Shorten Pledges $400 million to Boost WA’s GST Share

Federal Labor will continue to make up for Western Australia’s low GST share, promising to pump extra cash into the state. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten pledged an additional $400 million on Wednesday if he is elected, topping up the $1.6 billion Fair Share for WA Fund announced last year in an effort to raise WA’s…

Labor’s Colleen Yates Quits By-Election Race

By Lucas Da Paz Labor’s candidate for the Darling Range seat, Colleen Yates has resigned following doubts regarding her LinkedIn profile and education history. Colleen Yates campaigned for the seat of Darling Range by-election following the resignation of former Labor MP Barry Urban after he was found to have lied about his work experience and…

Federal Funding Frenzy To Make Up For WA’s GST Shortfall

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull’s trip to Perth saw the announcement of a record amount of Federal funding for our State. A major $3.2 billion dollars has been committed for the 2018-2019 Federal budget, with hopes of rectifying WA’s unfair share of the GST. “We’ve never made any bones about the fact that the current arrangements…

New Alcohol and Drug Programs To Break Vicious Cycles For WA Prisoners

The Premier has announced an Alcohol and Other Drug program to rehabilitate prisoners and combat addictions and their offending behaviours. With over 6000 prisoners in WA’s correctional facilities, more than half struggle with ongoing alcohol and other drug addictions, including methanphetamines. The treatment program aims to break the cycle of drug-related-crime in our prisons and…

WA Experts Discuss Minimum Price Of Alcohol

The WA Preventative Health Summit bought together experts from all over the state to share their views and expertise on how to make Western Australia healthier. “Two thirds of all adults are either overweight or obese, and more worryingly 20% of our kids are now considered overweight or tipping into the obesity category,” said Health…

Police Figures Reveal Crime Rate Risen By 5 Percent

By Nicholas Farrington Crime rates have risen by 5 percent in the last quarter of 2017 according to Police statistics. Over the last three months, the figures show general assaults were up by 16%, property damage by 11%, burglary by 12%, threatening behaviour by 15% and murder up by 50%. Liberal Opposition’s Police Spokesman, Peter…

Shorten announces $1.6 billion GST pledge

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced his plan for a “Fair Share for WA Fund”, which would see $1.6 billion invested into Australia to make up for the GST shortfall. Currently Western Australia’s share of the GST is sitting at 34.4 cents per dollar of GST raised in the state, the proposed fund would give…

WA Appoints Chris Dawson As New Top Cop

Former Deputy Commissioner Chris Dawson APM has been appointed as Western Australia’s new Police Commissioner by the McGowan Government. Mr Dawson has spent 30 years in WA Police, 10 of them as the second in-charge, before jump ship to ACIC as commissioner for three and a half years. During his time as Deputy Commissioner, he oversaw WA Police’s…

WA Police Escalates War On Wages

The pay war between WA Government and Police Officers has escalated, after Premier Mark McGowan stands firm on the matter. The Government has offered a flat $1000 pay increase with its new wages policy. But Police Union President, George Tilbury, is adamant that they deserve a 1.5% pay rise. He warned the that officers would…