Perth Mayor Disclosure Saga Prompts Government Calls for Law Change to Sack Councillors

The Western Australian government is considering changing laws to allow it to stand down individual councillors for serious breaches, despite concerns it could be used for politically motivated sackings. Local Government Minister David Templeman said the government is looking to introduce “stand down” provisions in the Local Government Act, following Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s long…

Rolf Harris to be Released From Prison After Being Granted Bail

Entertainer Rolf Harris will be released from prison after being granted bail in the United Kingdom. The 87-year-old is on trial at Southwark Crown Court facing four indecent assault charges relating to three teenage girls between 1970 and 1980. Harris has been appearing in court by video link from prison where he has been serving…

WA’s Jobless Rate Falls Under 6% As Full Time Work Rises

Unemployment in Western Australia has fallen to its lowest levels in almost a year following a rise in the number of people finding full time work. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures revealed on Thursday the state’s jobless rate fell 0.6 percentage points in April to 5.9 per cent. It is the first time unemployment in…

Soundgarden and Audioslave Frontman Chris Cornell Dies Unexpectedly Aged 52

Picture Courtesy: Paul Lorkowski Rocker Chris Cornell has died at the age of 52, according to the singer’s representative. In a statement to The Associated Press, representative Brian Bumbery said Cornell passed away in Detroit on Wednesday night (US time). He said the death was “sudden and unexpected” and had shocked Cornell’s wife and family.…

Police Seek Attacker After Dog Stabbing in Mirrabooka Park

Police are investigating an incident in which a man stabbed and killed a dog in a Mirrabooka park on Wednesday in front of its owner. The 22-year-old Mirrabooka woman was exercising her four-year-old Labrador Luna and her male Labrador at Apple Blossom Polyantha Reserve off lead at about 6:00pm. She left Luna off her lead…

Waterslides the Main Attraction For Cockburn’s New Recreation Centre

Tall, looping waterslides will be the major drawcard when the City of Cockburn opens a new aquatic and recreation centre. The slides will feature as part of the facilities on offer at the new Cockburn ARC, when the $109 million centre opens its doors next week. Cockburn ARC will feature a six-court multi-purpose stadium, three…

Shorten Claims Class Unfairness in Budget Reply

Bill Shorten has criticised the Federal Government’s budget, claiming its policies “fails the fairness test” in his budget reply speech. The Opposition leader said the Coalition’s budget released on Tuesday did nothing for families’ cost of living and was a budget of big government, higher tax and more debt. Mr Shorten used the speech to…

Man Who Hit Qantas CEO with a Pie Charged With Assault

A man who smashed a pie into Qantas CEO Alan Joyce’s face in protest against gay marriage has been charged by police for assault. 67-year-old Tony Overheu has been charged with common assault, trespass and damage after he walked on stage at a Perth business breakfast event on Tuesday and shoved a lemon meringue pie…

East Perth Apartment Police Search Uncovers Drugs and Stolen Goods

Police have broken up an alleged centre of drug sales following an East Perth search, resulting in charges laid and quantities of drugs, weapons and cash seized. Officers executed three drug search warrants at a Hay Street unit following police surveillance and inquiries in an effort to disrupt activities. They were executed on December 19…