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Tim Treadgold

Perth commentator Tim Treadgold is one of the state's highest-profile business journalists. He brings decades of experience to Business News, offering readers sharp and insightful analysis of current events and breaking news.

Powerful players pressure premier

Opinion: Two high-profile billionaires have the state government in their sights, and Premier Mark McGowan has some tough decisions ahead.

Gearing up for a credit crunch

Opinion: All signs point to a tough year ahead as international trade events meet tightening credit conditions amidst falling house prices and likely changes to negative gearing.

RCR collapse a classic case of overextension

The downfall of RCR Tomlinson is another reminder of the dangers of a business getting out over its skis.

Solid grounds for optimism on exports

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Via a mix of good fortune and planning, WA has positioned itself as supplier to the fast-growing economies of Asia rather than a competitor. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

Business builders give way to corporate capital

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: From those who risked their own capital to the corporate cowboys of WA Inc and the ‘hired help’ of today, WA’s corporate story features many powerful personalities. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

Cinderella no more, ball bounces into WA’s court

WA’s economic outlook is more optimistic than those of other states, mainly due to its food, energy and minerals exports.

Tipping point reached for retail

Opinion: Tough times continue for retailers the world over, as a combination of factors led by internet offerings ramp-up the pressure.

Coal powers ahead amid political pressure

As the key commodity soars on healthy demand in Asia, big Australian companies may be rueing decisions to offload valuable coalmining assets in the face of intense opposition.

Opportunities for micro-LNG

Opinion: Investment bank Credit Suisse says there could be a new micro-LNG train getting ready to roll in WA, and smaller players such as Beach Energy could be in the driver’s seat.

Bank on a punitive aged care outcome

Despite the damning testimony at the finance royal commission, the banks are likely to emerge largely unscathed; the same will not be true for aged care providers.

Playing the long game on trade

Opinion: The fallout from the tariff fight between the US and China is only the first shot in an unfolding economic and political standoff.

New LNG projects ahead of schedule

The LNG train is warming up its engines, as two major players gear up for another round of project investment.

Retail ructions amid slowing sales

Opinion: Retailers face ongoing challenges, as sluggish sales square off with pay problems and online competition.

Currency crises counted in dollars and sense

For every winner there’s a loser, and so it will be the case if the $A continues its downward trajectory.

Can’t beat ’em, so join ’em

Opinion: A giant US retailer has embraced online sales and boosted its profit.

Back to basics for banks

Investors seem unconcerned by the fallout from the banking royal commission, with banks’ shares rising despite the flood of bad news.

Energy policy a power failure

Opinion: WA’s interest and those of other states are poorly aligned in terms of national energy policy, and the same is increasingly the case given US trade tensions with China.

Trade war looms as tipping point

The trade war between the world’s two biggest economies is the latest sign of potential economic trouble just over the horizon.

Tourism isn’t rocket science

Opinion: A more creative approach is required if the state’s weak spots on tourism are to be overcome.

Revival time or dead cat bounce?

One of the nation’s most respected economists reckons the tide may have turned for the WA economy, but falling metals prices and a global trade war could render that view obsolete.

Optimism as markets move

There may be some positive news for two beleaguered WA mining projects.

No sugar coating oil shock pain

Politics and the market have collided in terms of oil supply and demand, with speculation the world might be in for an oil shock not seen for decades.

Disruption, coming to a business near you

Opinion: Businesses that fail to change when the market demands are playing with fire.

Making friends with machines

While cost savings are one reason for greater automation in workplaces, ever-improving robotic capabilities are hastening the uptake in a range of industries.

Electric cars struggle to get pedal to the metal

Analysis: Rising supplies of battery metals, and sluggish demand for electric vehicles worldwide, are challenging local players in the sector.

Access issues to the fore amid Hedland shipping squeeze

Iron ore exporters are jostling for position as on-water traffic grows at Port Hedland.

Nickel could steal lithium’s thunder

Growing demand for nickel in steelmaking and battery production is positive news for WA, and the Kalgoorlie region in particular.

What’s in the box, Rob?

Opinion: Investors are awaiting clues as to Wesfarmers’ next moves, as it exits the British hardware business and plans a spin-off of Coles.

Oil dependency a slippery slope

Rising oil prices will affect behavior and the cost of living across all sectors of society and industry.

Concerns for local lithium if Musk’s Tesla tanks

Recent comments by Tesla’s Elon Musk, and his company’s price dive immediately after, will be of interest to the state’s lithium miners.

Oil price rise rouses small players from their slumber

A bump in the oil price has reinvigorated the fortunes of several small oil and gas explorers in WA.

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Window opens for lithium hopefuls

ANALYSIS: Worldwide demand for lithium is rising and more than 20 companies in WA are on board for the ride.

All good things must eventually come to an end

A number of asset classes are facing the likelihood of a bust this year, with WA watchers’ eyes trained on the lithium sector.

WA lithium gets jump on rivals

ANALYSIS: A forecast global surge into electric cars and buyers’ growing preference for the state’s hard rock lithium ore is putting a rocket into the sector.

New model shake-up for online used car sales

The second-hand car business was revolutionised 20 years ago with the arrival of the internet, but there is a second revolution under way that promises to be even more disruptive and could have a significant effect on some of Western Australia’s best-known car yards.

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Doubts over Qantas flight plan

OPINION: As promising as it sounds, the prospect of non-stop flights from Perth to London might not be the success some people seem to believe.

Analysis: The e-tail retail divide

If anyone didn't already know that the internet is a powerful tool for retailing they do now thanks to Australia's best ever example of how to shoot yourself in the foot.

Wine a contender for worst industry

Margaret River grape growers might hate the idea of a coal mine in their backyard, but unless the outlook for Australian wine improves they might have to change their minds.

Analysis: Bunnings' market strategy

Price fixing is illegal. What about product pegging? If you haven't heard that expression before, get used to it because it is about to revolutionise Australian retailing.