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Now there’s no place to hide!

I AM certainly not alone in being spellbound by the haste at which economists have had to change their forecasts of growth for the world.

Half dollar not all bad news

THE word “correction” has now been officially expunged from stockbrokers lexicons. The Dow Jones Index has lost 18 per cent from its peak in the middle of last year.

Disharmony at Hampton

BERNARD Swanepoel, chief executive of South Africa’s Harmony Gold Mining group, is arriving in Perth next week. And he is bringing his cheque book.

Perth firms fight legal brain drain

PERTH law firms are experiencing a shortage of mid-level staff as big salaries beckon young lawyers with corporate experience overseas.

Raider moves on cash kitty

THE cash box left after the failure of WA’s first wine company listing is fighting an east coast bidder from the industry, which appears to be after a $5 million kitty left after the sale of three vineyards last year.

City needs broad community

THE city community should be acc-essible for people and families of all income groups, thereby contributing to a city that is socially inclusive and culturally diverse, according to City Housing executive officer Hans Gerritsen.

New environment for political power plays

BUSINESS is clamouring to rub shoulders with the newcomers in the seat of WA’s political power, with the minority parties attracting an unprecedented level of attention.

Aussie yards rival Asia for ship repairs

SOUTH East Asia’s dockyards face tougher competition for export earning repair business as our commercial shipyards sharpen their marketing focus on the region.

Market weighs up health club

THE future of BC The Body Club has been the subject of market speculation, with talk that the health club chain is considering some form of restructuring.

Food speeds down fast lane

MASS consumption of fast food is a New World phenomenon.People in traditional societies - such as Europe - tended to eat at a more leisurely pace.

Caravans pioneered the road for takeaway chains

PERTH has had a fast food culture since at least the early World War II years, so for more than 60-years, albeit on a far smaller scale than today.

Fast Eddys expands across Australia

POPULAR Perth-based 24-hour restaurant/café chain Fast Eddys has launched an expansion program designed to establish up to 40 new all day/all night outlets nationwide over the next four years.

Legal brain drain a global reality

STAGGERING offers for young lawyers who have been working for less time than they spent at university should be seen as a portent of things to come.

Musical Ministers fail to fill right seats

WITH the wheels falling off the high tax Howard Government one can be forgiven for having hoped for some stability within the new government West Australians so recently elected.

Traders cashing up by factoring

Figures from the Institute of Factors and Discounters would seem to suggest so.

Tower start for west end

CONSTRUCTION on a multi-million dollar office and retail development planned to revitalise the western end of Wellington Street is expected to start within weeks.

ASIC agrees to dealer probe

THE Australian Securities and Investments Commission Ltd has accepted an enforceable undertaking by licensed securities dealer D&D Tolhurst.

Mr Unions considers his next step in life

AFTER 25 years in the union movement, Tony Cooke is looking for a change.He will not be standing for re-election at the end of his second term as Unions WA secretary.

Contract laundry blue

CONTRACT hire staff have become the sticking point in an industrial dispute that flared at Linencare Australia this week.

Growers push to wind back GST

A WA wine industry proposal to exempt producers’ first 1 million litres from the wine equalisation tax has been adopted at a national level as the producers prepare to use their electoral clout to wind back GST-driven exise increases.

Vineyard plans property listing

WINE company Evans & Tate hopes to emulate stock market giants Wesfarmers and Westfield Holdings with its plan to spin off property assets into a separately listed vehicle.

MacTiernan to rule on bid for city bar

A PROPOSAL to turn 356 Murray Street, Perth into an eating house and bar could still get off the ground, even though Perth City Council refused it.

Microsoft drives flexible net programming

Australia’s IT industry is being held back because of the cost of broadband cable and lack of wireless services, according to Microsoft Australia spokesman Philip Meyer.

Third Rail signs US wireless deal

THE South Perth communications company Third Rail has signed a Letter of Intent with a US New Hampshire county to supply wireless services for two of its university campuses.

Business Online

DISTURBING items in the news indicate the Federal Goverment could do more with respect to appropriate policies in the IT&T field.

Mineral Exodus to probe cancer

IN its planned shift from minerals to healthcare and biotechnology research and development, West Perth-based Exodus Minerals is seeking shareholder agreement to change its name and divest itself of its minerals resources.

Open the gates to R&D innovation

WAY back in 1980 Bill Gates had a meeting which was to set him on the road to many billions of dollars and attracting an unhealthy interest from the US Department of Justice.

Offshore job problems plague WA companies

A CURTIN Business School study has uncovered disturbing trends in the deployment and management of employees who are sent to work on overseas projects for Western Australian companies.

Campaign to boost tree farming profile

WANING investor confidence and criticism of tree farming practices in rural Australia has prompted the industry’s new umbrella organisation to launch a national awareness campaign.

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