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Retailers face GST issues threat

RETAILERS and their advisers have been put on notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

WA imager on verge of cracking 3D market

AFTER five years of research and development, a Perth imaging company is on the verge of cornering the 3D television market.

Labor still concerned about GST

WHILE no longer opposing the GST, Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley still has concerns.

Olympics club opens

A NEW business club, designed to make the most of international awareness of Australia thanks to the Sydney 2000 Olympics, is looking for members.

Money no longer the only driving force

Financial systems are not so much an accident waiting to happen,” says Martin Wolf, the chief economic commentator for the Financial Times, “as one that is constantly happening.”

Legal profession may become tangled in the web

THE emergence of the global knowledge economy and the internetworked society has widespread implications for the legal profession.

Perth explorer hits big in Sydney

The Sydney Gas Company (SGC), which listed as specialist opal explorer Desertstone NL in July 1996, has undertaken a significant change in direction which has resulted in its shares spiking to more than $1.20 in the last few weeks.

Substantial gold price slide claims another

THE recent significant slide in gold prices has claimed another victim, with AMX Resources NL placing on hold its robust Golden Cities project.

PCH wins Emirates contract

PERTH-based construction and maintenance services group PCH Group Ltd has won a contract in the United Arab Emirates to supply scaffolding for a $500 million desalination and power plant being constructed at Abu Dhabi.

South African miner continues Australasian drive into gold

THE South African mining giant, Durban Roodepoort Deep Limited (DRD), has continued its drive to gain a significant foothold in the Australasian gold mining industry.

Investment welcome

PERTH-based Wel-come Stranger Mining Company NL has made what it describes as “an excellent strategic investment” in the e-commerce market.

Australian energy market in state of flux

While some long term trends in the Australian energy market continue – such as strong growth in Queensland and Western Australia – the sector is undergoing rapid change.

Consolidated firms position

Consolidated Minerals Limited has unveiled a deal that brings all prospective manganese mining ground within the Woodie Woodie mining centre in Western Australia’s Pilbara region under the control of a single company for the first time.

Potential petrol plant site reviewed

THE State Government, together with the Dow Chemical Company and Shell Chemicals Limited, is reviewing a likely site for the location of the proposed $2 billion world-scale Pilbara petrochemical project.

New age dawns for Aquarius

Aquarius Platinum Limited, which will soon commission its Kroondal platinum project near Rustenburg in South Africa, is undergoing a major corporate and domicile restructuring.

Dessu sheer pleasure for women

IN WHAT could be an Australian first, a lingerie boutique catering to larger women has opened in Subiaco.

Business bullies beware warns ACCC

BIG businesses bullying small businesses are the targets of the latest Australian Competition and Consumer Commission guideline.

Vitamin business proves a tonic

When people swallow vitamin pills they rarely consider how much research has gone into making each pill.

Nominations sought

THE Telstra WA Small Business Development Corporation Awards is calling for nominations.

Capital gains changes hard to sell

The recent yelling from the rooftops about changes to capital gains tax has captured the minds, and particularly the hearts, of traders and small investors alike as we try to understand the proposed changes.

Consumer confidence proves strong

The Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment measures the level of confidence householders feel in the state of the economy and their willingness to undertake purchases over a defined period.

Resource sector gains overdone: adviser

In recent weeks we have seen the resource sector of the Australian sharemarket perform outstandingly well.

Mining sector downturn hits home

WHILE WA has the strongest housing sector in the country, pressure on the mining sector has started to bite in WA, according to the Challenge Bank’s June quarter Market Insights.

South Africa beckons WA

SOUTH Africa looms as a land of opportunity for WA exporters.Australian exports to South Africa are currently valued at $1,064 million.

Fraud fought from Perth

AN INTERNATIONAL program aimed at improving fraud prevention in the Asia Pacific region is being run out of Perth.

Malaysia, Thailand targeted

COMMERCE and Trade Minister Hendy Cowan has led trade missions to Thailand and Malaysia to investigate a range of emerging trade opportunities.

Villages call for phones

THANKS to a WA company, some South African villages will be connected to telephones for the first time.

New focus on property principles launched

WELCOME to the property industry’s page, presented by the Property Council of Australia.

Property tangled in GST web

You may be forgiven for thinking that there is little to say about the GST that hasn’t already been written, but although much has been said it’s only the tip of the iceberg.