The Labor Party moved swiftly today to reassure the business sector that it would not hand over responsibility for project approvals to an independent tribunal, after reports it was considering such a change.
The Barnett government is hoping to slash its spending on information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure by up to 25 per cent after signing contracts today with three international vendors.
About a third of Western Australian small businesses don't invest in digital marketing, according to a recent report by consultancy Alyka, although around 51 per cent of the sector are planning to spend more in that sphere in 2017.
Resolute Mining has become the second Western Australia-based mining company to appoint a female executive to one of its top jobs within the past week, with Lee-Anne de Bruin to take over as chief financial officer next month.
Shares in Aurora Labs were higher on the announcement of a commercial venture with engineering business WorleyParsons to incorporate its metal 3D printing technology into operations across a number of industries.
Oil and gas producer Santos has topped its guidance for 2016 with a 7 per cent rise in production and a 31 per cent jump in sales, boosted by the ramp-up of its Gladstone liquefied natural gas plant in Queensland.
Oil prices edged higher on Thursday, but swelling US crude stockpiles limited the rebound from a one-week low after the International Energy Agency said oil markets had been tightening even before cuts agreed by OPEC and other producers took effect.
Gold steadied on Thursday, giving up earlier losses as the US dollar and US bond yields pared gains, following earlier pressure from strong US economic data and support from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen for higher US interest rates.
Outback Western Australia is the worst-performing property market in the nation, according to a new report by ratings agency Moody's, which also found housing prices in Perth have fallen by 8 per cent since peaking in December 2014.
The Australian share market gave away most of its early gains but still finished slightly higher as weakness from most of the big banks countered support from an upbeat outlook on the US economy and a profit upgrade from market heavyweight CSL.
The state's unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points in December to 6.6 per cent as the number of women in the labour force eased slightly, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data.