Politics & the Economy

WA health research receives $34m boost

Researchers at Telethon Kids and Harry Perkins institutes have been awarded more than $18 million in funding for health and medical research from both state and federal governments.

2050 net zero carbon target for WA

Western Australia will be carbon neutral by 2050 under an aspirational policy announced by the state government today, although it is not yet clear what mechanism will be used to achieve the goal.

Industrial manslaughter laws on the way

Business people could face up to 20 years in prison and their company fined up to $10 million under industrial manslaughter laws to be introduced by the state government.

Kelly nationalises water maintenance

The WA government has turned the clock back by returning maintenance and operations work across Water Corporation’s Perth and Mandurah networks to state control.

At this rate it’s all negative

OPINION: Low interest rates create winners and losers, but ultimately are a sign all’s not well with the world.

Rail cars to test government

OPINION: The state government’s $1.6 billion plan to build railcars at Bellevue for the Metronet project represents a massive public sector investment in local manufacturing.

Banks beware a currency revolution

Australia’s big four banks could be reduced to one within a decade, in an extreme scenario, as Western countries follow moves in China towards the mass adoption of social media-based payment systems, according to a New York University professor visiting Perth.

Pay deal approved by public workers

A new wages deal for public sector workers that offers an extra holiday and superannuation payments during unpaid leave had been approved by workers, two months after Business News revealed the public sector union had claimed the deal broke the state government’s pay policy.

Activists arrested in parliament showdown

Eight protesters were arrested at state parliament today as members of the Extinction Rebellion group took their climate change activism to the next level, with a sitting in the legislative assembly brought to a standstill.

Latest labour data highlights WA volatility

Western Australia has recorded the largest decrease in jobs for July, just a month after it was the only state or territory in Australia to experience an increase in employment.

Taskforce backs $4bn Kwinana port

The state government’s Westport taskforce has concluded that all container shipping should be moved out of Fremantle to a new land-backed port in Cockburn Sound, to be built at a cost of about $4 billion.

Key McGowan adviser in fight over CCC inquiry

The head of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet has been accused of an “extremely serious intentional breach of parliamentary privilege” by a parliamentary committee chaired by Labor's Kate Doust for his actions during a Corruption and Crime Commission investigation.

Infrastructure audit warns on urban sprawl

Infrastructure Australia has dramatically scaled down the expected cost of road congestion in Perth, mainly because of lower population growth, but has warned about the impact of continued urban sprawl.

Visa rules disadvantage WA business

Business leaders from sectors as diverse as education and manufacturing say temporary migration visa policies are holding WA back.

McGowan lobbying on submarine maintenance

Labour and capacity constraints in South Australia could lead to cost blowouts and delays in the building of new naval vessels, Premier Mark McGowan said today, as he lobbied federal counterparts to move more maintenance work for existing submarines out west.

Green impact facing major projects

SPECIAL REPORT: Business News spoke to green advocates to explore how the petroleum industry might find common cause with the environmental movement, as pressure builds on billions of dollars of projects.

Burgess wins increased PTA contract

Burgess Rawson has renewed its contract with the Public Transport Authority of WA for property management services of its 500 leases, worth around $4.8 million.

Mark Barnaba podcast interview

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall talk to business leader and company director Mark Barnaba about the economic outlook, the role of central banks and our relationship with China.

Cockatoos, wetlands on rail route

Nearly 30 hectares of Black Cockatoo foraging habitat and three priority wetlands will be impacted by the Thornlie-Cockburn link rail project, according to environmental documents.

Trade surplus, WA exports smash ceiling

Western Australia’s exports surpassed $161 billion in the year to June, as Australia recorded its largest ever trade surplus in the month.

Auditor sheds light on ramping

A new report has challenged views on the effects of ambulance ramping on patient outcomes.