Politics & the Economy

WA misses out on space station

The state government has voiced its frustration at the Commonwealth’s decision to choose Adelaide as the home of Australia’s $41 million space agency.

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Financiers take control of $61 million Park Avenue apartment complex

Powerful players pressure premier

Opinion: Two high-profile billionaires have the state government in their sights, and Premier Mark McGowan has some tough decisions ahead.

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Australia seeks more of lithium battery pie

Lobster intervention a spiny issue

The state government has assured fishing industry representatives it has no plans to change how it determines catch limits across the sector after a surprise move last week to create, and take control of, new licences for local lobsters.

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NBN targets business for $1 billion

WA accepts $121m remote housing deal

The state government has reluctantly accepted an improved offer from the Commonwealth for remote housing funding.

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Australia becomes an LNG force

Housing, red tape focus as state budget lifts

The state budget will be in surplus in 2019/20, according to Premier Mark McGowan, while a $421 million expansion of the Keystart program for first homebuyers and a move to reduce red tape will be two new policies to support the local economy.

Gearing up for a credit crunch

Opinion: All signs point to a tough year ahead as international trade events meet tightening credit conditions amidst falling house prices and likely changes to negative gearing.

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Red tape risks holding up frackers until 2021

Business investment boosts WA performance

A 10 per cent surge in the level of business investment in machinery and equipment has helped Western Australia’s state final demand grow 0.4 per cent in the September quarter, as national economic data surprised on the downside.

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Gold-hunt spending rockets

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PM to end leadership turmoil

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Fracking bans leave Forrest eyeing court

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Palmer’s CITIC battle ‘endangers 3000 jobs’

Commitment needed to put people in the Pilbara

Opinion: Talk of lowering migration targets is small thinking that misses the opportunity.

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New builds in WA hit 30-year low

Walking a tight line on fracking

Opinion: The state government was never going to please all sides whatever decision it made on fracking.

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Earlier return to fiscal surplusv

Govt to lift WA fracking ban

The state government will lift a ban on fracking in prospective areas of Western Australia after an independent inquiry found the petroleum exploration practice to be low risk.