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Government must hold firm

THE Federal Government should hold the line, press ahead with a reform agenda of the financial sector and avoid any tendency towards populist backsliding, which could undo all the good that has been done says ASX chairman, Maurice Newman.

Clough scores $116.7 in a week

THE Clough group has won contracts worth $116.7 million in just one week. The group’s Indonesian subsidiary PT Petrosea TBK has won a three year extension to a major coal mining contract in the province of Kalimantan on Borneo worth $91 million.

Females good bosses: men

ONE fifth of men think females make better managers, a 1,000 subject survey by recruiter Alectus has found.

Censoring the net must begin at home

The Federal Government’s move to censor the Internet is a cynical exercise which is doomed to fail. The Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online Services) Bill has been developed by television regulators blundering into a field they know little about.

Corporate players live life in a bubble

The current flutter of hearts along the Terrace is probably not due to coronary disease but another 20th century life threatening condition: bubble-itis.

Wood exports tipped to rise

EXPORTS of Australian sawnwood and wood-based panels are tipped to rise appreciably over the next decade as log availability increases, says ABARE executive director Brian Fisher.

Seafood better bought than caught: survey

WHILE the debate about sharing fisheries between commercial and recreational fishermen rages, it appears Western Australians would rather buy their seafood than catch it.

Quality plan to boost SW jobs

NEW jobs are expected to be created and food commodity exports boosted from the South West by a new quality assurance program.

Perth airport rates well in survey

PERTH Airport has rated highly in a survey of quality of service by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

WA doctors to subcontinent

THE WA-based Australia Clinic has signed agreements with a major hospital in Pakistan and a business partner in Mumbai, Western India.

Mozambique investigated

A RECENT trade mission to South Africa and Mozambique by a WA business delegation investigated new and emerging commercial opportunities.

Freedom buys Guest

FREEDOM Furniture is acquiring the family-owned Guests Group that owns and operates 13 Guests and 5 Ander-sons furniture stores in WA, Victoria and Queensland.

Virtual life to be a reality by 2010

IT has been observed that 80 per cent to 90 per cent of the organisations we work in today will not exist in twenty years time or will be radically different.

Great hopes for wild card

THREE strikes for Carnarvon Petroleum NL are likely to have its directors and shareholders, cracking open the Vintage Brut to celebrate.

New technology catalyst for competition

A WA-based research centre has developed a spin-off company that has drawn intense interest from US venture capitalists.

Organiser teed off

A WA golf events organiser is chasing the assets of Greg Norman’s failed World Golf Club.

Suspension pays bonus

MORE than 10 years of research and development to design new four wheel drive suspension technology has paid off handsomely – about $51 million worth – for an enterprising Dunsborough identity.

Successful branding builds presence

I AM fascinated by companies, particularly successful companies. Some companies seem to operate as such an impregnable force and market presence that they never falter – Coca Cola, Mercedes or, on a local scale, Brownes.

UK market beckons grain cleaner

A SMALL Dongara-based agricultural machinery manufacturer, Nufab Industries, is on the brink of breaking into lucrative markets in the UK and Europe.

Australia sets new standard

THE next stage of a risk management revolution has been released by Standards Australia.

Marron environment to be studied

A THREE year study into the impacts of environmental changes on marron will receive $45,180 in government funding.

Tour helps build water bond

A UNIVERSITY study tour to China could help the WA Water Corporation win contracts there.

Nattrass returns to head council

LORD Mayor Peter Nattrass has easily retained his seat at the head of the Perth City Council. Dr Nattrass polled 2,196 votes, nearly 1,000 votes clear of nearest mayoral rival Councillor Laurance Goodman.

More women needed at top

MORE women should be encouraged to make an active contribution to the corporate world, says visiting chair of Corporate Women Directors International Irene Natividad.

Gingin base for Asian pig push

TAIWANESE investors are planning to establish a piggery in Gingin to supply export markets in Asia. The investors plan to build a 2,750 sow piggery to provide pork for Taiwan and Japan.

GHD stronger in Bunbury

ENGINEERING firm Gutteridge Haskins & Davey has strengthened its presence in Bunbury and WA’s south-west by moving to larger premises and appointing a new manager.

Komatsu chases $110m

ONE of the world’s largest heavy equipment suppliers, NS Komatsu, is to target a $110 million a year market for ground engaging tools.

Broome hatchery proves to be success

PASPALEY Pearls Group, the largest producer of South Sea pearls in the world, was the first to take advantage of the new Tropical Aquaculture Park located on the out skirts of Broome – and is already meeting with success.

Next generation demands responsibility

Whichever wag said ‘Youth is wasted on the young’ certainly was not foreseeing today’s world. As young people pay the usual obeisance to motherhood on Mother’s Day, perhaps we baby boomers and generation Xers should be squirming uncomfortably.