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GST price education

EDUCATION will help stamp out price exploitation when the GST comes in, says Australian Competition and Con-sumer Commission chairman Allan Fels.

GST giveaways hurt

THE Prime Minister and the Treasurer have given away more than was desirable in the revised tax reform package negotiated with the Democrats and reform comprised to this extent is only a marginal improvement on the current system.

Retail employers lauded

RETAIL industry employers have been praised for the way they are establishing career paths.

Payout risk

SHOPPING centres face the threat of major legal payouts to crime victims because they have been miserly with security, a WA security firm warns.

TravelSmart launched

A PROGRAM designed to reduce car use and make better use of other means of transport has been introduced in South Perth. The TravelSmart program is a marketing campaign promoting the use of alternative transport.

Curtin conference

IT IS hoped to foster stronger relations between business and academia when Curtin Business School hosts the inaugural Business Education and Research conference on 14 and 15 October.

Top tips for small business

AS TAX time approaches, small business owners are looking for ways to legitimately reduce their tax burden.

Landlords to be targeted

THE Australian Tax Office has landlords firmly in its sights and is conducting a series of audits to catch out the unwary and dishonest, warns the Aust-ralian Society of CPAs.

Investors beware: check schemes

INVESTORS are putting at risk millions of dollars by not carefully checking the viability of tax benefits of investment schemes before pouring in their hard earned money.

Ashton diamond projects sparkle

World-wide diamond miner Ashton Mining Ltd (ASH) has recently commenced some encouraging diamond projects which have burnished the company’s value.

First pass strikes copper for Lynas Gold

Perth-based Lynas Gold NL has intersected strongly anomalous copper in a first pass reverse circulation drilling program at the Blue Rose prospect within the Olary project.

Anzoil spuds next well

Perth-based Anzoil NL has spudded its second well in a three-well programme in the Hanoi Basin in North Vietnam.

Union sees gold on internet

Aspiring gold explorer Union Mining NL has changed tack and is seeking a new enterprise.

Direct approach beats slump

While low commodity prices are putting the squeeze on margins and operating costs throughout the resource sector, some companies are tackling the problem head on – successfully.

DRD restructured to boost effect

Western Australia’s Department of Resources Development (DRD) has been restructured as part of a drive to increase its effectiveness in securing major resource development projects.

Kalrez drops gold, chases oil

Scoring a major asset at a time when oil prices had hit major lows has transformed Perth-based junior Kalrez Energy NL from a gold explorer to an oil and gas producer.

Batchelor manganese deal

Perth-based Mt Grace Resources NL has cut a deal with Magnesium Dev-elopment International (MDI) to evaluate a process called the Heggie metallothermic technology for production of magnesium metal from magnesia.

Omitted clause could cost $6m

THE omission of a safety net clause for contracts spanning 1 July 2000 in the GST legislation could cost WA small businesses nearly $6 million says the Institute of Chartered Accountants Small Business Committee’s Ian Costley.

Small business still concerned

SMALL business confidence is high in WA, but there are still challenges facing WA’s 105,000 small businesses, according to the latest Small Business Opinion Survey.

Flexibility not the only reward

FLEXIBILITY is not the only benefit of running your own business, says Aalto Colour WA owner and new L’Entrepreneuse president Sheryl Martin.

Human resource focus needed

SMALL business managers need to focus more on the development of formal human resource management systems, a new study has found.

Protection submission wanted

SMALL business owners are being asked to make submissions to the Small Business Safeguards Reference Group.

Exercise improves job prospects

WORKERS with long-term injuries are more likely to improve their job prospects if they undertake physical activity programs, new research has found.

Injuries hidden to save jobs

WORKERS may be hiding back injuries from their employers for fear of losing their jobs, says Curtin University of Technology physiotherapy school senior ergonomics lecturer Leon Straker.

Overwork unhealthy

EMPLOYEES who have high work demands placed on them – but little say – are at risk of injury or ill health, says The OH&S Services Network head Barbara McPhee.

Comings & Goings

THE following company personnel changes have been notified to the WA office of the Australian Stock Exchange:

Exercise improves job prospects

WORKERS with long-term injuries are more likely to improve their job prospects if they undertake physical activity programs, new research has found.

Injuries hidden to save jobs

WORKERS may be hiding back injuries from their employers for fear of losing their jobs, says Curtin University of Technology physiotherapy school senior ergonomics lecturer Leon Straker.

Overwork unhealthy

EMPLOYEES who have high work demands placed on them – but little say – are at risk of injury or ill health, says The OH&S Services Network head Barbara McPhee.

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