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New study reveals Perth suburbs selling faster than in boom

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia has revealed 10 Perth suburbs where properties are selling faster now than during the mining boom, with four of the top 10 in the western suburbs.

Corporate opposition to 457 visa axing

Parts of corporate Australia have attacked the federal government's axing of 457 immigration work visas, claiming it is a politically driven move and unfairly targets less than 1 per cent of the workforce.

GST first of many tests for Labor

OPINION: The McGowan government will need to get straight down to business, given the backlog of issues it needs to address.

Taxi tax could be admin headache

A taxi levy to buy back plates could be a major administrative headache for the sector and punish more efficient players, according to Ingogo chief executive Hamish Petrie.

Rise in Perth house prices tipped

A research collaboration between CoreLogic and ratings agency Moody's has predicted a turnaround in Perth's depressed property market this year, with a 2.8 per cent rise in detached house values foreshadowed.

Wait(ing) Awhile helps locals save on energy

OPINION: The rest of the nation has ignored the lessons learned in WA's energy market.

Mastering the art of non-selling

OPINION: Working hard to help your customers achieve their goals will go a long way to helping you succeed in your own pursuits.

Western Force set up to fail: chairman

Western Force chairman Tony Howarth says the club's efforts to succeed have been undermined by Australian rugby powers.

Business, Labor keen to make training work

SPECIAL REPORT: A 19 per cent drop in the number of trainees and apprentices in WA over the past five years is a challenge for the new state government, but also an opportunity to grow the sector.

Directors to get safe harbour during insolvency

The federal government has introduced draft insolvency reforms designed to offer more protection for company directors and make it easier to restructure faltering businesses.

457 visa program to be replaced

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the abolishment of the 457 skilled visa program, which will be replaced by a visa with new requirements for temporary foreign workers.

UWA spin-out wins appeal

The University of Western Australia could be forced to pay nearly $5 million to Bibra Lake business TSW Analytical after the Court of Appeal found its relationship with the spin-out company was largely undocumented and opaque.

Troubled times for politics and power

OPINION: WA's domestic gas policy is now being lauded by other states, as the east coast power crisis continues.

Matthys takes on Quintis CEO role

Former BHP Billiton executive Julius Matthys has been named interim chief executive of Quintis, after Frank Wilson resigned on Tuesday to plot a takeover of the Indian sandalwood producer.

Dragon to delist from ASX, raise $17m

Junior explorer Dragon Mining has announced plans to delist from the ASX as it progresses its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, while also revealing a $17.5 million capital raising.

Global investor backs Perth tech firm

Perth-based HealthEngine has shown that investors still have an appetite for quality tech companies, announcing today it has raised $26.7 million from venture capital and private equity investors in a deal led by major global player Sequoia India.

Safescape has the edge on mine roads

The top Western Australian company in this year's Energise accelerator program is developing an ambitious plan for robotic on-site manufacturing of equipment it believes will boost safety and dramatically cut costs at open pit mines.

Wave Park lease green light

The City of Melville has approved a lease for a proposed wave park on a 4.4-hectare area of Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove, after a lengthy council meeting last night.

Sympathy but no action on WA GST: Morrison

Treasurer Scott Morrison insists Western Australia's low share of the GST carve up is not his doing, saying he understands the state's frustration but won't intervene.

Neometals to sell Mt Marion stake for $125m

Neometals hopes to reap about $US96 million ($A125 million) from the sale of its interest in the Mt Marion lithium mine near Kalgoorlie, with the operation's joint venture partners given a pre-emptive right to buy the stake.

3 Oceans chief maps out Scarborough plan

Creating an iconic tourism-oriented development in the beachside suburb is just the beginning for 3 Oceans Property.