Insurance – liability limbo

Insurance has become one of the biggest issues facing business in this State. WA Business News investigates the industries hardest hit by the crisis. The careers of many accountants, architects, engineers, financial planners and similar professionals are in jeopardy due to a lack of professional indemnity insurance cover. Medical indemnity insurance is facing sweeping changes as the Federal Government and the medical defence organisations (MDO) seek a solution to the burgeoning crisis. Pages 10, 12 & 13.

AlintaGas firing up for long-term investment

THE significance of AlintaGas’ latest announcement on the company’s intended move into electricity retailing will not be lost on either the State Government or Western Power. Perhaps more significant, however, is that the revelation could also prove a timely investment magnet. Managing director Bob Browning asserts gas distribution will remain a core part of the AlintaGas portfolio, with the company planning to build up to 10 co-generation plants, initially with heavyweight Alcoa. Full report, Page 14.

CFMEU denies claims of pressure on agreements

FAILURE to hold an enterprise bargaining agreement with the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union can preclude a company from working on a construction site in the Perth CBD, it has been alleged at the building industry royal commission. Full report, Page 15.

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