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  • WesTrac names new CEO

    25 November 2013 6:02 AM 30

    Seven Group Holdings says it has appointed Woodside executive Jarvas Croome as the chief executive of WesTrac WA and chief executive designate of the broader WesTrac business. Mr Croome will begin at WesTrac in April next year, reporting to managing director and chief executive Don Voelte. Mr Voelte, himself a former chief executive of Woodside, said Mr Croome

  • Male CEOs campaign for board equality

    25 November 2013 4:14 AM 40

    Updated: 15:59, Monday November 25, 2013 A group of Queensland based chief executives have joined a campaign for gender diversity in boardrooms - and they're all men. Lance Hockridge, the head of freight rail group Aurizon, is among the company chief executives who have joined a Male Champions of Change campaign. Aurizon's 10-member board includes two women

  • BHP buys new shiploaders

    25 November 2013 4:04 AM 39

    BHP Billiton has approved the $US301 million purchase of two replacement shiploaders for the company's Nelson Point port operations in Port Hedland. "The two new shiploaders will increase the reliability of our inner harbour port facilities," the company said. Each new machine has a loading capacity of 12,500 tonnes an hour compared to the existing shiploaders

  • Official opening of BHP Billiton's Jimblebar mine cancelled due to airport closure

    25 November 2013 3:59 AM 34

    The opening of BHP Billiton's newest mine has been cancelled due to the closure of the Newman airport due to re-sealing works. The Premier was due to attend the opening of Jimblebar, east of Newman, this morning. In a statement the company said: "Though regrettable, the cancellation does not detract from the significant achievement of the opening of our newest

  • ABC wages leaked to media by Family First MP Robert Brokenshire staffer

    24 November 2013 11:32 PM 39

    Thousands of ABC employee salaries details were leaked to a national newspaper by an employee in the office of South Australian Family First MLC Robert Brokenshire, he has confirmed. News Limited papers this week extensively reported the salaries of numerous ABC journalists and presenters. The salary information was mistakenly released by the ABC to Mr Brokenshire

  • Thieves cause extensive damage after setting fire to ATM at Port Kennedy shopping centre

    24 November 2013 11:01 PM 24

    Thieves have caused extensive damage to a shopping centre south of Perth while trying to blow up an automatic teller machine. They set fire to the Bendigo Bank ATM at the Port Kennedy shopping centre on Warnbro Sound Avenue just before 4:30 am. A car used by the thieves to flee the scene was found burnt out a short time later in Barker Road, Wellard

  • Cream of Aussie milk producers spying export potential

    24 November 2013 1:45 PM 38

    REINVIGORATED milk producers are emerging from the $1 a litre milk wars by creating specialised dairy lines to cater for growing Asian appetite for Aussie food. Handmade organic and artisan cheeses, gelato and ice cream are just a few "clean and green" dairy products, adding to existing high-demand exports such as infant milk powders. Food manufacturing

  • Harvey Norman faces pressure to dole out franking credits

    24 November 2013 1:44 PM 60

    Harvey Norman's Gerry Harvey and the Australian Shareholders Association's Stephen Mayne agree on one issue - the retailer should pay out its millions of dollars in franking credits. Even so, as the annual meeting season reaches its final week, with Harvey Norman, Woolworths, Bank of Queensland and Challenger Financial Services among the companies set to present

  • Libs pledge millions to increase fuel reduction burns

    24 November 2013 1:03 PM 40

    The Tasmanian Opposition has promised to spend $28 million on bushfire fuel reduction burns if it wins the election. The Liberals plan would increase fuel reduction burning to 60,000 hectares per year, which equates to five per cent of treatable land. The Opposition would also form a Fuel Reduction Unit, which be drawn from the Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife

  • Freelancer doesn't exploit says CEO

    23 November 2013 11:36 PM 33

    Updated: 11:59, Sunday November 24, 2013 The founder of newly-listed online employment outsourcing firm Freelancer has predicted his business will enjoy growth similar to that of web giants Ebay and Amazon. The company, formed in 2008 from a granny flat, describes itself as the world's biggest outsourcing and crowd sourcing service. But chairman and chief