Overseas Investment Meetings To Help WA’s Budget Saving Measures

Briefings between State and Overseas investors are set to take place next week, with the Ben Wyatt, State Treasurer, visiting Europe and North America for meetings with potential and current investors. The State’s prospective borrowing program will be discussed, as part of the Government’s commitment to budget repair and long term economic prospects. Total borrowings…

Federal GST Distribution Overhaul “Bizarre”: Expert

A political expert has called the Federal Government’s proposal to change Australia’s GST distribution the most bizarre fix he has ever seen, claiming it is not an overhaul. Murdoch University politics and policy senior lecturer Ian Cook believed the new measures that would give Western Australia a bigger share in the carve-up was a “farcical…

WA To Receive Improved Share in Federal Government GST Fix

Western Australia is set to become $4.7 billion better off, following the Federal Government’s proposal to overhaul the nation’s current distribution of its GST. Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison announced there will be changes to the allocation system that will put more money into WA over eight years, while not leaving any state or territory worse…

New Potential Advocacy Group To Ensure Accountability In Aboriginal Affairs

The State Government is seeking public’s feedback on a plan to create an independent advocacy group for Aboriginal people.   Two new roles have been outlined in a discussion paper released today, the positions include advocating for Aboriginal people’s interest regarding policy and performance within government, at the same time strengthening accountability to WA Aboriginals.…

Government Invests in Infrastructure to Boost Job Creation in Budget

The State Government will invest in economic infrastructure in the state budget, in a bid to create jobs in Western Australia. Investments will be made to support WA industry to create jobs while supporting new industries and helping grow local businesses, with around 50,000 jobs expected to be created over 2017-18 and 2018-19. “My Government’s…

Federal Court Determines Native Title in Kimberley Region

Native title has been recognised in regional WA, with the Federal Court handing down a determination to the Kimberley. The court made the determination for the Bindunbur and Jabirr Jabirr people, over an area of about 12,050 square kilometres on the Dampier Peninsula. “I congratulate the Bindunbur and Jabirr Jabirr people on their achievement, and…

New Board Members Join Horizon Power

Horizon Power will welcome two new members to its board with two current members set to exit the company. Energy Minister Ben Wyatt announced on Thursday the appointment of Stephen Edwell as the company’s new chairman, while Kylie Chamberlain as a non-executive director. Mr Edwell brings 30 years of experience working in and for the…

Power Prices Difficult to Fall as Frydenberg Calls for Price Drop

Energy experts are warning it will be difficult for power to drop in price, despite Federal Government calls for power retailers to cut prices. Curtin University Energy Policy Researcher James Eggleston said lowering power costs for consumers could be an impossibility, as gas becomes more readily available for households. “By in large the bulk of…

WA’s Increased GST Pool Not Enough For Budget Repair

WA is getting an increased share of GST, after the Commonwealth Grants Commission announced that WA will receive an extra 10 cents per dollar in the 2018-19 financial year. The growing national GST pool will give Treasurer Ben Wyatt $260 million more than expected. Mathias Cormann, Federal Financial Minister, said the Federal Government would help…