Jail Time For Revenge Porn Perpetrators After New Laws Pass Parliament

People convicted of revenge pornography and “sextortion” will face jail time, following new legislation passed in parliament. The Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill will make the non-consensual distribution of intimate images a crime, with penalties of either 18 months jail time and/or fines up to $18,000. The laws will not make it a criminal…

Refugee Advocates Reject New Threat of People Smugglers Following Medevac Laws

Asylum seeker advocates have criticised Scott Morrison’s border security measures following new laws passed to evacuate critically ill asylum seekers from offshore detention to Australia, claiming it would not restart the people smuggling trade. The Refugee Rights Action Network claims the prime minister’s decision including re-opening Christmas Island’s detention centre to prevent the threat of…

Female Driver in Custody Following Fatal Welshpool Crash

A motorbike rider has died in a crash with another motorist in Welshpool overnight, resulting in calls from WA Police for public help into the incident. At about 11:45pm, police attempted to stop a silver Ford Falcon in Seville Grove which failed to do so. Police sighted the vehicle several times after that, with several…

Missed Medical Appointments Result in Heavy Health Costs in WA

The McGowan government has warned against patient “no-shows” at public hospital and clinics, which has led to large costs to WA’s health system. More than 160,000 outpatient appointments have been missed across the state, resulting in $26 million lost in productivity and activity-based Commonwealth funding. It is more than eight per cent of total outpatient…

Nollamara Boy Charged Over Warwick Scrub Fire

A 14-year-old Nollamara boy has been charged after lighting a scrub fire in Warwick. Arson Squad and Strike Force Vulcan detectives will allege that the boy set fire to some scrub in the vicinity of Warwick open space on Tuesday at about 3:30pm. It quickly spread, burning approximately two hectares of bushland. The Department of…

Consultation Plan to Improve Gender Equality for WA Women

WA women are getting the opportunity to have their say in a state government plan to achieve gender equality in the state. Women will have the chance to share their aspirations and challenges facing them, as well as the changes they would like to see to enable them to fully participate socially and economically. “In…

Morrison Reopens Christmas Island Amid Medevac Legislation Passing Senate

Scott Morrison will step up Australia’s border protection to prevent asylum seekers from getting on boats to the nation, as the Senate backed new laws fast-tracking evacuations for critically ill asylum seekers. The Prime Minister has expressed his concern that the laws will reignite the people-smuggling trade as the laws narrowly passed the Senate 36…

Casual Workers Given Opportunity For Permanent Work Under New Legislation

Casual workers will get the opportunity to move to permanent employment, following legislation in Parliament proposing the shift. The Bill was introduced to the Lower House on Wednesday, which if passed will allow all eligible casual workers to ask to move to permanent work. Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O’Dwyer said it created a balanced approach.…

Roe 8 Backers Fight Deletion of Road Reserve With New Petition

Roe 8 supporters have claimed the controversial highway extension is not dead, again fighting to save the project for future construction amid state government plans to permanently delete the road reserve. Backers of the extension state that Roe 8 will still cut the road’s congestion, with federal Liberal Party MP Ben Morton launching a petition…