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Passat 20V Sport at Skipper VW

INTRODUCING the new Passat 20V Sports, out now at Skipper VW.A limited offer is available on the 20 valve turbo model with special features including sports front seats and leather upholstery, walnut interior, colour coded side panels, 16” ‘Montrea...

Prawns to die for

IT IS a sad reflection that some of the finest seafood in the world, caught off the fabulous Western Australian coast, is consistently overcooked in restaurants. Our lovely prawns are a prime example, and seem to suffer this fate more often than any o...

Mamma’s chicken magic

MOST restaurants, be they glamour dining rooms or more humble eateries, boast a signature dish.In the case of Mamma Maria’s on the corner of Lake and Aberdeen streets, it is a grilled chicken ($18.90).Many have attempted to imitate this succulent...

tasting notes

IF LIKE me you are a regular restaurant person, you will have noticed the steady climb of wine prices and I believe that this Everest-like rise remains far from the summit.So, if paying such prices you must ensure you demand your rights as a patron....

SkyBiz back under microscope

ABOUT five or six months ago I wrote a story about a warning issued by the Ministry of Fair Trading regarding web-based business SkyBiz.The warning from the Ministry related to the prospect that the business involved “referral selling” which would p...

Checking cheques over the internet

CHEQUE Images Online sounds impressive, but what is it?It is BankWest’s new online service. Through this new service, BankWest allows its Online Banking customers the opportunity to view details of cheques that they have written by calling up images...

Van Eyk extends its service to the public

VAN Eyk research is a company that provides research to financial planners on matters related to managed funds and shares and other related issues.It has for a number of years and, according to their figures, about 60-65 per cent of all financial pl...

Wesfarmers puts runs on board

READING one financial newspaper report over his breakfast eggs the other morning Wesfarmers chief Michael Chaney might have been bemused to see that his share price had dropped 35c in reaction to the $201 million record profits.This was an error. T...

No need to kick the economy

GOVERNOR of the Reserve Bank Ian Macfarlane says: “It would be hard to make the case that we have already pushed up interest to a point where it is actually hurting.” No doubt he does not have a mortgage, or has ever had to meet a payroll.Economists...

IntelliFACTOR – the smart link in small business

IS your business looking for a software solution that will automatically document and link all correspondence and client information, as well as help you manage projects? If the answer is yes, new IntelliFACTOR is the solution.IntelliFACTOR combine...

Gents... no time to clothes shop?

Nothing looks more distinguished on a man than a classic white shirt.For the corporate warrior and executive who has no time (or desire) to shop, Just White Shirts & Black Socks takes the stress out of shopping.For those men who can’t be bothered...

Wealth, children and the future

children inherit the money and wealth practices of their parents. They copy their parents’ examples, actions, beliefs, habits, arguments, consumption patterns, struggles and achievements. The problem is that, after a 40 year productive work life, 96....

Mining giants hover

CASHED-UP international resource giants are circling WA’s vulnerable resource sector.Declining commodity prices and this year’s fervour have reduced the stock prices of resource companies.

West Coast winning the money game

DESPITE finishing below the Fremantle Dockers at the end of the 2000 AFL season, the West Coast Eagles look set to keep winning the financial battle.

Take opportunities: Bishop

“If an opportunity comes along, weigh it up then go for it – don’t wait for the circumstances to be exactly right.”

Shopping centre pressure

DWINDLING income and poor forecasts threaten Perth’s premier shopping centre Forrest Chase.

GST boosts retail sales

RETAIL sales in June rose 7.7 per cent due mainly to pre-GST spending, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Natural winner

ONE-sixth of the $600 million Syntroleum natural gas-to-liquids project on the Burrup Peninsular has gone to Clough Engineering.

Square plan gains time

A GRAND plan to demolish the old Law Chambers building east of the Hay Street Mall and replace it with a public square has been given more time.

New arcade would link to Terrace

A PROPOSED new arcade would link St George’s Terrace with the eastern end of the Hay Street Mall.

Prison decision on hold

BASSENDEAN Town Council is confident that moves to block the controversial women’s Pyrton Prison proposed for Eden Hill will be successful.

Fremantle policy aims to make life easier

FREMANTLE City Council hopes to make developers’ lives a little easier with its Significant Development Applications Policy.

Housing approvals in crisis

HOUSING approvals figures released for the period to June have indicated a deep slump that was a lot worse than had been forecast.

Economy saved

WA would have been in recession during the past year if State Government had not intervened, Chamber of Commerce and Industry economist Nick Cusworth said at the Australian Property Institute’s annual State conference.


Will the small players be casualties of bidding war?HOSTILE bids, friendly bids and counter bids.It is takeover time and major WA players such as North Limited and Woodside Energy are the targets.

Jafferies leads WA charge

LOCAL businesswoman Patria Jafferies led the WA’s domination of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards on Friday in Adelaide.

Students bring export dollars

WA’s four public universities are standout performers in relation to export earnings, according to a Business-Higher Education Round Table report.

Universities big players in economy

AUSTRALIA’S universities contribute $10.6 billion annually to the Australian economy– about 2 per cent of gross domestic product – with a total economic impact of over $22 billion, according to university research.The research report Of Dollars and C

Premier in Print

WESTERN Australia’s continuing strong economic position is highlighted again in the latest international trade figures.