School of the Air to Stay as Education Cuts Reversed

The Western Australian government will reverse a number of its controversial education cuts including closing Schools of the Air (SOTA), admitting it took the savings measures “too far”. Premier Mark McGowan and Education Minister Sue Ellery announced it will not close SOTA after backlash over the closures, keep Northam Residential College accommodation open and continue…

Government Claims Budget Recovering Despite Increasing Deficit

The McGowan Government believes WA’s finances are “heading in the right direction” despite a rise in WA’s budget deficit and debt. Treasurer Ben Wyatt said while revealing the Mid-year Review on Wednesday that the review was a result of “responsible financial management”, reflecting the government’s aim of containing spending. WA’s finances improved by $568 million…

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…