Palaszczuk wins Queensland election as LNP concedes defeat

Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a Labor win in the Queensland election, after Tim Nicholls, leader of the LNP, conceded defeat. The Labor government, retaining its majority in Queensland’s government with 48 of the 93 seats, is due to be sworn in on Tuesday. Ms Palaszczuk announced the victory on Friday night after informing the Governor,…

Fracking ban in South-West, Peel and Perth

The McGowan Government announced regulations on hydraulic fracture stimulation (fracking) in the South-West, Peel and Perth Regions. Minster for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnston, said the government needs to protect the State’s environment from risks associated with fracking. “While the tracking ban in the South-West, Peel and Perth regions has already been achieved, the regulations…

Labor Refers More MPs to High Court in Citizenship Debacle

More federal politicians could be facing the High Court over dual citizenship next year, with federal Labor and crossbenchers trying to refer more parliamentarians to test their eligibility to sit in parliament. Labor has secured crossbench support to refer nine MPs to the High Court over their citizenship status. It includes Labor MPs David Feeney,…

Pollies Work Hard Play Hard On Wheelchair Basketball

By Kelly Smith & Nathan Reilly If you’re bored of political ‘football’, you may want to check out politicians hitting it out on the court in a game of wheelchair basketball. Labor and Liberal politicians were yet again in a two horse race as they battled it out, in a friendly but competitive game of…

Social Services Minister Calls for Inquiry Following Expenses Data Breach

Social services minister Christian Porter has ordered an investigation into a data breach that has affected more than 8,000 Department of Social Services employees for more than a year. 8,500 current and former employees’ personal information have been left open in the breach in the Business Information Services System holding expenses and credit card information…

Opposition Says “NO” To Labor’s Gold Tax Push

  The McGowan Government has relaunched their Gold Tax plan but the Opposition made it clear that they will not support it. During a joint press conference this morning, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt and Minister for Mining & Petroleum Bill Johnston put forward their new Gold Tax plan. Under new rules, gold royalty rate will…

“Electoral Backlash” For “No” Vote Politicians A Possibility in SSM Debate

A Western Australian politics lecturer believes politicians voting against changes to the legislation to include same sex marriage could face repercussions, following the overwhelming ‘yes’ vote in the plebiscite. Murdoch University lecturer Ian Cook said there were going to be “plenty of representatives going against their electorate’s wishes”, and it was a question of whether…

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 Liberals To Target The Hearts & Minds Of Local Chinese

EXCLUSIVE REPORT Just seven months after going into opposition, the Liberal Party has formed a WA Chinese members club to garner support from the Asian community. During a launch at Parliament House on Wednesday evening, Liberal MPs were joined by members of the Chinese community. Former Liberal Candidate For Mirrabrooka Lily Chen has been appointed…

Malcolm Turnbull Threatens Extra Sitting After Failure to Strike Citizenship Agreement

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are at loggerheads over the citizenship agreement, and without a deal struck, the Prime Minister claimed there may be extra parliamentary sitting days to finalise it. Mr Turnbull called the two-hour meeting with the opposition leader a “constructive discussion”, but Mr Shorten called for drafting changes to the government’s proposal…