Politics & the Economy

ERA to review grain marketing

The Economic Regulation Authority will undertake an inquiry into operation and effectiveness of the grain marketing system in Western Australia, as part of a five-yearly review of the Grain Marketing Act.

Helix raises $8.2m for exploration

Nedlands-based Helix Resources Ltd has raised more than $8.2 million before costs through a share placement of 17 million shares at 48.5 cents per share to institutional investor clients of Wilson HTM.

Wolf shares fly on Tungsten deal

Shares in Perth-based minerals explorer Wolf Minerals Ltd made a big return to trading today, soaring more than 90 per cent to $2.55 each after it revealed it had acquired an advanced Hemerdon tungsten and tin project in the United Kingdom.

WA and SA chief executives hardest working: survey

Western Australian chief executives are the second hardest working, behind South Australia, with 60 per cent working more than 50 hours a week, according to the latest survey of Australian chief executives released today by TEC.

Today's Business Headlines

Ukrainians in knockout ConsMin bid; Rudd test as chinese consider Rio Tinto bid; WA miners urged to go Dutch by importing Polish workers; Business reform to be fast-tracked; Palmer drops bid to sack Arc board

ERA report urges private competition in water

Western Australia's Economic Regulation Authority has called for the establishment of a new government agency to faciltate private sector investment in the development of new water sources.

Curtin Uni and WHO collaborate in Mongolia

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health in Mongolia have sought the help of Curtin University of Technology's Professor Jeffrey Spickett to manage an environmental disaster in a rural Mongolian village.

Gov't response to lead inquiry report fair: Magellan

Magellan Metals Pty Ltd believes the state government's response to a parliamentary inquiry report into the cause and extent of lead pollution in the Esperance area was "fair and balanced".

Howarth to head Australian CCI

High-profile company director Tony Howarth has been elected president of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia's peak national employer and business organisation.

Iluka unearths new discovery in NSW

Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources Ltd has revealed a fresh heavy mineral discovery in the New South Wales portion of its Murray Basin tenenment holdings.

WA's top teacher wins $100,000

Ballajura Community College teacher Ray Roberts has won the Western Australian Teacher of the Year award at a ceremony this morning, taking home a $100,000 prize.

State to launch industrial land strategy

The State Government is investing $1million to support industrial land needs in the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region by developing the General Industrial Land Planning Strategy.

EPA backs super pit expansion decision

The Environmental Protection Authority has reiterated its recommendation to approve a major expansion of Kalgoorlie's Super Pit, following a request by environment minister David Templeman to re-assess its advice.

WA housing market sentiment positive: Survey

Mortgage Choice's annual consumer sentiment survey has found Western Australians are overwhelming positive about the state's housing market and economic future, despite the threat of further interest rate hikes.

60% jump in admin staff while teacher shortage continues

Administrative and clerical staff numbers in the Department of Education and Training has grown by more than seven times that of teaching staff under the current State Government.

Co-operative national IR system on agenda: Roberts

A report released today, which analysed the options for a new national industrial system for Australia, provides a valuable starting point for discussions about creating a co-operative system, Employment Protection Minister Michelle Roberts said.

Kemerton Industrial Park plan out for comment

The State Government has called on the public to provide suggestions on the development of the Kemerton Industrial Park in the State's South-West.

Logan talks up Peel region tech potential

A survey of businesses in the Mandurah and Peel region has revealed the area has existing technology capabilities and the potential to be the Western Australia's next technology hub, the state government said today.

Rio boosts indigenous jobs

Hundreds of new jobs will be created for indigenous Australians in the Pilbara under a landmark agreement between the State Government and Rio Tinto Iron Ore.

Gas field released for exploration

Resources minister Francis Logan has announced the release of the first 'tight gas' acreage block, a source which could power Western Australia's entire domestic gas demand for more than a year.

Today's Business Headlines

Burke says he helped Premier win poll; Mid-West hopeful braces for attack; This is final Tap, say dissidents; NAB back in the US with $900m deal; Tanner says Labor on top of sovereign wealth funds eyeing Australia's strategic assets