Politics & the Economy

People the missing ingredient

Australia’s skills shortage is, for most people, a nuisance rather than a serious problem.

Sensible solution to people shortage

There is a lot of debate about whether the state government is doing a good enough job to manage us safely through this current boom.

$2.3bn budget surplus record

The state government posted another record budget surplus in 2006-07, of $2.3 billion, fuelled by strong growth in mining royalties and taxation revenues.

Craigie school development

THE Craigie High School site is the latest Western Australian school property to attract the interest of developers, with the land parcel the focus of a joint venture between the state government and

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

Resources value $53.4bn

Strong overseas demand for minerals and petroleum, particularly from China, and strengthening commodity prices pushed the value of Western Australia’s resources industry up 25 per cent to a record $53.4 billion in 2006-07.

New group to lobby for food industry

Some of WA's biggest food producers and manufacturers are behind the establishment of a lobby group aimed at providing a united voice for the food and beverage sector, as well as promoting and developing the industry’s growth.

Approvals first at Rivergums

CEDAR Woods Ltd has received simultaneous rezoning approval under local and state planning schemes for the final stages of its Rivergums estate in Baldivis, the first time dual rezoning has occurred f

State economic review 2007

WA Business News’ third annual State Economic Review comes during a continuing period of prosperity for Western Australia, courtesy to a large extent of China’s accelerating economic growth.

State's new IR laws to impose more costs on business: CCI

A new package of State Government industrial relations reforms will impose further red tape and regulation on WA businesses and increase employment costs, according to the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Satterley backs C'wlth land sales, tax deductible interest

Selling commonwealth land to property developers and using the funds to make housing interest payments tax deductible would be a good political decision for an incoming government, according to Satterley Property Group chief executive Nigel Satterley.

Miners to co-fund $225m Port Hedland upgrade

The State Government has approved a $225 million upgrade of Port Hedland's port facilities after securing up-front capital contributions from miners, including BHP Billiton, Consolidated Minerals and Atlas Iron, to cover nearly half the cost.

Michelle Scott appointed Childrens' Commissioner

Public Advocate Michelle Scott has been appointed the Commissioner for Children and Young People for a five-year term, after a long appointment process, Child Protection Minister Sue Ellery has announced.

Rate rise could spell disaster: Building Industry

Australia's peak building industry body has reiterated calls for both sides of politics to be mindful of inflationary pressures when considering economic policy.

Today's 7.30am headlines

AGL dumps Anthony; Nexus shut down of the auction for Anzon; tax cuts promises to cost $80b in the next five years; Gordon raids Ten options for a 4.3 per cent stake; Labor widens the gap over the coalition after one week.

Logan opens Broome Horizon office

Energy Minister Francis Logan has opened the Broome office of Horizon Power, the construction of which had taken place in conjunction with the West Kimberley Power Project, he said.

Coote buys Drivetrain Australia for $12.1m

Coote Industrial Ltd has continued its strategy of rapid expansion by acquisition, agreeing to purchase specialist engineering firm Drivetrain Australia for $12.1 million.

EPA backs Midwest Corp's rail transfer

Midwest Corporation Ltd's long-running battle to transfer its iron ore transport from road to rail has taken a step closer to resolution after the Environmental Protection Authority recommended that the project be approved.

Today's headlines

Prime Minister John Howard made pledges on climate change and Australian troops in Iraq in last night's debate, but most commentators picked Labor leader Kevin Rudd as the winner.

Round 1: The certainties of life in View from the Arch

Benjamin Franklin said there were only two certainties in life, death and taxes. Both were on the political agenda in the first week of the six-week federal election campaign, with the leaders of both major political parties in campaign mode.

Letter: Quickflix responds to video stores claims

Letter to the editor I was interested to read the views of the president of the Australian Video Rental Retailers Association,George Kafataris, regarding his views of the online DVD rental market