34 Honorary Student Youth Ambassadors embark on Chinese adventure

In a special school assembly this morning, Education Minister, Sue Ellery, granted 34 students from Years 5-6 at Oberthur Primary School as Honorary Youth Ambassadors, ahead of their 16 day study tour in China. The school’s Chinese Immersion Program saw these students  learning Mandarin since they were in pre-primary, where students are taught their normal curriculum…

Citizenship Reform 2.0 Returns To Parliament Next Month

Citizenship reform is back and ready to be debated in Federal Parliament next month, with questions remaining over the difficulty of the citizenship test. Citizenship Minister, Alan Tudge, visited Perth and met with Ian Goodenough, speaking to migrant residents about their concerns over citizenship. Mr Goodenough said the citizenship amendment bill will require applicants to…

Labor parliamentarians join dual citizenship eligibility questioning

Experts have called out Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to come clean about the Labor Party’s internal issues over dual citizenship. Section 44 of the constitution has caused controversy for many politicians over recent months, with more and more being added to the mix. 3 WA federal parliamentarians; Josh Wilson, Madeleine King and Sue lines, have sparked…

WA ‘Champions’ of Art Sector Recognised

Philanthropists and businesses have been recognised for their contribution to art and culture in Western Australia. Recipients were honoured for partnering with arts and cultural organisations as part of the inaugural State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours. Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman announced the recipients of the honours on Wednesday, including individual arts patrons…

Aboriginal Archaeological Discovery Proves Longer History than Thought

The history of Aboriginal peoples living in Australia has been lengthened, after a new archaeological discovery proves they have been here for at least 65,000 years. This is about 18,000 years longer than the 45-47,000 years that Aboriginals were thought to have lived here by Archaeologists. The discovery was made by an international team, led…

Dragon Boat Festival Set to Boost Chinese Culture in WA

Picture Courtesy: Chung Wah Association  Dragon boats will be powering down Champion Lakes on Sunday as part of the Chung Wah Dragon Boat Festival, promoting Western Australian multiculturalism. The event, organised by the Chung Wah Association aims to boost Chinese culture in the state through the festival, expected to be attended by more than 1,000 spectators.…

“Sea of Hands” Begins Journey Toward Reconciliation Week

A sea of cardboard hands has been planted outside Parliament House, ahead of a week marking Australia’s journey toward Indigenous reconciliation. Parliamentarians and significant Western Australians planted the hands as part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocacy group ANTaR’s project Kaya in the spirit of reconciliation ahead of Reconciliation Week next week . The…

Chinese New Year customs for beginners

This opinion piece is written by WAMN Cultural Contributor Helene Fung. It’s Chinese New Year (CNY) again soon – because it goes by lunar calendar, this year it falls on 19th February. For our non-Chinese readers, have you ever wondered what the funny customs are all about? Why do some of your Chinese friends celebrate…

Public to see more displays in new museum

The WA state government has revealed that they will be investing $6.5 million towards the Welshpool research facility for a new museum, to be located in the Perth Cultural Centre. The museum project will include upgrading toward state-of-the-art new laboratories to care for the millions of artifacts and exhibits. The storage facility in Welshpool will…