New Lithium Plant approved by McGowan Government

The Albemarle Lithium plant has been granted environmental approval from the McGowan Government, giving the go-ahead for a lithium manufacturing plant in the State’s South West. The Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, 17kms north east of Bunbury, will be home to the new plant, and will process spodumene ore concentrate, through five process trains, to produce…

Priority Sector Funding to assist WA and Asian business

A new grant program is now accepting applications, with the aim of assisting Western Australian companies to engage with and develop international business capabilities in Asia. The Priority Sector Funding Program seeks applications from industry associations and bilateral businesses, running projects on behalf of WA’s priority trade and investment sectors. This comes as part of…

State Labor wants live animal export industry to improve

Federal Opposition announced support for banning live animal exports if victorious in the next election. “We’ve never had a federal party come out and say ‘if we get elected we will stop any element of the live animal trade,” said activist Katrina Love. The Bader III ship arrived in Fremantle port on Thursday and was…

Royal Commission exposes financial misconduct

A Royal Commission into financial institutions and the big four banks has revealed scandalous findings this week and are now under scrutiny. Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison, said they charged people for services they didn’t provide, misleading the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Penalties for corporate misconduct attract fines of more than $200 million and possible…

Oh what a feeling…

Toyota will no longer make cars in Australia from 2017 with 2,500 jobs expected to be lost. The President of Toyota Akio Toyoda flew to Australia to make the announcement saying “I did want to come here directly for myself and speak with my own words directly to our people,” he said. “Therefore, when we…

Controversial former Premier passes away

By Danielle Staniskov WA’s Former controversial Premier Ray O’Connor has passed away, aged 86. Premier Colin Barnett made the announcement on Tuesday morning. “I am saddened to hear about the death of former Western Australian Premier Ray O’Connor overnight”. Mr Barnett said. O’Connor was an Australian liberal politician and served in parliament for 24 years.…