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Visas stamp out business travellers

AUSTRALIA’S concern about the mounting illegal immigration problem is creat-ing problems for industry, with foreigners finding it difficult to gain short stay business visas.

Issues of the Week

Gas soaring as Eagles diveTHE $2.4 billion expansion of the North-West Shelf gas project will go ahead after the six partners Woodside, Shell, BHP, BP, Chevron and Mitsui/Mitsubishi decided to invest $1.6 billion in a fourth LNG production train on WA

Sculpture chiselled

A $20,000 public art project was last week put on hold by the Perth City Council, rejecting the proposed piece after months of community consultation.

Stalemate in QC quandry

WA barristers have failed to come to agreement on whether or not they should do away with the distinguished title of Queen’s Counsel.

Parking bid to secure convention centre

THE chances of Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre becoming a reality have improved with at least one Perth parking operator wanting to buy a 99-year lease on the 1,500-bay car park, to be built below the centre for $50.4 million.

Agencies plead case

JDA has retained the $3 million Transperth advertising account amid mounting industry concern about the affect of the Gallop Government’s proposed 30 per cent cut to the State advertising budget.

Ruling hits developers

A RECENT decision by the Town Planning Appeals Tribunal could have big ramifications for property developers.

Resources save the day again

WAS that a bugle sounding off in the distance?

Terry isn’t budging from his game plan

TERRY Budge has already passed the halfway mark in his seven-year contract as the head of BankWest, outliving the average Australian chief executive’s tenure in the process.

Gallop trots in Green with policy envy

SEVERAL years ago I asked a now retired, but then senior, Federal Labor MP what he thought of WA’s increasingly active Greens.

Kwinana plan going ahead

THE State’s industrial sector was in high spirits on Tuesday after Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced the Government would push on with the controversial Fremantle-Rockingham Industrial Area Regional Strategy.

Top photographers showcased

AN exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre of more than 200 photographic images showcases work by some of Australia’s best commercial photographers, including work by six local photographers.

Sexist probe into moral standards

A NATIONAL billboard produced for Windsor Smith shoes last year has prompted a government enquiry in Victoria into the portrayal of women in outdoor advertising.

Auditor-General goes into bat for Australia’s accountants

WA’S top government accountant, Des Pearson, is the new national president of Australia’s largest professional body, CPA Australia, the first Western Australian to hold the role for 15 years.

Stockpile freezes rock lobster trade

BIG inventories of frozen rock lobster and jitters in the Japanese market are undermining the benefits of the falling Australian dollar for WA’s fishermen.

Scarborough revitalisation hits rough SEAS

SCARBOROUGH residents are unhappy with plans to revitalise the beach foreshore, claiming they will end up with a ‘mini Surfers Paradise’.

Court sets limit on duty of care

THE Full Court of the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a Perth doctor who was sued by the family of a deceased patient because he refused to provide advice on a course of action he had advised against.

Slump hits Bucccaneer

AFTER 33 years, Belmont-based pool manufacturer Buccaneer Pools could leave the Borrello family’s ownership.

It’s how you use it that counts

BIG is beautiful, powerful, prestigious, and secure in a modern product-driven economy based on growth consumption. Twentieth century business survival was based on expansion.

Innovative organisation

ONE of the latest ‘buzz” words in management is the concept of the knowledge-based organisation. The Federal Opposition has even signalled its desire to create a ‘knowledge-nation’.

Diesel fits into a gas idea for fuel

WA’S almost embarrassingly plentiful natural gas reserves will be put to use in producing a commonplace fuel, if a current study by two oil industry giants produces positive results.

Fremantle abandons exclusive licences

THE Fremantle Port Authority (FPA) has opted against proposals to offer exclusive licences for its $20 million annual towage business and will issue its incumbent service provider Adsteam Marine, with a non-exclusive licence.

PR flows into Margaret River

PUBLIC relations firm Newscomm Corporate Communications is opening an office in Margaret River to service a growing client base in the South-West.

Ex-Labor man in charge

FORMER Labor party state secretary John Halden is set to head up the new Perth office of national public relations group CPR Communications and Public Relations.

Swimwear makes a splash

A COMMITMENT to customer loyalty and monitoring the business’ advertising results does pay off.

Call for tax time compo

SMALL businesses are demanding compensation for the increasing compliance burdens The Government is placing on them.

Debt levels bite into cashflows

WITH WA’s economic downturn continuing and the GST biting cashflows, small businesses’ debt management is becoming more crucial.

Hydraulics brain drain

BRENDAN Casey completes his MBA next month and will then join the brain drain heading for the US.

Open digital services ‘or else’

AUSTRALIA’S consumer watchdog Professor Allan Fels has given Telstra and Optus an ultimatum to establish open digital services or face regulation.