Politics & the Economy

Anvil shares down as Congo review delivered

The share price of West Perth-based Anvil Mining Ltd closed down 11.3 per cent as a review by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo into the nation's 61 mining contracts is due to be handed to the country's mines minister today.

Chamber of Minerals, Energy appoints Howard-Smith as CEO

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy has appointed Reg Howard-Smith as chief executive, replacing Tim Shanahan, who now serves as director of the University of Western Australia's Energy and Minerals Initiative.

Today's Business Headlines

Anvil may loose mine in Congo overhaul; PetroChina hits the boards at $US1 trillion; Coventry chief grilled over long delays, cost blowouts; Nufarm's $3 billion Chem China deal makes it a global pesticide leader; $9bn loss: Prince leaves Citi a pauper.

State to convert Harvey's Logue Brook Dam to water source

The State Government will convert the Logue Brook Dam, near Harvey, from a recreation facility to a drinking water source under a $16 million plan for the region.

Salaries of 37% linked to performance: Hays

The salary of over one in three Australian workers is link to their performance, and the figure is rising, according to the results of a survey released today by recruitment company Hays.

GRD Minproc wins at WA Industry and Export awards

Perth-based engineering firm GRD Minproc Ltd has won the Premier's Award for Excellence at the WA Industry and Export awards, Premier Alan Carpenter has announced.

Law Reform Commission's Homicide laws review released

The Law Reform Commission of Western Australia has released details of a planned overhaul of the State's homicide laws, including an expansion of sentencing options, which Attorney-General Jim McGinty has pledged to consider.

WA to host 2011 Sailing World Championships

Western Australia will host the 2011 International Sailing Federation Sailing World Championships, in an event the State Government will be the biggest of its kind since Fremantle's 1987 America's Cup defence.

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.