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Survey finds Perth presents mixed identity

A Committee for Perth report compiled by Ipsos made waves last month when it found nearly a quarter of residents would describe the Western Australian capital to visitors as ‘average’, ‘boring’, ‘dull’ and ‘parochial’.

Money growth impact looms

Australia's monetary expansion during the past decade has been among the most substantial in the developed world, according to recent data, with the Reserve Bank today continuing an easing policy.

Wyatt’s old wounds still scarred

SPECIAL REPORT: Ken Wyatt has overcome numerous challenges on the path to becoming the most powerful advocate for Aboriginal Australians.

BN30 shows shares slow in the west

Western Australia’s listed companies have trailed the broader market in the past year, with the Business News BN30 index rising 5.2 per cent as the ASX 200 lifted 7.2 per cent.

Promoting Perth’s all-round appeal

OPINION: The WA capital’s great natural environment has seemingly blinded its residents to the other aspects that make the city a great place to live.

Administrations down despite builder, bar pressure

Administrations in Western Australia hit their lowest level in five years in the March quarter, but pressure continues for construction and hospitality.

Harvey makes bold policy push

OPINION: Liza Harvey hasn’t taken long to put her mark on the Liberal leadership in WA.

Harvey names shadow ministry

Newly minted opposition leader Liza Harvey has revealed her shadow cabinet, with former leader Mike Nahan appointed as shadow minister for planning and Asian engagement.

Govt to spend extra $30m on community services

The state government says it will reverse indexation changes made by the previous Liberal National Government, and commit an additional $30.2 million to the community services sector.

Transparency issues for City of Melville

The state government inquiry into the City of Melville has highlighted transparency issues, following nearly 300 complaints made against the City since 2014.

Outlook uncertain amid foreign fracas

OPINION: WA has no control over the biggest issue facing its short-term economic outlook – the US-China trade war, which could cut demand for the state’s commodities.

Kobelke passes away aged 69

Former Western Australian government minister and Labor MP John Kobelke, who served in state parliament for nearly 25 years, has passed away aged 69.

Morrison vows to pass tax cuts, fight regulation

Scott Morrison vowed to roll back regulation, pass tax reform and fight militant unions in his first major economic speech since the LNP’s surprise election victory this past month.

Bishop to chair Telethon Kids

Perth’s Telethon Kids Institute has announced former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop will be its next chair.

WA population growth slowly lifting

Australia’s annual population growth rate increased to 1.63 per cent in 2018, and while WA’s growth rate has improved, it continues to be one of the slowest growing states.

Podcast: consumer sentiment and the state of polling

PODCAST: Mark Pownall talks to market researcher Kristen Turnbull from CoreData about WA consumer sentiment and impact of Federal Election result on consumer perception/behaviour, as well as the fallout from the failure of the polls to predict the outcome.

Govt ICT project to blow out by more than $23.7m

The Office of the Auditor General has found a project to replace PathWest’s ‘laboratory information system’ is now expected to be two years late and cost nearly double the project’s original $26.8 million budget.

International visitors decline despite record tourist numbers

The number of international tourists visiting Western Australia has hit record levels, but overall international visitors to the state, including students, have declined.

Tough calls make a mountain of difference

The wages of Australian workers could almost double in real terms by 2060, with manufacturing showing the biggest potential, aided by technology adoption and better management practices, according to a new report.

Trade war may spark rare earth opportunity

An exotic mineral once mined Iluka Resources could bring about a resurgence in demand, as US-China tensions persist.

WA Labor backs Setka expulsion

WA Labor’s state executive has backed a motion calling for the expulsion of construction union boss John Setka, albeit by a small margin, and with Premier Mark McGowan using the issue to step up his attack on Maritime Union of Australia boss Christy Cain.

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