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Padbury directors banned, fined $25,000

Padbury Mining directors Gary Stokes and Terry Quinn have each been fined $25,000 and banned from being company directors for three years after the Federal Court found their announcement of a $6 billion funding deal for the Oakajee port and rail project was misleading and deceptive.

SMEs seek leadership, reform

SPECIAL REPORT: Small businesses have taken a hit as confidence drops and the economy slows, but there are a few things governments can do to begin to alleviate the pain.

Warning to Uber moonlighters

Uber drivers using the service as a supplementary income should declare it to their primary employer, according to Minter Ellison partner Kathy Reid, after a driver who had worked during sick leave lost an unfair dismissal claim.

Builders urged to act early on contracts

Resolving disputes between contractors and subcontractors on government jobs is looming as a key state election issue.

Murphy takes aim at ministers over confidentiality claims

The auditor general has slammed Liberal ministers Peter Collier, Kim Hames and Liza Harvey for withholding information in parliament.

New measures to boost WA tourism

The state government has unveiled a number of initiatives aimed at boosting tourism in Western Australia, including changes to cruise ship gambling rules and a $7.2 million promotion deal with Qantas.

Premier, ACCC concerned over newspaper buy

Premier Colin Barnett has voiced his opposition to The West Australian’s proposed purchase of The Sunday Times as the competition watchdog raised concerns of its own.

EPA rejects Yeelirrie uranium mine

The environmental watchdog has recommended rejection of a new uranium mine in the Goldfields after the proposal failed to meet one of nine strict factors.

State, opposition pitch subcontractor protection plans

The Barnett government and the Labor opposition have put forward their competing plans to better protect subcontractors and ensure they are paid for their involvement on government contracts.

Builder, company fined for malpractice

A Malaga-based window and door furnishing company and its owner has been fined nearly $16,000 by the Mandurah Magistrates Court for malpractice.

Mayor regrets failure to prescribe height limits

Construction of some of Perth’s tallest buildings was never part of the City of South Perth’s plan to revitalise the suburb, according to Mayor Sue Doherty. 

Monadelphous loses Supreme Court fight

TransAlta Corporation has had a small win in the Supreme Court after successfully defending an entitlements claim by Monadelphous Group, but the engineering firm is still pursuing about $33 million from a joint venture comprising a Pilbara-based subsidiary of the Canadian power utility and DPB Development Group.

Monadelphous settles Queensland dispute

Engineering contractor Monadelphous Group has settled a $200 million dispute with Queensland customer Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal but has not disclosed the terms.

Asic wins in Padbury case

Padbury Mining and two of its directors have entered into a settlement agreement with the corporate watchdog over misleading statements made last year, but they could still face penalties in the Federal Court later this week.

ASX delays listing rule changes

The Australian Securities Exchange has delayed the introduction of tougher listing requirements by three months, after stockbrokers and corporate advisers expressed concern about the changes. 

Asbestos find sparks building review

The state government has flagged the possibility of a broad inquiry into the use of imported building materials after confirming today that roofing panels supplied by Chinese company Yuanda to Perth Children’s Hospital contained asbestos.

High-risk work licence assessor fined

A former Choice Industrial Training employee has been fined nearly $2,300 after being found guilty of falsely assessing candidates for high-risk work licences.

CPD Group focus on governments, schools ahead of collapse

Governments, including local councils, and schools appear to be the biggest clients of building, construction and maintenance firm CPD Group which collapsed in May.

EPA gives nod for Swan Valley Bypass

The environment watchdog has recommended approval of the next two stages of the state government’s $1.2 billion Northlink WA roads project, subject to strict conditions.

Professionals weigh in on listing rule changes

Fifteen local broking, legal and advisory firms have teamed up to put forward their concerns with the ASX’s proposed changes to its listing requirements, and to advocate three particular amendments.

Protests, lobbying prompt land buffer review

State Development Minister Bill Marmion has told protestors outside parliament that the environmental watchdog would review the government’s plan to extend the buffer zone around the Kwinana industrial area.

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