Politics & the Economy

Round 3: An eye on the clock in View from the Arch

This week the Treasurer and Ministers for Trade, Health and Aged Care faced their opposite numbers in debates. Meanwhile, the final preference deals were made and Mersey Hospital re-opened as the PM and Opposition Leader attended another soldier's funeral

State launches franchise inquiry

The State Government will launch an inquiry into the operation of franchise businesses in WA, examining existing laws governing their operations.

Worlsey Alumina wins top mining safety award

Worsley Alumina Pty Ltd has won the 2007 MINEX Award, the mining industry's highest accolade for safety and health practices.

Midwest gets road haul extension

Iron ore miner Midwest Corporation Ltd has been granted a last minute extension by the minister for planning and infrastructure Alannah MacTiernan to continue trucking its ore to the Geraldton port until December 31.

State calls for renewable energy tenders

The State Government will call for tenders to supply 26 gigawatt hours - five per cent of the energy it needs - from a renewable source, Energy Minister Francis Logan has announced.

State releases Shoalwater management plan

The State Government has released the final management plan for the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park off the coast of Rockingham.

Plantation Energy signs $12m supply deal with FPC

The State Government's Forest Products Commission has signed a $12 million deal with Nedlands-based Plantation Energy Ltd to supply low grade plantation pine logs to the company for use in its timber fuel pellet plant.

Patersons launches funds management division

Patersons Securities Limited has announced plans to establish a funds management division, joining other stockbroking firms such as Euroz Securities and Argonaut Securities in making this move.

Culture corner

Loretta Martella - KULCHA Multicultural Arts of WA

Luxury brands buying in to Perth

Their stores occupy some of the most exclusive real estate in the world, but with retail spending at an all-time high in Western Australia, luxury brands such as Versace, Tiffany & Co, Chanel and La Perla are suddenly taking notice of Perth.

Lot release to salve shortfall

The state government's land agency, LandCorp, is planning a 40 per cent increase in the number of housing lots it releases across regional Western Australia in 2007-08 as it seeks to keep up with burgeoning demand in mining-rich regional towns such as Por

The new WA economy

The term ‘new economy’ was a popular buzz phrase during the dot com boom of the late 1990s.

Not for profit: Hands-on role for Spare Parts

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is aiming to boost its international profile as it prepares to host the puppetry equivalent of the Olympic Games next year.

Premium rents for premier positions

Retailers may be enjoying some of the strongest market conditions on record in Western Australia, but their landlords are making sure the good times are shared around.

IR changes planned

The state government has introduced a package of industrial relations reforms that look set to undermine parts of the federal government’s WorkChoices legislation and increase the powers of the WA Industrial Relations Commission.

Approval for university land project

The University of Western Australia’s long-running battle to develop a 33-hectare parcel of land in Shenton Park looks set to proceed after the Environmental Protection Authority concluded that its proposal was acceptable.

Gindalbie, Midwest projects at risk

A state government review of iron ore developments in the Mid West has been welcomed by companies with major projects in the region but left a cloud over several potential mines.

Burke spotlight on McGinty

It’s not often a really fascinating tip-off falls into a journalist’s lap.

New retail design challenges big box dominance

With hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on the development of new shopping centres in Western Australia, the design of the centre can make or break it.

EPA approval lifts Olympia

Shares in Olympia Resources got a much-needed boost this week after the company received approval from the state’s environmental watchdog for the development of a mineral sands mine at Keysbrook, 70 kilometres south of Perth.

Blair wins top science gong

University of Western Australia physics professor and expert in gravitational science, Professor David Blair, has been named as the 2007 Western Australian Scientist of the Year.