Politics & the Economy

Flawed management of IR

I may be one week premature on this, but with just more than a week to go before the federal election, I thought it was worth discussing the poll.

Growing business: Transport training has youth focus

With the volume of freight within Western Australia likely to double in the next five to 10 years as major resources projects come on stream, an innovative new training program is aiming to attract more young people into the industry.

Business class: Skywest marshalls resources

There may not appear to be much upside for tourists from the surging demand for air services by resources companies, unless of course they’ve always wanted to take a break to the Pilbara, kick around the red dirt, and get a glimpse of some heavy machinery

Housing recovery delay – HIA

The Housing Industry Association has warned that Western Australia’s housing affordability crisis will intensify, with the likelihood of two further interest rate rises this cycle.

SKM training centre may provide model for growth

Engineering and project delivery firm, Sinclair Knight Merz, will open a custom-designed safety training centre costing more than $1 million at the Perth domestic airport business precinct early next year

Not for profit: Servicing an aged-care niche

What started out as a small gardening service for elderly Bayswater residents has become a 25-year commitment to aged and disability care from Bayswater Extended Community Help Organisation.

Business class: New players to share in Cable Beach’s unique charms

For almost 20 years Cable Beach Club Resort has been the only luxury resort to offer its guests the famous Cable Beach strip at their doorstep, but that is set to change.

Test stifles AWAs

Joondalup-based industrial relations consultancy Workplace Professionals has closed its doors after 14 years in business, a direct result, according to founder Tony Thompson, of the federal government’s fairness test for Australian Workplace Agreements.

Miners await Congo ruling

Several Perth-headquartered mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo are facing an uncertain future, following the Congolese government’s recommendation that 61 mining contracts with foreign companies be renegotiated or terminated.

Business climate conspires against not for profits

By most people’s reckoning, 89 kilograms of paperwork is a lot; yet that’s how much a recent tender put together by community services agency, Anglicare, weighed.

Rudd an unknown quantity

State Scene remains apprehensive about the fact that Queensland’s multi-millionaire Rudd family is headed for Australia’s two most prestigious addresses – Kirribilli House overlooking Sydney Harbour and The Lodge in the heart of Canberra.

State gets a pass mark for planning

Australia’s planning profession has given the Western Australian planning system, and those of most other states and the ACT, a ‘C’ rating in the Planning Institute of Australia’s annual report released last week.

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.