Politics & the Economy

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.

Culture corner

Rodney Phillips, Majesty’s Theatre

Minerals, petroleum drive rampant growth

Western Australia’s massive minerals and petroleum sectors dominate the state’s export commodity profile, with just one commodity in the top 10, wheat, from outside the resources industry.

Award for Gosnells

The revitalisation of the Gosnells town centre during the past 10 years has been recognised with a prestigious international planning award.Gosnells Mayor Patricia Morris accepted the special achievem

Funding impasse setback for rail

Vital upgrades to Western Australia’s grain rail freight network face further delays after the federal government rejected a state request for help in funding the $400 million required to keep parts of the network functioning.

Close but no cigar for Libs

Several years ago, nearly all of State Scene’s left and right-of-centre political pals and contacts suddenly began using the term ‘urban legend’.

Mining services a major contributor

When geologists around the world start planning new mine developments, there is a good chance the software used will have been written in Perth by a company such as Gemcom or Micromine.

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

IR positions a top election issue

With a federal election likely to be called this month, possibly this weekend, its worth focusing on the key issue of industrial relations policy.

Immersive, Hitachi sign agreement

OSBORNE Park-based Immersive Technologies, which manufactures advanced simulator training systems for the mining industry, has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Japanese company, Hitachi Co

Wheat tops rural exports despite harvest pressure

Western Australian agribusiness exporters experienced mixed fortunes this season, with drought conditions putting pressure on the grains sector, while other sectors, such as meat, livestock and forestry experience a growth in revenues.

State delivers $2.3bn surplus

The state government has posted another record surplus, eclipsing its previous record figure by almost 2 per cent to reach $2.3 billion for the 2006-07 financial year.

Regulation hinders retail – CCI

Key arguments used by independent retailers during a fiery deregulation debate several years ago have been challenged this week by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.

Security gets go-ahead after Local Govt, DOTARS negotiations

An open door for further negotiations between local governments and the Federal Department of Transport and Roads on the cost of new security measures has pleased the WA Local Government Association.