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GST change smooth as silk

SMOOTH. That was how most bodies approached by Business News described their first week of life with the GST.

We’re on the move

BUSINESS News is on the move.

Gas pricing row fires up

A SHOWDOWN is looming over the price of gas to some of WA’s biggest players in the resource sector.

Bank takes interest in women

MAKING Challenge Bank the first choice for women is the task Michele Kilminster has set herself.

Leighton not out of race

LEIGHTON Contractors still have a slim chance of snaring the contract to build Perth’s Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Pub brawl a Northbridge concern

COUNCIL faces a planning quandary in Northbridge as more pubs push for extended trading hours.

West Perth parking rules set to change

NEW parking design rules will be applied to developments in West Perth from July 16.

Scaffidi joins council

THE balance of power around the Perth City Council horseshoe has changed with the election of Lisa Scaffidi.

Rally to roar again

COUNCIL has given the go ahead for Eventscorp to use Langley Park for Rally Australia 2000.

Winner brewing up a storm

COFFEE doyenne Patria Jafferies has been named the Telstra WA Business Woman of the Year.

Gas deadline approaches

WESFARMERS, Australian Gas Light and Utilcorp United have until July 28 to lodge their final bids for Alinta Gas.

Designer walks away

AFTER being on the cusp of global success, swimwear designer Annette Stivaletta has called it quits.

Premier in Print

WESTERN Australian business will reap the benefits of the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre with four major conventions already booked for the proposed facility.

Transperth runs under review

ONE of the most publicly-scrutinised initiatives in the WA Government’s competition reform agenda – the contracting out of Transperth bus services – has been revisited by the WA Auditor General Des Pearson.

Union numbers decrease

UNION membership has continued to decrease as more employees find its relevance in the commercial world declining, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics report Australian Social Trends 2000.

Bankruptcy numbers slide

THE number of bankruptcies in Australia dropped dramatically in the past financial year, defying interest rate rises and nervousness over the introduction of the GST.

Wheat plans on hold

THE Australian Wheat Board’s privatisation plans have stalled.

Gas proposal setback

AUSAM Resources’ bold plan to raise $6 million to exploit two gas reserves near Perth through an unlisted prospectus has failed.

WA tops income

WA HAD the country’s highest average weekly disposable income with 4 per cent above average, according to 1997-98 data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Celtic tiger roars timely message

In this year of the mighty Asian dragon, the tiny Celtic Tiger is roaring within the global economic jungle.

Compliance CD to help business

Small businesses are encouraged to use the ACCC’s pricing kit to help identify cost savings as a result of the New Tax System changes.

MSC moves into Freo

ONE of the world’s largest shippers, the Mediterranean Shipping Company, is moving its Australian head office to Fremantle.

Chamber puts port city first

IN A bid to increase membership, the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce has embarked on a new marketing and promotion campaign together with the City of Fremantle.

BankWest earnings rise

BANKWEST’S net profit has risen by 17.1 per cent and dividends per share are up 9.1 per cent.

Rural info online

WESFARMERS Dalgety and Rural Press have joined with consultants McKinsey & Company to create a one-stop Internet portal for the agricultural industry.

Business engaged in phone battle

DESPITE a long-running awareness campaign ‘6’-prefixed phone numbers are still causing confusion in Perth.

Confidence down: CCI

UNCERTAINTY over interest rates and the spectre of major tax system changes has contributed to a slump in WA business confidence during the June quarter according to the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Farm outlook brighter

FARMERS can look forward to a brighter future for 2000-01, according to forecasts by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics outlined in the June quarter issue of Australian Commodities.

Data loss closes business

ALMOST half of businesses that have a major data back-up failure and have no disaster recovery plan never re-open, according to The Integrated Financial Group’s Greg Milner.