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Airport rail project hit with 12-month delay

The state government has announced a delay of up to 12 months at the Forrestfield-Airport Link due to tunneling issues, but says the rail project’s $1.9 billion budget will not be impacted.

Economic glass starting to look less than half empty

Domestic and international events are on a collision course, with 2019 to pose a plethora of challenges for business leaders.

Morning Headlines

PM’s $9.2bn tax cut plan for election

McGowan hits targets, Cormann prominent

SPECIAL REPORT: Mathias Cormann has been deeply entwined in the federal government’s fortunes this year, while a win on GST distribution has boosted standing for Mark McGowan and Ben Wyatt.

Morning Headlines

Coalition $30bn in the black

Signs point to coal closures

Older coal fired power stations such as Synergy’s Muja C&D could begin closing in 2023, driven by changing market dynamics, while harsher carbon policies would accelerate shutdowns, according to a recent report by the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Curbing wild election promises

Opinion: With the government seemingly on track to delivery a budget surplus, one key aspect of the Langoulant review is worth another look.

Morning Headlines

Corporate tax take increases by 19 per cent

McGowan reshuffles cabinet

Premier Mark McGowan has reallocated six portfolios within his cabinet, including the energy portfolio being transferred from Treasurer Ben Wyatt to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.

Morning Headlines

GIC backs $326m buy as mining cities regain lustre

Freight links still key for Freo port future

Fremantle’s port has room to grow container trade, possibly for three decades, according to a new report by the state government’s Westport taskforce, but freight infrastructure improvements are needed in the short term at Fremantle, Bunbury and Kwinana.

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.

Morning Headlines

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.

Morning Headlines

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.

Morning Headlines

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.

Morning Headlines

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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