Education Minister: “Voluntary Scheme with no forced redundancies”

The WA Education Department is hoping to reduce the amount of full time jobs by March next year, as part of the Voluntary Targeted Severance Scheme. The scheme was announced back in September alongside the budget, with hopes that it will address the financial mess that the Government found themselves in. Education Minister, Sue Ellery,…

EXCLUSIVE: One Nation Stands Against Gold Levy

In the September budget, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced a new tax on the gold sector as a solution to the dire state of WA’s finances, however on Tuesday, the WA One Nation Party are set to make a motion against it. Earlier this week, Mr Wyatt publicly criticised gold miners for refusing to pay…

Perth City Budget Caps Rate Revenue At 1.5%

The Annual 2017/2018 Annual Budget was passed at a Council Meeting yesterday. The City of Perth will reduce operating expenditure by $4.4 million (2.3%), enabling it to cap this year’s overall rate revenue increase at 1.5 per cent. “We’ve managed to keep our rates at the level of Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is 1.5%,”…

WA Liberal Nationals Decision Labelled “Fiscal Vandalism”

The WA Liberal and Nationals parties voted to scrap their own savings measures yesterday, in a move WA Labor is labelling “fiscal vandalism.” Last year, the Liberal National Government decided to discontinue the motor vehicle licensing concessions granted to local government authorities. Local government authorities would also no longer be exempt from paying stamp duty…

WA Households Face Fee Hikes to Aid Budget Repair

Western Australians will be hit with higher bills, with Treasurer Ben Wyatt announcing a range of increased fees and charges for households. The bump up in costs will result in a 7.7 per cent  hike across the board from July 1, expecting Western Australians to share the burden of repairing the State Budget. Electricity will…

WA Gets METRONET and GST Top-Up

Western Australia has been allocated $1.6 billion in the Federal budget, to go towards improving infrastructure. This includes putting forward $1.2 billion for the METRONET rail project and another $100 million for better access to the area surrounding Fiona Stanley Hospital. However, this is only a re-allocation of the money that was originally supposed to…

WA Ranked Lowest in the Country for Renewable Energy Investments

Western Australia has been ranked last on the list of states pulling their weight to reach the Renewable Energy Target, according to the Clean Energy Council report which was released today. WA has just one renewable energy project being built this year, which will only create 100 jobs and means our state’s renewable energy mix…

Funding Pledge for Community Legal Services

The WA State Government has pledged $1.2 million in funding to community legal centres, so disadvantaged or vulnerable Western Australians don’t lose access to free legal services. This comes as a relief to the sector, as it was believed funding cuts would be made as of July this year, limiting the services on offer. However,…

2015-2016 State budget date announced

CLICK on the player above to watch the video version of the story! This story is written by WAMN Journalist Daniel Edwards. Treasurer Mike Nahan has announced the date of the western Australian state budget, 14th of May this year, which is one week later than originally scheduled. Dr Nahan said the one week delay…