How much for your baby? Indonesian Police broke up a child trafficking operation

By Cassandra Elliott. Indonesian police say they have broken up a child trafficking operation, arresting four people involved in the alleged selling and purchasing of babies through Instagram. The Instagram account was using the guise of a social service for women undergoing family problems, offering pregnancy and adoption consultations. Police state there is evidence of…

Strong Rally Turnout Calling A Permanent Ban On Fracking In WA

By Stephanie Acevedo A call for a permanent, legislated statewide ban on fracking in WA was held at Parliament house today. At twelve o’clock, the protest saw a rally and presentation of one of the state’s biggest petitions.  Among the crowd were climate experts, such as former head of CSIRO’s atmospheric research team and former…

Perth Bus Drivers Carried Out Industrial Action Over Work Rights

By: Stephanie Acevedo This morning Perth commuters weren’t just confronted with morning fog disrupting traffic, but as well as a campaign of industrial action strike made by bus drivers. Transperth contractor Transdev’s bus drivers had meetings in the North in Joondalup and the South in Rockingham this morning, with a strike that lasted between 6am…

ANALYSIS: Is It Time To For WA Government To Lower Power Bills?

ANALYSIS BY: Elson Goh, Curtin University instructor and certified financial planner. We have all heard the good news that WA may be returning to budget surplus sooner than expected. This news is further enhanced by the announcement that the government will be spending some of the money on keeping power bills low. It has been established…

Indonesia left in pieces following multiple aftershocks

By Cassandra Elliott More than 1,500 people are known to have died following Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia’s island, Sulawesi. Aid has just begun and there are victims in several areas that have yet to be counted, meaning the death toll is expected to rise. On Monday night two more earthquakes measuring between 5.0…

2018 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to those helping end sexual violence

By Cassandra Elliott Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have both been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end sexual violence as a weapon of war. The Nobel Committee said they had both ‘helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence’. Denis Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who has treated thousands of…

Multi million dollar job skilling partnership creates youth employment

Written by: Stephanie Acevedo The McGowan Government has signed a new $126 million dollar deal with the Federal Government’s Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership. Twenty thousand new apprenticeships and traineeships will be created for young Western Australians, as well as pre-apprenticeships. A McGowan Government employer incentive scheme will be implemented, providing training to support employers…

OPINION – The Liberals versus ABC Journalists

Opinion written by Dr Ian Cook, Murdoch University Senior Lecturer In Global Politics & Policies  Justin Milne’s resignation as chair of the ABC is yet another moment in an ongoing feud between the Liberal Party and ABC journalists. Allegations that he tried to fire journalists who were “hated” by the Australian Government were the reason that…

Endangered Tortoises Found After Seven Year Search

By Stephanie Acevedo Two people have been arrested over the recent recovery of two Madagascan Radiated Tortoises that were alleged to have been stolen from Perth Zoo. The rare endangered tortoises were believed to have been stolen from the zoo seven years ago, but were recovered earlier in September. They were found after WA Police…

WA Mining Employment Highest in State History

By Stephanie Acevedo A record number of people have been employed in WA’s mining industry in the past year than at any other time in the State’s history, new figures reveal. The Latest statistics from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for the 2017-18 financial year showed more than 112,000 people were directly…