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Consortium wins railway bid

THE ASIA Pacific Consortium has been chosen to build, own and oper-ate the Adelaide to Darwin railway.

New air service to Irian Jaya

A REGULAR Qantas Airlink passenger charter service from Darwin to Timika in Irian Jaya, Indonesia has recently been introduced.

Business assistance programs launched

A NEW range of business assistance packages funded by the Northern Territory Government were recently launched by Northern Territory Industries and Business Minister Tim Baldwin.

Legal code stresses good management

Are you a bullying boss? Do you drive your employees to reach unrealistic deadlines, and demand greater productivity with less resourcing in these competitively tough times?

UCLA impact study casts a wide net

It makes interesting news to read that a group of researchers at UCLA are about to embark upon a longitudinal study of the impact of the Internet upon consumers’ lives.

Gusti, but without gusto

YEAH, BABY YEAH! One felt like shouting Austin Powers' anthem of approbation from the rooftops. How marvellous to find a wine list where every wine is also offered by the glass.

’Taint always obvious

Would you feel confident enough to pick a corked wine? The difficulty in identifying corked wines was recently illustrated in London during a seminar organised by a wine and spirits magazine called Harpers on 16 March.

WA winery wins international gold

MARGARET River wine producer Evans & Tate has been awarded gold medals for its 1996 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon and 1996 Margaret River Merlot at the 1999 International Wine Challenge in London.

Capitalism fails to deliver for new millennium

AUSTRALIA must find a third way because capitalism and socialism are failing the country says Monash University International Centre for Management in Government senior research fellow Race Matthews.

Hackers present security nightmare

TOO many companies falsely believe they are safe from computer hacking but it is a real and growing threat to business – and Australia is recognised as having some of the world’s most skilled hackers.

Small business must move on GST

SMALL business needs to learn how the GST will affect them – fast, says Small Business Development Corporation director enterprise development Bruce McFarlane.

Injury management cuts costs

THE recently announced workers’ compensation premium rate hike will pose a substantial challenge to employers. Employers face an average 34 per cent increase. Some industries will experience increases of more than 100 per cent.

Credit decisions hurt WA

CENTRALISED credit decision making by the major banks is contributing to WA’s insolvency crisis, says Castle Gates managing director John McGlue.

Cuts keep Rio in the race

COST cutting is keeping Austra-lian and UK-listed mining giant Rio Tinto robust despite a strong downturn in commodity prices.

NAB banks on income securities

THE National Australia Bank hopes to raise up to $2 billion by means of an innovative investment scheme.

Heritage furore ignored on Mount Street

A PLAN to build a seven storey, six-apartment building at 60 Mount Street, West Perth has been approved by council, despite a negative recommendation from council staff.

Staff concerns over setting precedent ignored

A $2.3 million development planned for the vacant site at 1292 Hay Street has been approved by the Perth City Council.At its 8 June meeting, councillors voted to overturn a staff recommendation that the application be refused.

Publisher wins $90 per month CBD lease deal

VANESSA Mazza has been granted a six month lease for one of the vacant shops beneath the Perth Town Hall for a monthly rent of just $90 per month.

Councillors given $10,000 extra

COUNCILLORS have voted to give themselves $10,000 extra allowance on top of the $6,000 they receive for attending meetings.

Childcare fees rise

FEES for council’s Citiplace Child Care Centre have risen. The full weekly fee is now $178, up from $168, the daily fee has risen to $37 from $35 and the sessional fee has gone up to $24 from $22.

Consul urges: learn from Israel

WA CAN learn much about building high tech and venture capital industries from the successes of Israel, says Israel consul – economic affairs Gil Erez.

Alston leads venture capital delegation

AN AUSTRALIAN delegation is heading to Silicon Valley in the US to learn from its venture capitalists.The trade mission includes ‘home-grown’ Australian venture capital funds and Aust-ralian representatives of major regional funds.

41,000+ virtual visitors

MORE than 41,000 virtual tourists have visited the WA Tourism Commission’s new website from countries in-cluding Germany, Switzer-land and the US since its debut two months ago.

Sun sets on AFIC

ON JULY 1, the sun will set on the body regulating state-based building societies and credit unions, the Australian Financial Institutions Commission.

Online training nets win for TAFE

OFFERING training over the Internet nearly won the West Coast College of TAFE an award in the education division of the recent Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards.

Premier in Print

TAX reform is always difficult politically. In 1985, Messrs Keating, Hawke, Crean and Beazley were strong supporters of the introduction of a goods and services tax as a basis for re-forming our tax system and cutting our growing dependency on income taxe

Producers to take over abbatoirs

MEAT producers can rest easy after the acquisition of the Metro Meats abattoirs at Katanning and Linley Valley by the producer-owned WA Meat Marketing Cooperative.

Australia sends US service

THE US took the lion’s share (15 per cent) of Australia’s service exports worth $3.9 billion in 1997-98, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics’ figures.

Mediation cuts court pressure

MEDIATORS and conciliators are reducing the pressure on WA’s court system, according to Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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