WA Budget Back From the Brink With New Year-Early Surplus Expected

The State Government claims WA could return to a surplus a year early after budget figures revealed tight spending control and rising revenue has put the state’s finances back on track. An annual report into the McGowan Government’s first full financial year in 2017-18 showed a fall in the budget deficit from $1.32 billion to…

Police Search For Group Involved in Scarborough Assault

WA Police are hunting a group of people involved in an assault in Scarborough during early June. A 29-year-old man and his friends were at The Esplanade at around 12:30am on Saturday 2 June when they were approached by a group of men and women. The group exchanged words with the 29-year-old and his friends…

Justin Milne Resigns As ABC Chairman

Justin Milne has resigned as ABC chairman following a week of turmoil within the public broadcaster. ABC directors met in a crisis meeting on Thursday without Mr Milne concerning the biggest management emergency in the organisation resulting in a request to step aside while a government investigation took place, prompting him to step down. The…

Chinese National Arrested in US for Alleged Spying

A Chinese national has been arrested in Chicago for alleged spying, accused of helping Beijing recruit US engineers and scientists. Ji Chaoqun was apprehended in Chicago, charged with acting as an illegal foreign agent in the US, according the US attorney’s office. “By collecting this information for an arm of the Chinese government while in…

PM Rebuffs Introduction of Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Scott Morrison has rejected introducing an indigenous voice to parliament, claiming it would only a “third chamber” of power. The prime minister said in an interview on ABC radio that including an additional indigenous voice to parliament would not be possible and be too many. “I don’t support a third chamber,” he said. “People can…

State Government Devotes New Funding For Safer Roads

Rural WA roads will get the chance for improvement, with a funding boost to the Safer Roads Program. The State Government has renewed its commitment to the program by investing $28.4 million originally launched by the Gallop Labor Government in 2004. “People travelling on our regional roads have just as much right to safe road…

Police Hunt Men Involved in Animal Cruelty Acts

WA Police are seeking information in the hunt for four men involved in animal cruelty in May and June. On Saturday 19 May and Saturday 16 June, two kangaroos were tortured and killed, with investigators believing that both incidents occurred in WA. Joondalup Detectives have identified on the of the four men, but are calling…

“Public Buy-In” Needed for Local Government Act Reform Success: Expert

A political expert has claimed State Government reforms to the Local Government Act need public support to be successful, despite the reforms currently being “just ideas”. Murdoch University Politics and Policy Senior Lecturer Dr Ian Cook stated the changes needed “public buy-in” or it would not be effective, as Local Government Minister David Templeman opened…

Consultation Open For Noise Reforms to Protect Northbridge

The State Government has opened for public comment reforms protecting Northbridge venues against noise complaints from neighbouring residents. The reforms will provide protections for the entertainment district’s vibrant nightlife culture, following concerns about noise levels from entertainment premises including pubs and clubs. “Northbridge’s unique entertainment district is a textbook example of an area with a…

Police Seek Information Over Silver Sands Home Assault

Police are seeking information in the hunt for two men involved in an assault on a man at his home in Silver Sands on Wednesday. The 57-year-old man returned to his home on Perseus Road at around 7:30pm to find two men inside his home, who then assaulted him with golf clubs. The two men…