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Top gong to Jindong’s juice

EVANS & Tate may have chucked a cat in with the pigeons by being named the makers of the world’s finest red wine at the 2000 International Wine Challenge in London recently.


BIERFEST is Ravenswood Sanctuary’s answer to Germany’s famous annual beer-drinking festival, Oktoberfest.It will include live music by German band Nova Echo, traditional German food and a combination of local and imported brews on October 21. Quaffing

Rate rise ‘unsustainable’

ANYONE who professes to know where the Aussie dollar is headed would only be kidding themselves or their audience.After the Prague meeting of the finance ministers of G7, it announced to the world that it intended to do something about the weakening Eur

Superannuation TFN warning

ABOUT one quarter of superannuation fund investors in Australia did not have their tax file numbers recorded, according to a survey by licensed securities dealer Count Wealth Accountants.

Fighting credit card fraud

CREDIT card fraud was becoming easier to detect following the introduction of a software package that identifies transactions which are different to the customer’s usual spending patterns, according to National Australia Bank.PRISM was introduced by the

Weekly commentary

Weekly commentaryEconomy: The continuing rise in the US$ and world oil prices is now placing significant pressure on the world economy and if maintained are likely to lead to significant slowdown in world economic growth in 2001. Oil prices paid in Eu

Business expectations fall

Business expectations fallThe CCI/BankWest Survey of Business Expectations for the coming year in Western Australia fell by 42.7 per cent in the year to September 2000. Between June and September, the balance of sentiment decreased by 13.8 per cent.

Banking on foreign investment

It has been said that we tend to use statistics as a drunken man uses a lamp-post — for support rather than illumination. But one set of figures just out throws some light on how WA is very much on the map for foreign investors.

Information technology: a contrarian view

The Nasdaq market has been murdered on at least three occasions this year. Each time, the corpse has clambered out of the coffin. The latest Dracula act came after giant chip maker Intel spooked investors with news that the Euro was eroding its earnings.

Hoverboards take gold

PERTH powertool and technology company Arbortech is one the WA firms most likely to strike gold from its involvement in the Olympic Games.

Massive project to ‘pull the plug’

MINING the Hope Downs iron ore deposit in the Pilbara will require dropping the level of the surrounding water table more than 180 metres below its current level, and raising it back up when the mine is eventually decommissioned.

Independent grocers feel short-changed

WA’S independent grocers are disappointed with the long-awaited Retail Grocery Industry Code of Conduct.The voluntary code is part of the Federal Government’s response to last year’s Fair Market or Market Failure report.

Lobbyist expects busy times

INDEPENDENTS are likely to decide the outcome of the next WA Government election, says former WA Liberal Party leader turned political lobbyist Barry MacKinnon.

Ramsgate Resources hits the hi-tech road

IN THE tradition of junior miners gone hi-tech, Ramsgate Resources has changed its name to Internet Solutions Australia and moved its stock from the mining to the industrial index of the Australian Stock Exchange.

Outsourcing concerns

A RECENT court case in Victoria could have serious repercussions for WA local governments seeking to outsource.The Federal Court found a Victorian council had unfairly dismissed employees when it attempted to outsource its health care division.

Campaign pays off

* A CAMPAIGN by the Stirling City Council has paid off with the WA Government announcing work will start on western extension of the Reid Highway. Engineer Henry Walker Eltin has been given the contract to complete the $16 million extension.

Vincent cottage to be saved

AN OLD cottage at 245 Vincent Street, Leederville is to be retained and restored as an entry statement for the Town of Vincent.

Port key to boom

THE Port of Broome – officially known as the Port of Pearls – is racing to complete a multi-million dollar development designed to cash in on the growing trade boom in the rugged Kimberley region of North West Australia.

ALP, union truce close

THE Australian Labor Party’s WA branch seems close to negotiating a truce with unions over its labour relations policy.

General News

Buy Local policy releasedSMALL and regional businesses will find it easier to sell goods and services under a new policy framework outlined by the Works and Services Minister Rob Johnson.

WA companies collesct Olympic gold

WA know-how has produced the goods again.From the construction of the showpiece for the biggest sporting event in the world to providing embroidery on souvenir towels, WA firms have helped Olympic organisers stage the world’s biggest sporting event in S

Heritage value considered

I WOULD like to respond to a small part of Tina Spadaccini’s letter ‘Heritage management a farce’ (Business News, September 7-13).

Simple solution to curbing inflation

BECAUSE of a half per cent increase in interest rates a low-income earner needs to pay an extra $20 per month in mortgage payments on their $100,000 loan.

Screaming the wrong message

THE dogmatic and screaming activists are back – and with a vengeance.Not in any great strength in WA as yet, but they certainly roused up the numbers for eastern Australia last week for their first big screaming fest.

Premier in Print

THE World Economic Forum in Melbourne, where I spent a few quiet days last week, delivered some strong messages on future policy directions.

Gun deal for hobby shop

IT’S not often that the Australian Army is ready, willing and able to place an order for 1000 tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and self-propelled guns.

Lifecare’s cottage plan pays off

A PLAN to corporatise Australia’s “cottage” physiotherapy industry is paying off for WA physiotherapy group Lifecare Health.

Hong Kong creeps back

HONG Kong has just conducted what passes for elections in the Special Administrative Region of China.The results did not entirely go as analysts predicted.

General News

Imports increaseAUSTRALIAN merchandise imports increased almost 10 per cent during August – a 21 per cent rise on a year ago, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The strongest rises were concentrated in manufactured imports.