Office market in Perth, Brisbane to slump, bank says

Office rents in Brisbane could fall 6.4 per cent by next year as vacancies rise. Photo: SCMP

Vacancies in Perth's central business district will surge to 17.5 per cent in the next three years from 6.5 per cent now, and in Brisbane will soar by about 10 percentage points to 23 per cent, analysts led by Lou Pirenc wrote in a note this week.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 3:21am

After the deluge, Queensland seeks HK investors for rebuilding boom

The floods in Queensland may seem like an afterthought now after last month's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but the Australian state still faces a massive reconstruction task.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


Today: Canadian Chamber of Commerce event: 'Ivey debates 'Canada has missed the boat in Asia''. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Australian Trade Commission and Brisbane Marketing briefing on Brisbane rebuilding and investment. Australian Consulate-General.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


Today: American Chamber of Commerce lunch: 'Unlocking hidden customs savings opportunities'.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce lunch: 'Long arm of UK Bribery Act'. Kinwick Centre, Central.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

We must be prepared for nature's extremes

Devastating floods with heavy loss of life are associated with countries that are low on the development ladder. Australia is affluent and wealthy, yet its northeastern state of Queensland is struggling physically and emotionally to deal with torrents of muddy water that have swept away lives and livelihoods and inundated tens of thousands of homes.

14 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

HK$500 prize comes with a catch...

Schoolteacher Mark Henry had travelled all the way from Cambodia to watch the Hong Kong Sixes - and he partly paid for his ticket into the confines of the Kowloon Cricket Club by taking the first catch of the day to claim the prize of HK$500.

'Well it nearly pays for the ticket, if not the beers. I just wish it was Australian dollars,' smiled Brisbane-born Henry (pictured).

1 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Long-distance call

Artist Jonathan Tse Chun-hung's Portrait of an Australian was inspired by a box of old family photographs and designed to look like a passport. Throughout the screen-printed book there are photos and anecdotes, some of them written as if by Tse as a child, telling of the often-demanding process of making a home in a new country.

1 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Australians offer a lesson in manners

This summer, I went to Brisbane, in Australia, and one thing really impressed me - the people's manners. I felt their behaviour was completely different to people in Hong Kong.

Hongkongers are used to being served by others. Many of them think they deserve respect because they have money. This kind of attitude is wrong.

30 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Spin city

If you venture off the cycle trail towards the Breakfast Creek pub be 'super-careful', a helpful passer-by says. 'You might never want to leave.'

31 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

e-pal: australia

Connecting with teens around the world

Name Jordan William Steer

Age 17

City Brisbane

Star sign Aquarius

Brisbane is a relaxed city. People like to enjoy themselves in the usually sunny weather. We tend to get a bit of rain but overall I think Australia has the best weather in the world.

26 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Light show gives hair mogul idea for Brisbane's crowning glory

Australian hair mogul Stefan Ackerie has been back in the city for more than two weeks. He's been organising new hair treatment and cutting sessions presented by Il Colpo and Gold Coast beauty experts to give his large contingent of Aussie hairstylists a taste of local follicular fashion. 'We have about 250 or 260 here,' the Brisbane-based king of curls said of the number of his staff in town.

30 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

e-pal: australia

Connecting with teens around the world

Name Jordan William Steer

Age 17

City Brisbane

Star sign Aquarius

29 Jun 2008 - 12:00am


Visitors to Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia, inevitably find themselves in the Queen Street Mall, a shopping strip in the CBD with all the usual suspects. Its saving grace is the Queen's Plaza, a newly refurbished upmarket shopping centre that is home to Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co and the vast David Jones department store.

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Student and instructor share an extraordinary journey

Kumon has many impressive and touching stories about successful instructor-student relationships, but none perhaps as extraordinary, life-affirming and moving as that of Sharyn Gormley and her student, Michelle Herbst, both from Gladstone, Queensland in Australia.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

'I remember being transfixed by my friend's lunchbox'

Tarlan Amigh

I'm half Iranian and half Saudi and have nothing but fond memories of growing up in Queensland in the 1980s. In fact, I think I've had a pretty amazing life and that's been an immense privilege.

Mum married Dad when she was 16 and they lived in Saudi Arabia where he was from, then London before moving to Brisbane.

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am