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What a wonderful State

ALL of us have at some time or another felt that we live in a State that rivals paradise, here in WA. Interestingly it is not just us who feel that way.

What a wonderful State

ALL of us have at some time or another felt that we live in a State that rivals paradise, here in WA. Interestingly it is not just us who feel that way.

Ray of sunshine in the bush

Wool growers and wheat farmers are finally making some decent money, thanks to the chronically weak dollar.

It’s an ill wind

UBS Warburg has sent a note to clients spotlighting the flip side of the subterranean Australian dollar.UBS lists 24 companies with offshore earnings to boost their bottom lines.

Now it’s Japan Red Inc

ACCORDING to a recent survey, only 3.5 per cent of Japanese people trust their politicians. Good Grief ! That’s getting down towards Australian levels.

WA winners circle

THE Australian stock market is still sliding at a sedate pace compared with bourses across the water. Some of our home-grown companies are consummate outperformers. AlintaGas at $3.28 is a country mile over the $2.40 issue price.

WA winners circle

THE Australian stock market is still sliding at a sedate pace compared with bourses across the water. Some of our home-grown companies are consummate outperformers. AlintaGas at $3.28 is a country mile over the $2.40 issue price.

Costs drive hire car probe

THE hire car industry has been targeted by the WA Ministry of Fair Trading, which has joined similar bodies around the country in a bid to end unfair practices.

Car park contention threatens convention

THE Perth Convention and Ex-hibition Centre deal is teetering on whether the Perth City Council gives the Multiplex Consortium $50 million for a 99-year lease on the 1,500-bay car park that will be built under the centre.

Oil and gas, now here comes the hard sell

The northern waters of Western Australia are among the most prospect-ive in the world for natural gas, with the industry’s challenge now centred more on selling it than finding it.

Merger as Aussies collapse

THE biggest story in Australia’s corporate history occurred this week with the announced merger of Australian mining giant BHP with London’s Billiton plc.

QCs face silks’ cut

THE historic title of Queen’s Counsel could disappear if a decision by the WA Law Society’s Council to change the silks’ system finds support among barristers.

Rush on for white gold

THE Kimberley’s Panton Sill project is set to be Australia’s first platinum mine with backers predicting the valuable ores could be exported by 2003.

Race to land Le Mans

LAND at the Perth airport has been proposed for a multi-million dollar racetrack development for the Asia Pacific Le Mans series.

Headhunters cut costs

PRIVATE schools and universities will be offered significantly reduced recruitment costs after being included in the State Government’s centralised recruitment structure for the first time.

Broker shrugs off finance scandal

THE finance broking business is hardly flavour of the month, yet one of the authors of a comprehensive report into the sector has decided to set up shop in this controversial industry.

Xanadu in search for acquisitions

MARGARET River winemaker Xanadu is set to hit the acquisition trail in a stock market listing planned for as early as next week after raising about $8 million in new equity.

Local support will support us

MEGA mergers like that proposed between Australia’s BHP and South African-based Billiton are real food for thought.

Professor hawks Kiwis a waltz with Matilda

LAST week six Royal New Zealand Air Force Sky Hawks arrived in WA to participate in a defence exercise that even included a French nuclear submarine.

WA law crisis averted

NEW WA Attorney-General Jim McGinty has headed off on his first interstate outing in his new job, having already played a key role in the resolution of one of the biggest conflicts concerning WA business.

Merged legal group thinks size counts

NEW Australian legal giant Allens Arthur Robinson plans to double its Perth office within three years as the AAR merger partners focus on the potential of WA for strategic growth.

Distractions hit Sterling idea

LESS than one month after it went to the market, Sterling Financial Services has withdrawn its prospectus.

‘Media storm’ livens up the news

LOCAL media monitoring business Rehame has commissioned artist Deborah Netolicky to produce a mural for their office to reflect their dynamic business.

Urquhart adds value

BARRY Urquhart is a talented self-promoter but then effective marketing is a big part of his message and his work

Resource setbacks plug gas expansion

WHILE the talk of the increased export potential of WA’s gas has the sector preparing for another development boom, the State’s domestic natural gas market has suffered setback delays in two major resource projects.

Change for recruiter

AUSTRALIASIAN recruitment heavy-weight Morgan and Banks are axing the high-profile brand to realign with parent company TMP Worldwide.

Museum documentary to HitTV

A partnership between Woodside Petroleum and the Museum of Western Australia has resulted in the museum producing a marine documentary which has been picked up by international distributor HitTV.

Business ad wins exotic holiday

LISA McKennay is busy planning a four-night holiday to one of the top destinations in the world after winning the Business News media competition.

Warton on move

RHK senior consultant Tony Warton has accepted a position at Mills Wilson Media Consultants amid speculation of a merger between RHK and Assert Marketing and Public Relations.

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