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Business warned of long-term IR impost

EMPLOYER and industry groups are warning employers the State Government’s new labour relations regime will have effects reaching far beyond the increased labour costs associated with the abolition of workplace agreements. Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA director of employee relations Bruce Williams said it would be some time before we see the full effects of the legislation. Full report, Page 4.

A strong family brand

WORKING hard and enjoying it is one of the overriding principals driving one of WA’s largest family businesses AHG is WA’s second largest private company after the Multiplex Group, according to the WA Business News Book of Company Lists. It holds 25 vehicle and truck franchises through 13 dealerships – expected to become 14 next year with the addition of a new Toyota dealership in Clarkson. Full report, Page 5.

Cash flow and compliance dog GST

THE GST has turned two but the impact of its introduction remains. Cash flow and compliance problems remain the two biggest problems facing businesses post the GST’s introduction. However, other GST issues appear to have settled down. Most accountants report that dealing with the GST and filling out the quarterly or monthly Business Activity Statements have become routine.

Full report, Pages 6&7.

Australian year confounds world

INTEREST rates may be near historically low levels, inflation well in check and the domestic dollar at a competitive rate with the US dollar but, all of this good economic management stands to be swept aside if the world’s largest economy, the US, continues to falter. That has been the clear message put out by economic commentators and politicians during the 2001-02 financial year and is set to continue to overshadow local fears during the coming financial year. Full report, Page 12.

Plumbers pushing gas

ONE of WA’s largest utilities has turned retailers and plumbers into a second sales force for its product. For the past six years AlintaGas has been using its AlintaGas-approved gas fitters and retailers to promote its main product – natural gas. Full report, Page 13.

Wireless comes off second best in tech tussle

IT wasn’t so long ago that someone realised it was possible to use the Internet without being tied down to old-fashioned wire connections.

But while there is no question about the popularity and versatility of mobile phones, for example, it seems other wireless applications have not enjoyed the same success. The widespread introduction of DSL services has dampened some efforts for wireless services. Full report, Page 14.

More selective use of outsourcing urged

WHILE the WA Government is expanding its outsourcing agenda through new public-private partnerships, Perth’s academics believe the pendulum is shifting. One suggested a rethink of outsourcing was needed. Full report, Page 36.

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