from its 40 million tonne Abu Dabbab project in Southern Egypt.

Taxi fares, numbers to increase

The state government has announced a 2.6 per cent increase in taxi fares from the middle of November, while also announcing that an additional 100 peak period taxi plates will be issued to handle the Christmas and New Year period.

Today's Business Headlines

BHP tips Pilbara rail access unchanged by merger plan » Good times keep rolling for Australia's top executives » Most farmers 'care little' for single desk » Orica welcomes merger deal » JBWere talks the talk after exodus.

CBH Resources faces boardroom battle

A board battle at zinc, lead and silver miner CBH Resources Ltd has seen the company appoint a corporate advisor to examine control and ownership issues, following the failure of a resolution to remove company chairman Jim Wall.

Mission Biofuels subsidiary increases stake in Indian JV

Perth-based Mission Biofuels Ltd's Mauritian subsidiary Mission Agro Energy Ltd will acquire a 20 per cent stake in the company's Indian joint venture, taking its holding to 90 per cent, the company has announced.

Dollar closes below 90 US cents, bonds stronger

The Australian dollar finished weaker today, dipping below 90 US cents for the first time in about three weeks, as the global credit crunch continues to batter high-yielding currencies.

More employers registering open requirements: Hays

Employers are increasingly registering open requirements with recruitment firms and will interview a suitable candidate any time they become available, according to recruitment agency Hays.

BHP says Rio merger would hasten iron ore growth

In its first detailed statement on the proposed takever of Rio Tinto Ltd, mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd has asserted that combining the two companies would facilitate accelerated development of the Pilbara iron ore industry.

Round 4: Bulls in china shops in View from the Arch

As the nation watched horses on Tuesday, Wednesday saw a bullish Reserve Bank increase interest rates to 6.75 per cent. Meanwhile, debates were held on the Environment and Industrial Relations as the WA government released a controversial study.

Goodman Fielder backs Chance's GM moratorium

Food giant Goodman Fielder has urged all state governments to continue their moratoria on genetically modified food crops, providing support for agriculture minister Kim Chance's decision to continue a moratorium.

Iron ore miners claim minimal impact on BIFs

The Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance claims new analysis shows less than one per cent of the Mid West region's Banded Iron Formation ranges will be mined under current proposals of the eight Alliance companies.

AuDAX acquires Alpine for $3.8m

Perth-based AuDAX Resources Ltd has announced plans to acquire Subiaco-based Alpine Oil and Gas Pty Ltd for a scrip issue worth around $3.8 million, the company has announced.

Test trains to start running on Mandurah line

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced today that RailLink will be running the first test train will on the new Mandurah line between Perth and Rockingham this morning.

Today's Business Headlines

Rio stock set to soar on back of BHP takeover offer; Fortescue on back foot over director, auditor; AGL in hot seat in pay revolt; Westpoint investors keep hopes in check; Wesfarmers chief quick to take control of Coles.

Paladin settles Kayelekera litigation with 4 of 6 opponents

Four of the six civil society organisations posing a legal challenge to Paladin Resources Ltd's Kayelekera mine in Malawi have settled their cases out of court, the Subiaco-based mineral explorer has announced.

Herald to raise $100m for Dairi zinc, lead mine

West Perth-based Herald Resources Ltd has announced plans to raise $100 million in a capital raising after securing environmental approval for work on its Dairi zinc and lead mine in Indonesia, the company has announced.

State gets 'C' rating from planners

The Western Australian government, like its counterparts in most other states, has been a given a "C" rating by the planning profession.