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Tax policy failure a missed opportunity

Opinion: Riding on a bus in Sydney almost two decades ago, my mother was worried we’d be homeless if the country went into a recession, as many were suggesting could happen after the Howard government introduced the GST.

Jail sentence for UWA Guild theft

A former UWA Student Guild staff member who stole around $560,000 has been sentenced to a four year jail term, after Business News reported in 2014 he had left his role and that accounting firm BDO had been hired for a forensic audit.

Voyager targets tourists with provenance push

Dining accolades, tourism successes, exploratory wines and a new venture in the pipeline – it’s a big year for Voyager Estate, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

GovNext will not deliver planned savings

The Barnett government’s ambitious GovNext ICT program was based on flawed assumptions and will not achieve the anticipated savings but still holds potential to deliver significant benefits, a review has found.

WA risks skills shortage

A 7.4 per cent decline in the number of WA trainees and apprentices in-training is leaving the state at risk of a skills shortage.

Westpac fined $35m for home loan conduct

Westpac has agreed to pay a $35 million fine after admitting to wrongly assessing people's ability to repay mortgages.

Moora college to stay open

After eight months of community protest over its education spending cuts, the state government has reversed its decision to close Moora Residential College following an $8.7 million federal grant.

GST reform to stay on agenda – Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has guaranteed his government will deliver the GST distribution solution promised under Malcolm Turnbull's leadership before the next election, and will even consider legislation if necessary.

House values forecast to decrease to 2020

New research from Moody's Analytics has forecast Perth house values to fall slightly in 2018, and again in 2019, before a slow recovery in 2020.

Austal signs $1.6bn US Navy contract

Months after being overlooked by the Australian government for local naval contracts, Henderson-based Austal has achieved more success in the US, securing a $1.6 billion contract to build two ships for the US Navy.

WA govt moves to ban online lotteries

Moves are under way in Western Australia to ban online lottery betting organisations, with the state government saying it will protect Lotterywest and minimise harm to at-risk gamblers.

Envy card a losing hand

Opinion: The improvement in quality of life and opportunity for all but a few over recent decades shows the true progress towards a more inclusive society.

Property Council cautiously backs noise reforms

The Property Council of Australia has welcomed proposed laws governing apartment projects in entertainment precincts, but has expressed caution about where the policy applies and its impact on planning approvals.