Politics & the Economy

Quickflix, Big W launch online DVD rental venture

Perth-based online DVD rental company Quickflix Ltd has launched its joint venture with Big W, the first time a large Australian retail chain has offered DVD rentals online.

Carpenter calls on Costello for more cash

Premier Alan Carpenter has called on Federal Treasurer Peter Costello, who is visiting Perth today, to allocate more money to the State Government for infrastructure projects.

State seeks to restart Mid West port-rail development

The state government has sought to break the deadlock confronting much-needed infrastucture to service the rapidly emerging Mid West iron ore precinct with a plan to separate the rail and port elements.

MacTiernan calls for more Auslink funding in WA

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan has called for a greater share of Federal Government funding for infrastructure funding to be distributed to Western Australia.

Coral Bay boating facility opened

A State Government-built boating facility worth $6.5 million has been opened at Monck Head, 1.5 km south of Coral Bay, Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan has announced.

Nasty surprises in View from the Arch

The discovery of a bashing victim in Melbourne lead to revelations of a new approach to Australia's refugee intake as Paul Omodei discovered allegations of plagiarism by Attorney General Jim McGinty, plus Pulp Mill, Hospitals, Autism, Teachers and Pauline

McGauran speeds up drought assistance for WA farmers

A decision by Federal Agricultural Minister Peter McGauran to expedite exceptional circumstances funding for drought affected farmers in the wheatbelt has been welcomed by State Agriculture Minister Kim Chance and WAFarmers President, Trevor De Landgrafft

Roberts brings forward Mines Safety and Inspection Act review

Western Australian Industrial Relations Commissioner Stephen Kenner has been appointed to conduct a review of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994, brought forward two years by Employment Protection Minister Michelle Roberts.

State allocates further $1m to fight against cane toads

The State Government will spend a further $1 million on the fight against cane toads, Premier Alan Carpenter announced today, with funding going towards research and community groups.

Today's 7.30am headlines

Sphere Investments admits problems with investment deal; ANZ cancels West Coast Eagles sponsorship; ABB grain facin $10m losses; Gunns will push ahead with Tasmanian pulp mill; Federal Govt has its hospitail funding share by 10 per cent.

Parsons appointed Esperance Port Authority CEO

The State Government has appointed former Geraldton Port Authority marine business unit manager Dennis Parsons as chief executive of the Esperance Port Authority, Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan has announced.

Woolworths says food retail not overly concentrated

Days after the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia made renewed calls for deregulation of trading hours, supermarket group Woolworths Ltd has claimed the food retail sector is not overly concentrated.

GCS acquires Budget Portables for $10m

Redcliffe-based construction services company Global Construction Services Ltd has acquired Landsdale-based accommodation provider Budget Portables for $10 million, the company has announced.

Today's 7.30am headlines

Premier rejects hospital plan; CBH eyes strcture to expand; Stokes seizes control of Coates; Westpac buys RAMS; Federal Government to enforce split of Telstra retail and infrastructure divisions.

Newsmaker – Jan Stewart

Lotterywest chief executive Jan Stewart has been added to the US-based Public Gaming Research Industry’s Lottery Industry Hall of Fame, one of three industry leaders across the world appointed this ye

Manufacturers rank highly

While Western Australia’s mining industry is well-represented on the list of the state’s top exporters, a number of manufacturing and technology companies are also creating significant export revenue.

Case study: Making all the right connections

After more than 25 years in the industry, Chris Anderson, founder and director of Osborne Park-based business Well Connected, is one of a small number of business owners operating in a niche of the office equipment market.

Dominant performance by big three

Western Australia has become unusually dependent on three giant resource sector producers, which account for more than half of the state’s entire exports.

Visiting WA

Dr Peter Cotton - director of psychology services, Health Services Australia Group (Vic); Prof Marius Olivier – director, Centre for International & Comparative Labour & Social Security Law, Universit

China takes top spot

China is Western Australia’s most important export partner, generating $13.8 billion for the state’s economy in 2006-07 and overtaking Japan as WA’s biggest export market, according to figures from the Department of Industry and Resources.

AHA takes new stand on hours

One of the key lobby groups in the successful fight against deregulating Western Australia’s retail trading hours, the Australian Hotels Association, will back any new campaign against moves to open the state’s shops on Sundays.