Jones to head Deloitte resources group
Big four accounting firm Deloitte has chosen its WA managing partner Keith Jones to lead its energy and resources group. Mr Jones takes over from Melbourne-based Phil Hopwood, who will lead Deloitte's global mining industry group. Mr Jones joined Deloitte in 1975 and has been a partner since 1985. In 1998, he was appointed as Deloitte's WA managing partner. He also leads Deloitte's China services group and until recently WA's mining and resources group.
Fishing great Kailis passes away
One of the dominant players in the state's commercial fishing industry for the past half a century Theo Kailis has passed away. In partnership with Murray France, Mr Kailis created the Kailis and France Group which became one of Australia's most diversified and valuable seafood businesses with interests in every aspect from fishing, processing and export marketing.
Smith takes defence in federal cabinet
Federal member for Perth Stephen Smith has taken on the defence portfolio, moving aside from foreign affairs to make room for former prime minister Kevin Rudd, a shuffle described by political commentators as ‘taking one for the team’. Despite its poor showing in WA in the federal poll, local members have increased their influence with Senator Chris Evans taking on jobs, skills and workplace relations after nearly three years as immigration minister, and Gary Gray elevated to the outer ministry with the title special minister for state. Mr Gray was previously a parliamentary secretary with responsibility for northern and western Australia. His new role is seen as a roving position with a focus on ensuring Labor is re-elected.