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Perth city elections – for whom the poll tolls

A PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY city is what council hopeful Tony Ransom wants to create.

Can you keep a secret?

THE key to keeping the BHP/Billiton mega-merger under wraps apparently all came down to a retro communications strategy.

Jewellery key to gold

“Gentlemen, our fortunes depend on the greed of men and the vanity of women.”

Local design studio strikes gold

LOCAL design studio Design by Marco Dabala won two gold medals at the 2001 National Print Awards for work produced for Argyle Diamonds and Environmental Solutions International.

Wait for Labor GST promise

SMALL businesses will have to wait and see what, if any, compensation measures the Labor Party is going to offer them.

Running stationery

AFTER searching fruitlessly for a suitable business, Edda Emery decided to start one of her own.

WA business wallows in the eye of a storm

WA businesses have been lulled into a false sense of security following the collapse of the market, according to one of the world’s acknow-ledged experts in online business strategy.

Internet job advertising takes over from press

THE gloomy ANZ job advertisement report this week and last week’s Australian Bur-eau of Statistics report that job advertisements are dramatically down are way off the beam, according to one of Australia’s top recruitment organisations.

Relationships build online success

On-line shopping will never completely replace the traditional retail shopping experience – people will always use both mediums.

Voice changes hands with GMO appointment

INDEPENDENT local newspaper The Voice News has been sold to the publisher of the Fremantle Herald following managing editor John Arthur’s appointment as director of the government media office.

Big agency role for freelancers

A MOVE away from traditional full-time employment in the advertising industry has produced a strong freelance market for agencies to access.

The power of possibility thinking

AFTER Roger Bannister first broke the four-minute mile in 1954, 32 others did it after him in the same year and 300 did it in the next year. Why? People suddenly believed it was possible.

UWA boost research marketing

THE University of Western Australia has launched a new office aimed at fostering industry association and promoting the research arm of the institution.

Call to scrap Stamp Duty Act

STRICT State stamp duty laws are in the sights of the WA property industry.The industry says he complex and costly tax is deterring wholesale property trusts from investing in local properties and pushing them toward east coast investments.

Facelift for Innaloo centre

WESTFIELD Innaloo will be the next suburban shopping centre to undergo a facelift. The 44-year-old shopping centre is to be expanded and refurbished by the Westfield Trust, which also owns the Galleria, Morley, and Carousel, Cannington.

Blackburne stays in Burswood role

Blackburne Properties Pty Ltd will still have a role in the $700 million redevelopment of Burswood’s 19.1ha Swan site despite Mirvac’s merger with local competitor, the Fini Group, to form Mirvac/Fini.

Act changes allow architects to block alterations

AUSTRALIA’S capacity for fast-tracking the world’s worst practice legislation has received another boost.The Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000 amends the Copyright Act 1968.

Sleepy hollow awakens

MOST people tend to conjure up images of Mandurah as a sleepy fishing village or a large scale retirement home.

Ch10 lease bid

CHANNEL 10 could lease parts of its 4.5ha Dianella site for more efficient use of the surburban property, rather than moving to new premises.

Rockingham on the move

THERE has been a surge of activity at LandCorp’s Challenger Business Park, in East Rockingham.

If you knew sushi, like Paul knows sushi

I was paying for my petrol on the other night at a CBD petrol station and, as you do when you pay for your fuel, the temptation to grab a bite to eat suddenly emerges.

Voyager makes long trip to the top

Voyager Estate reminds me of the Miles Davis Album titled Birth of the Cool. In 1991, Michael Wright bought the former Freycinet vineyard and began a transformation, which would now be one of the most spectacular wineries in Australia.

Lapping up the riverside dining

FOR those who have traveled or lived overseas there is one thing that doesn’t change and that is coming back to Perth and being able to enjoy the spectacular and tranquil views along our coastline and the Swan River.

International shares: are they a good bet?

INTERNATIONAL shares have provided outstanding returns for Australian investors over the past decade but recent events have prompted some advisers to become much more cautious.

Funds shuffle staff

THE recent staff shuffle at BT Funds Management and AMP Henderson Global Investors has posed the question: How important are individuals to the performance of a fund manager?

A twist from Oliver?

ALL we have heard in the last few weeks is the gnashing of teeth and general wailing as the little Aussie battler has plumbed new depths on each trading day.

Is interest rate cut going to be enough?

THE cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia to the cash rate of 0.5 per cent has taken a few analysts by surprise.Some economists have suggested that the RBA has gone too far with the size of the cut.

The nude US dollar runs for cover

THE Australian dollar has become an expedient Aunt Sally for irresponsible politicians, but the “big dollar”, as foreign exchange dealers call the greenback, is suddenly looking a little vulnerable.

Mixed signals at train’s arrival

INSOLVENCY practitioners are expecting growing demand for their services as the combination of an economic downturn, the GST, the weak Australian dollar and poor business management takes hold.