Fremantle Kicks Off NAIDOC Week Celebration On Sunday

The City of Fremantle is celebrating NAIDOC Week, with special community events for all ages. The NAIDOC Week theme this year ‘Because of her, we can!’ highlights the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played in the community. Fremantle Deputy Mayor, Ingrid Wilson explained it’s important to educate youth on aboriginal culture…

WA To Receive Improved Share in Federal Government GST Fix

Western Australia is set to become $4.7 billion better off, following the Federal Government’s proposal to overhaul the nation’s current distribution of its GST. Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison announced there will be changes to the allocation system that will put more money into WA over eight years, while not leaving any state or territory worse…

Military Call-Outs For Police in Terror Incidents Easier in Law Shake-Up

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will be able to respond to calls for assistance in terrorist attacks, under a shake-up of “call-out” laws to be introduced in Federal Parliament. Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter will introduce the laws today, which will boost security laws and ensure policing agencies the quickest available response during domestic terror incidents.…

8,000 Jobs Axed in Telstra Overhaul

Thousands of Telstra employees are facing job losses after the company announced an overhaul to the telco to remain competitive. 8000 jobs will be cut in an effort to save $1 billion across three years by the 2022 financial year, that will take the total cost reduction to $2.5 billion. The job cuts will involve…

Aboriginal Activist Slams WA’s Incarceration Rates Spike

An Indigenous assistance group has called the WA State Government’s attempts to reduce Aboriginal incarceration rates as “disgraceful”, as WA leads the nation in people sent behind bars. Ngalla Maya founder Mervyn Eades said the government had done very little and had taken too long to find a solution, as the state experienced a surge…

Bishop says Russia should pay compensation for MH17

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said that Russia should pay compensation to the families of 38 Australian victims of the shooting down of flight MH17. The official investigation by Dutch investigators has blamed the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight on the Russian 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied Russian involvement,…

Tax Cuts the Centrepiece as Scott Morrison Hands Down Federal Budget

Australian taxpayers are set to become big winners, under new measures announced in the Federal Budget. Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has handed down his third budget promising “essential services that Australians rely on” while aiming to return the country to a $2.2 billion surplus in 2019-20, cutting its $14.5 billion debt in 2018-19. “This is…

Australia, US respond to Chinese missiles on Spratly Islands

Reports that China has placed missiles on the contested Spratly Islands have Australia and the US concerned, after China promised not to militarise the islands. Long-range anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles have reportedly been deployed on the islands, with China neither confirming nor denying the reports. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the “Australian government would…

Australia, Canada sending military planes to monitor North Korean ships

Australia and Canada are sending military patrol craft to monitor North Korean vessels believed to be breaking UN trade sanctions. The aircraft will be based at the US military air base Kadena on the Japanese island of Okinawa, according to a statement by the Japanese government. “We do have a P-8A surveillance aircraft that is…