Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Woodside boss laments high taxes, over-regulation - The West Australian

Woodside boss laments high taxes, over-regulation - The West Australian:

Peter Coleman. Picture: Astrid Volzke/The West Australian.

The Woodside boss, who is trying to work out whether a land-based development of the Browse LNG project is viable in WA's high cost construction environment, also highlighted Australia's low ranking on several global productivity measures.

They included a 50th rank out of 51 in terms of total factor productivity growth in a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and the World Economic Forum's ranking of Australia this year of 42nd in terms of labour market flexibility and 96th in terms of burdens caused by government regulation.

Woodside shares closed down three cents at $33.90 in a broadly firmer market.

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