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Tax change will create hub

THE Australian Stock Exchange believes tax reform can make Australia the financial hub of the Asia-Pacific region.

Greater water security in pipeline

WATER source projects planned for the next four years will give Perth a level of water security unseen for the past 25 years says Water Resources Minister Kim Hames.

Seven sign for power

SEVEN consortia have been shortlisted for the right to generate electricity in WA’s Mid-West.

Competitive Australia rides out storm

AUSTRALIA rode out the Asian crisis better because it was more competitive, says Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chief Allan Fels.

Gloom no deterrent to Shell's plans

GLOOM in WA's oil and gas industry has not deterred Shell Development Australia from moving its corporate office to Perth from Melbourne.

Trustees expect to be hurt

THE transition to the Federal Government’s Managed Investment Act will hurt trustees says Perpetual Trustees managing director Graham Bradley.

CSR, NAB cited good prospects

CSR, National Australia Bank and Howard Smith should outperform the 50 leaders index over the next quarter, according to a report produced by Macquarie Porter Western.

Farm value to rise

A MODEST increase in the net value of farm production is forecast in 1999-2000 according to the March issue of ‘Australian Commodities - Forecasts and Issues’ released last week by ABARE.

Seafood markets uncertain

ASIAN seafood markets are likely to remain unreliable in the near future, says ABARE’s Perry Smith.

Cyclists circle Australia for charity

TWO English ladies are currently undertaking a charity cycle ride around Australia to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia.

Challenge claims 20%

WA’S CHALLENGE Bank is claiming a 20 per cent market share in the local home loan market as the bank continues its recovery in this sector.

Greeks seeking new ships

WA’S aluminium fast ferry industry is a source of fascination for Greek shipping companies, says Greek consul Theodore Tsakiris.

WA TAFE opens in China

WA’S latest TAFE college has opened its doors — in China.The Anhui China Australia TAFE College in Hefei, the capital of the Chinese province of Anhui, is jointly managed by Central TAFE, TAFE International WA and the Anhui Academy of Science and Techno

Polymers provide clients termite free posts

TERMITE-riddled verandah posts are a thing of the past. WA company Polymer Design Building Products has developed a range of posts from polymer that repel termites and do not warp, rust, rot or split.

Shopfitter shortage

RETAILERS are being urged to book shopfitters for renovations or refits well in advance.

Preston plant sets new nickel precedent

Producing its first metal from the Bulong nickel/cobalt project has set a new precedent for WA-based miner Preston Resources Limited.

Chirano right address

STOCKBROKER State One Equities analyst Alan Hill believes the evidence to date suggests the Chirano project offers real “company making” potential.

Power crisis cuts mine operations in Ghana

A major hurdle for Red Back Mining NL (RBK) to overcome will be the power crisis currently underway in Ghana. This has affected Ranger’s operations at Damang mine.

Aurora beats climate

Perth-based Aurora Gold Limited’s Mt Muro gold and silver mine in Indonesia overcame another year of climatic extremes to post a lower $14.5 million operating profit.

WA diamonds set in gold

THE value of diamond production in WA has increased substantially, mainly due to the devaluation of the Australian dollar, but partly due to the Asian economic crisis.

AIC hits top gear

Australian International Carbon Limited (AIC) has completed the relocation and upgrade of its activated carbon processing plant and moved to full production.

Timor Sea proves to be feasible prospect

The Northern Australia Gas Venture (NAGV) has confirmed that development of Timor Sea gas is technically feasible, but ultimate success depends upon capture of markets and project economics.

Troy extends mine

HIGH-grade gold intersections by Troy Resources NL have extended mineralisation at the Bulchina prospect in the Sandstone region of WA.

ACCC targets small business

SMALL business operators are the latest target for the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission.

Local printers priced out of profit

TOO many WA printers have priced themselves into a hole they cannot escape says Touchstone Colour founder Terry Stone.Mr Stone said sheet-fed printing in Perth was the cheapest in Australia.

Moving to London a Snap for WA firm

SNAP Printing has extended its global expansion program to London, opening its first centre in Marylebone High Street.

Timely transport pays dividends

BUSINESS people’s need for timely transport is paying dividends for Bruce Cross. Mr Cross, owner of Quality Personal Transport, is one of Perth’s growing number of Small Charter Vehicle operators.

Tumultuous time for markets

Ever get the feeling that the market over the past twleve months was particularly volatile?

12 deadly work sins

RECRUITMENT firm Catalyst has release its list of the 12 deadly sins in the work place – ambition, customer service, job security, deadlines, office politics, management style, envy, technology, autonomy, workload, lack of appreciation and lack of control