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MACA wins $28m BHP contract

Local contractor MACA has locked in a $27.5 million contract for crushing and screening services at BHP Billiton’s Area C mine in the Pilbara.

King of Queen Street lifts veil on new Moroccan bar

With the outlook for the small bar sector becoming more positive, hospitality entrepreneur Andy Freeman has embarked on a $2 million Moroccan-themed venue in Perth’s east end.

Rethinking how we use tech

Determining what to teach at schools and how to teach it are critical as technology and education become inseparably interwoven.

AHG slumps on trading update

Shares in Automotive Holdings Group slumped today after the company flagged challenging market conditions and a drop in retail margins due to regulatory changes.

Austal launches $40m expansion

Austal has announced a $US30 million ($40 million) expansion of its commercial shipbuilding operations across three sites, including a $6 million upgrade at Henderson, days after the company was left out of the contract to build Australia’s new offshore patrol vessels.

Australian shares fall on choppy US lead

Australian shares have opened marginally lower after US stocks handed back earlier gains to finish only slightly higher.

$A falls as Wall Street pares back gains

The Australian dollar is lower after US stocks handed back earlier gains to end the session only slightly higher, and copper prices fell.

Oil prices gain as oversupply ends

Oil prices rose on Monday as OPEC reported that the global oil glut has been virtually eliminated, while US crude's discount to global benchmark Brent widened to more than $7, its deepest in five mont

Gold prices dip as US dollar bounces back

Gold slipped on Monday as the US dollar strengthened and precious metals prices remained within a tight range as investors awaited key US data.

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Fears warship planning could cut out WA

Archiapps into voluntary administration

Local building contractor Archiapps has entered into voluntary administration, less than two weeks after the Building Commission issued a warning to consumers about the company.

Steps forward for two lithium projects

A plan to redouble capacity at Talison Lithium’s Greenbushes mine was lodged with the federal government’s environmental regulator last week, while US-based Albemarle Corporation has updated its timeframe for a Kemerton refinery.

Resources, healthcare lift Aust shares

The Australian share market has closed higher, with gains in the resource and healthcare sectors overshadowing a hefty fall in Telstra shares to an almost seven-year low.

Seven upgrades earnings on strong mining sector

Seven Group Holdings has upgraded its full-year earnings guidance, after the company said it was performing above expectations due to strength in the mining industry and east coast infrastructure acti

Collaboration’s best to come

SPECIAL REPORT: A shared love of wine and the merger of old-world know-how with new-world techniques are behind the growth of Marchand and Burch.

Sandalford selling wine experiences

SPECIAL REPORT: Sandalford Wines has established itself as one of Australia’s most popular wineries, with dining and events key to its appeal in the wine tourism market.

Chinese taste for WA wines leads Asian sales push

SPECIAL REPORT: Local wineries are embracing China’s growing taste for WA wine with plans to develop more export opportunities across Asia.

ABN appoints CEO, new bank partner

Dale Alcock’s ABN Group has recruited former Arrium managing director Andrew Roberts as its chief executive, while announcing Bankwest as its new banking partner, after nearly 40 years with ANZ.

Libs skip WA by-elections 'to save money'

Julie Bishop and Mathias Cormann have backed the Liberal Party's decision not to contest the Perth and Fremantle by-elections, saying it would be a waste of money.

Sipa soars on Rio JV

Shares in Sipa Resources soared today after the company announced a joint venture agreement with mining giant Rio Tinto at the junior explorer’s Kitgum-Pader base metals project in northern Uganda.

Brookfield lobs Healthscope bid

Australia's second-largest private hospitals operator, Healthscope, has received a $4.35 billion takeover offer from a Canada based firm.

NSL in $10m raising

Iron ore-focused NSL Consolidated has tapped investors for $10 million to fund an expansion of its Kurnool wet beneficiation plant in India.

Telstra flags challenges in the year ahead

Telstra expects earnings to be at the bottom end of its full-year guidance range and has flagged challenging conditions to continue in the year ahead.

Australian shares flat after soft US lead

Australian shares have started the day virtually unchanged, following a soft offshore lead after US equities ended trade mixed on Friday.

$A slightly higher against $US

The Australian dollar is slightly higher, after a Wall Street had a mixed session on Friday and most base metals prices were lower.

Oil prices as Iran sanctions fears ease

Crude prices fell in a see-saw session on Friday, retreating after early gains as it looked likely that US allies would push to maintain a deal with Iran, which could keep that country's crude exports on global markets.

Gold prices flat, as US dollar weakens

Gold prices were flat on Friday, as the US dollar weakened and investors grew a bit less confident about prospects that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates three more times in 2018.

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Labor gains on ‘fair’ budget: poll

Clough wins BHP South Flank contract

Engineering company Clough has been contracted for early works for the non-process infrastructure at BHP Billiton’s $4.6 billion South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara.

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