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Taking same Rhodes to the top

AN EDUCATION opportunity rather than a good resumé addition is how most WA Rhodes Scholars view their time at Oxford.

Asia’s basket case

THEY say people get the government they deserve. That is not true of the 78 million population of the Philippines, most of whom are hard working, talented and fun loving. They deserve better.

Ecommerce guides

There’s a new definition for information overload – it’s what happens when you look around for ecommerce advice.Unfortunately, much of it is prepared outside our State and is aimed at selling you a product or service.

Products branding personality

Globally, hundreds of billions of dollars are spent each year on advertising. Much of this is designed to create brand names and logos through which people can associate products and services with certain values or qualities.

Tax price rises are in the past

The September quarter Con-sumer Price Index (CPI) results, released last week, show that there is no need for further general price rises due to the New Tax System alone.

Future success needs good leadership now

IN PART the abysmal level of the exchange rate for our dollar against the US dollar is symptomatic of deep emerging problems for the Australian economy.

Commander finally moves toward float

THE leading provider of business telephone systems to Australia’s small to medium enterprises, Commander Communications Limited, is set to list on the Australian Stock Exchange through an equity raising of $75 million, following the opening of a retail is

Business Technology

WA firms in national awardsPERTH-based Pretzel Logic, Harvest Road and Select Multimedia have been nominated as finalists in the Australian Financial Review 2000 Australian Internet Awards.

WA industries digging deep

WA’S resource industries have achieved improved returns in the past year, after the commodities slump caused largely by the Asian crisis.

Mining TV show planned

WESTERN Australian Television managing director Patrick Cunneen has announced plans for a new national weekly TV program called Mining Australia.

Working Systems in joint venture

PERTH-based e-business provider Working Systems Solutions Ltd has announced a joint venture that will allow it to market both traditional and new media products and services.

WIN starts ichannel

WIN Television has become the first Australian broadcaster to integrate its broadcasting and Internet assets, delivering interactive services and the Internet via television.

New marketplace open for business

ANOTHER marketplace has been created for small and medium-sized enterprise equity.The Small Enterprise Public Offfering market is a member-based market allowing SMEs to raise capital by allotting equity.

Learning pays off

ALWAYS be ready to learn, says Anita Lawrence, of 46-year-old WA family-owned conglomerate All Boating Equipment and Master Engineering.Master Engineering builds the Roadmaster brand of boat trailers.

Worry over family business succession

CHANGING lifestyles threaten family-owned businesses in WA.More than 55 per cent of small businesses in WA are considered family businesses and 35 per cent have been operating for more than 10 years.

Net poses new challenge

SMALL business owners ignore the Internet at their peril, says Small Business Clinic managing director Fiona Anson.

‘Holiday’ job no picnic

“I AM not on holiday,” says Rottnest Island Authority CEO John Mitchell.The Irishman turned Western Australian could be the envy of most public servants and business people because he spends about three days a week on the resort island.

No hand-me-down moorings allowed

CONTRARY to popular belief, moorings at Rottnest Island cannot be passed on to the owner’s children.There are about 870 mooring licences available and a waiting list for most of them.

Island harbours chequered past

NOW touted as one of WA’s greatest tourist attractions, Rottnest Island has a chequered past.

Renovations boost visitor service

ROTTNEST Island has undergone major renovations in the 1999-2000 year.The island’s ongoing refurbishment program resulted in the upgrade of another 16 cottages at South Thomson.

Volunteers work behind the scenes

VOLUNTEERS have been a part of Rottnest from the time the island gained recognition as a favourite family holiday destination.


Weed warriorsEARLIER this year 39 volunteers organised by the Rottnest Society cleared Mediterranean sea splurge weed from the beach at Porpoise Bay.

Wesfarmers offers HQ

WESFARMERS Limited has placed its half share of its Perth headquarters on the market.The A-grade, 12-storey building at 40 The Esplanade includes 122 car bays, an imposing elevation, unrestricted river views and easy freeway access.

Shorter Group moves bigger

MARKETING communications consultancy The Shorter Group has moved to East Perth after more than two years looking for new premises and a further 12 months refurbishing the site.

Architect trend predicts building activity

A SLIGHT decline in architectural employment could indicate construction activity might also decrease over the next six months if predictions by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects prove correct.

Response delights MBA

THE lack of submissions to the Gunning Committee of Inquiry into the Building Disputes Tribunal was a vote of confidence in building standards and dispute resolution processes, according to the Master Builders Association of WA.

Building payment review

A WA Government Taskforce has been established to review the payment practices of the building industry.

New Stirling chief

THE Stirling Business Association had grown to the point where the Government was starting to take notice, according to incoming president Steve Delfos.

Comings & Goings

THE following company personnel changes have been notified to the WA office of the Australian Stock Exchange:Ken Hellsten has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Comet Resources NL.