WA Education Cuts Face Opposition, Called a “Mistake”

The McGowan Government has been criticism over its cuts to the state’s education, with opposition parties claiming the measures are not in the best interests of students and families. WA’s Greens called the measures a “terrible decision” while the Young Nationals said it was “direct attack on regional Western Australia” after Education Minister Sue Ellery…

Australian Ambassador to China Summoned to Chinese Ministry Amid Diplomatic Row

Australia’s ambassador to China has been asked to explain the Federal Government’s new foreign interference laws, after being called into China’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Jan Adams was summoned by Chinese officials as claims arose that Beijing allegedly meddled in Australian politics. China’s ambassador to Australia has also held talks with the Department of Foreign…

Environmental Education for Kids Key in Kings Park Naturescape Re-Opening

Young people will get the opportunity to revisit nature at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, afterthe Rio Tinto Naturescape was reopened following a 12-month renovation. The upgrade of Stage 2 of the facility will give children the chance to explore the environment in the heart of Perth. “This Stage 2 upgrade is a fantastic addition…

Men Wanted in East Perth Assault and Robbery

Perth Detectives are continuing to seek information over a robbery and assault that occurred in East Perth. A 36-year-old man walked from Northbridge to Gladstone Reserve in East Perth between 8:40pm and 9pm on November 11 when he was punched in the face by two men, falling to the ground. The two men stole his…

Police Hunt Driver in Beechboro Hit and Run

Traffic Enforcement Group officers are investigating a hit and run crash in Beechboro on December 12. A 14-year-old boy was walking along Altone Road with his sister at about 5:30pm when they crossed the road at the pedestrian crossing but against the red light. He did not see a car approaching in the right hand…

UK Government Loses Key Brexit Vote Ahead of EU Summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has lost a key vote on the government’s Brexit bill after a rebellion by 11 Tory MPs. Members of Parliament voted for Amendment 7 to Clause 9 to the bill on Wednesday, to demand parliament pass a separate bill with the European Union (E.U.) to approve any final agreement before…

Liberal Senators Endorse WA Government Shark Deterrent Subsidy

The WA Government’s shark mitigation and deterrent measures have been approved by the Federal Government, after a senate inquiry recommended other states to adopt the McGowan Government’s shark deterrent subsidy. A bipartisan committee tabled a report in Federal Parliament on Tuesday endorsing the state government’s subsidy, which undertook non-lethal measures to prevent shark attacks. The…

U.S. “Ready to Talk” to North Korea Without Preconditions: Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the US is “ready to talk anytime” with North Korea without preconditions, walking away from a key demand that Pyongyang must give up its nuclear arsenal before negotiations. Mr Tillerson claimed the U.S. “simply cannot accept a nuclear armed North Korea, but appeared to soften the U.S.’s stance…

Decline in NAPLAN Results a “Wake Up Call”: Birmingham

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has called the release of a final report on national literacy and numeracy test results a “wake up call” to educators, following a decline in writing and reading scores. The full breakdown of 2017 NAPLAN results released on Wednesday revealed students meeting national minimum standards in reading, writing, spelling, grammar…

RBA Governor Talks Down Chance of Digital Dollar, Calls Bitcoin a “Speculative Mania”

Australia’s Reserve Bank has played down the chance of issuing a digital Australian dollar, claiming cryptocurrencies including bitcoin was a “speculative mania”. The bank’s governor Philip Lowe said in a speech to the Australian Payment Summit bitcoin was unlikely to become an everyday method for making payments because cryptocurrencies were not a very effective payment…