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It’s not you iPad, it’s me: Why we stopped buying them

It is the one Apple gadget that everybody loves but nobody is willing to buy. As Apple is tipped to launch as many as four new iPad models in the next few weeks, it faces the quandary of how to breathe life into the dismal tablet market, with our favourite iPad still being the model that was released six years ...

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Respect and balance: Planning a future Perth

Unless all sides of those debating contentious issues could air their views in a safe and respectful atmosphere, there was a real risk important planning decisions of the future would be made behind closed doors. In response to questions about tensions between planning for future housing needs and taking views of concerned residents into account, WA urban planner Urbis regional ...

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Culturally central A-grade office with warehouse tests mood

The Hatch building, a four-level, fully leased A-grade office building at 144 Stirling Street, is expected to whet the appetite of counter-cyclical investors. Another potentially market-testing central A-grade office building, 144 Stirling Street, is being offered for sale, allowing its new owners to capitalise on the substantial progress of the $4 billion Perth City Link project including Yagan Square. Savills ...

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Charter Hall snaps up Smith’s chip site

Smith’s Snackfood site. Institutional property giant Charter Hall has made a strategic, counter-cyclical swoop on Perth’s beleaguered industrial market, snapping up the Smith’s Snackfood Company site in Canning Vale for $9.6 million. The 3.3ha site at 38 Bannister Road is next to the Kmart Canning Vale distribution centre site, on 16ha, jointly owned by Charter Hall and Australian Unity funds, ...

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Baldivis Square forges links

Prime Group’s $30 million 6000sqm neighbourhood shopping centre Baldivis Square opens on Monday. Prime Group’s $30 million Baldivis Square shopping centre on Makybe Drive opens its doors on Monday. The 6000sqm shopping centre, anchored by an IGA supermarket, has 16 specialty retailers, including a dentist and medical centre, and work on a childcare centre will start before the end of ...

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McGowan’s first act: Calls on PM for jobs promise

Premier Mark McGowan.Picture: The West Australian In his first move as WA Premier, Mark McGowan has asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to remove Perth from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. The scheme has classed Perth as a regional centre since 2011, making it easier for people from overseas to obtain a work visa for WA. Mr McGowan told reporters on ...

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Canning wants buzz, density

The renewed City of Canning is confident its residents are embracing its $100 million “regeneration” program including a new main street, denser development near the train station and a bid to create a thriving night-time economy. However, it says it will need State and Federal government assistance to realise a vision it says has been a long time coming. City ...

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Rayney name ‘irreparably tainted’ over murder charge

Lloyd Rayney’s sister says she is glad she changed her name when she got married because it allowed her to escape the difficulties that came with the “irreparably tainted” Rayney surname. Raelene Johnston was called to give evidence today in her brother’s multimillion-dollar defamation trial brought against the State after he was named the prime and only suspect in his ...

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Skipper Steve Smith runs out of partners as Australia bowled out for 451

Australian captain Steven Smith kisses his helmet after scoring a century during the first day of their third test cricket match against India in Ranchi, India, Thursday, March 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)Picture: AP Unbeaten maestro Steve Smith ran out of partners after reaching uncharted territory in Ranchi, where India eventually bowled out Australia for 451 on day two of ...

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Bell Group dealings back in the courts

Alan Bond’s dodgy dealings with Bell Group offshoots are set to be reprised in court.Picture: The West Australian Alan Bond’s dodgy dealings with Bell Group offshoots are set to be reprised in the WA Supreme Court as creditors and liquidators wrangle over $1.8 billion of litigation proceeds. At the heart of a litigation now engulfing Bell liquidator Tony Woodings is ...

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