Xenophon confirmed as “colonial pom”

   South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has received confirmation from the UK Home Office that he is a British citizen. Mr Xenophon received citizenship through his father, Theodoros Xenophou, who is from Cyprus which was a British colony until 1960. Mr Xenophou retained his British citizenship, which passed through to his son, making Mr Xenophon…

Spartan Race to Boost Tourism and Economy

Perth is set to become host to the world’s toughest obstacle race when the inaugural Spartan Asia Pacific Championships comes to Perth later this year. Racers from all over the globe will arrive in Perth in November to compete in the event described as the toughest and most competitive obstacle course in the world. Organisers…

Tough New Meth Laws to Jail Traffickers for Life

WA methamphetamine traffickers will face life in prison, under the introduction of tougher new meth laws. The Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Methamphetamine Offences) Bill has passed both houses of State Parliament overnight, increasing the maximum sentence of trafficking 28 grams or more or meth from 25 years to life imprisonment. It will also allow the…

Ministers debate over Shark cull AGAIN

The shark debate has erupted again after Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, accused the WA State Government of not doing enough to prevent shark attacks. Mr Frydenberg said WA’s response to the shark threat was “Nothing short of pathetic,” He commented drum lines should be put in the water to protect its own citizens and…

New Youth Advisory Council to Influence WA Government

The WA government is forming a council of 10 outstanding young Western Australians to provide input into Government youth policy. The Ministerial Youth Advisory Council will investigate matters referred to them by the Minister for Youth and provide feedback based on young people’s experiences. Young people with a broad range of knowledge, skills, backgrounds, experience…

WA Police Officers Reject Wage Offers With Protest

Close to a thousand Police Officers walked off the job to march at Parliament House demanding a pay rise of 1.5%. The Police Union and its members are sticking to the 1.5% deal, rejecting the state government’s $1,000 per year wage policy offer. Union boss George Tilbury says the Police Officers already shared the state’s…

Nine Political Editor Laurie Oakes Announces Retirement

Channel Nine political editor Laurie Oakes has announced his retirement, ending a 50-year career in journalism. The 73-year-old made the announcement on Thursday afternoon, claiming he was slowing down and “It’s time.” “I don’t think there’s anything special about Laurie Oakes,” he told 774 ABC Radio Melbourne. “I’m a bit of a fixture, I’ve been…

New Funding for Neurotrauma Research to Improve Rehab After Car Crashes

Neurotrauma research programs in Western Australia will receive new funding to improve rehabilitation and independence for people injured in car crashes. The Insurance Commission of Western Australia will provide two neurotrauma research projects up to $100,000 through the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research’s Neurotrauma Research Program for neurotrauma research. The first project will focus…

PM Cuts Ribbon to Open Mitchell Freeway Road Extension

An extension of Mitchell Freeway has been officially opened, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull cutting the ribbon to the long-awaited road project. The $236 million project will extend the freeway from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue in Clarkson, easing congestion for Perth’s northern suburbs residents. Along with the future Metronet rail line to Yanchep,…

WA Appoints Chris Dawson As New Top Cop

Former Deputy Commissioner Chris Dawson APM has been appointed as Western Australia’s new Police Commissioner by the McGowan Government. Mr Dawson has spent 30 years in WA Police, 10 of them as the second in-charge, before jump ship to ACIC as commissioner for three and a half years. During his time as Deputy Commissioner, he oversaw WA Police’s…