Man Charged in Parmelia Hit and Run

WA Police have charged a man following a hit and run in Parmelia in late September. Police will allege that around 1:45pm on 27 September, a 38-year-old Brookdale man had a verbal and physical altercation with 33-year-old male associate on Chisham Avenue near Bickner Way. They will also allege that the accused then drove at…

Domestic Violence Campaign Relaunches to “Stop it at the Start”

The State Government has continued the fight against domestic violence, relaunching a campaign to stop violence towards women. The award-winning Stop it at the Start campaign will recommence, complementing a $20 million suite of family and domestic violence prevention measures in WA. “Stop it at the Start is an important behaviour change campaign to support…

Facebook, Google to Fight Encryption Bill Amid Claims Laws Threaten Online Security

Google and Facebook will face off against new national laws forcing technology giants to hand over personal information to help national security agencies target terrorists and paedophiles. The technology giants have joined with civil and digital rights groups in the Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet, fighting against the federal government’s encryption legislation. The…

Australia Boosts Financial Aid in Wake of Indonesian Quake

Australia will pledge a further $5 million in financial aid to Indonesia to assist the country, after a powerful earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 1,200 people. The Federal Government has announced the funding that will be given to the Indonesian Red Cross for disaster relief services, adding to an initial $500,000 donated to…

Inquiry Needed to Address ABC’s independence Issues: Union

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) has called for a public inquiry into last week’s saga engulfing the ABC, that resulted in the sacking and resignation of two members of its management hierarchy. Media section president Martin Turner said an investigation to clarify the independence of the ABC’s board and editorial content from the…

WA Budget Back From the Brink With New Year-Early Surplus Expected

The State Government claims WA could return to a surplus a year early after budget figures revealed tight spending control and rising revenue has put the state’s finances back on track. An annual report into the McGowan Government’s first full financial year in 2017-18 showed a fall in the budget deficit from $1.32 billion to…

Police Search For Group Involved in Scarborough Assault

WA Police are hunting a group of people involved in an assault in Scarborough during early June. A 29-year-old man and his friends were at The Esplanade at around 12:30am on Saturday 2 June when they were approached by a group of men and women. The group exchanged words with the 29-year-old and his friends…

Justin Milne Resigns As ABC Chairman

Justin Milne has resigned as ABC chairman following a week of turmoil within the public broadcaster. ABC directors met in a crisis meeting on Thursday without Mr Milne concerning the biggest management emergency in the organisation resulting in a request to step aside while a government investigation took place, prompting him to step down. The…

Chinese National Arrested in US for Alleged Spying

A Chinese national has been arrested in Chicago for alleged spying, accused of helping Beijing recruit US engineers and scientists. Ji Chaoqun was apprehended in Chicago, charged with acting as an illegal foreign agent in the US, according the US attorney’s office. “By collecting this information for an arm of the Chinese government while in…

PM Rebuffs Introduction of Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Scott Morrison has rejected introducing an indigenous voice to parliament, claiming it would only a “third chamber” of power. The prime minister said in an interview on ABC radio that including an additional indigenous voice to parliament would not be possible and be too many. “I don’t support a third chamber,” he said. “People can…