Young Adults To Benefit Over Private Health Insurance Reform

Young adults are the main beneficiaries under the Federal Government’s new reform to private health insurance; encouraging more people to join by reducing premiums and creating easier access. Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, announced that a two per cent discount will be offered to people under 30 each year, reaching a maximum of 10 percent,…

Labor Makes More Promises On Metronet

In a press conference this morning, Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, announced the Labor commitment to allocate $700 million to build the Ellenbrook Morley railway line. “We’re doing this because we’re very committed to making sure Perth has the best possible public transport system,” “It’s good news for jobs, it’s good news for commuters, good news…

WA Government clash with Opposition over rural firefighters

The WA Government has defended its progress in meeting the recommendations of the Ferguson Inquiry, made after the devastating Yarloop-Waroona fires.  The opposition criticised the lack of a rural fire service, one of the recommendations of the inquiry, saying it could have more effectively responded to the fires in the Kimberley over the long weekend.…

Opposition Critical of Government’s Sex Offender Laws as Government Votes Down Changes

The State Opposition has criticised the McGowan Government over its sex offender’s laws after it was revealed a dangerous sex offender from Geraldton is in Perth because Government officials could not guarantee his safety. Shadow Attorney General Michael Mischin said the State Government had “let the public down most grievously” ahead of debates over changes…

Multicultural Leaders Slammed Citizenship Reform As “Un-Australian”

New citizenship legislation requires permanent residents to wait four years and pass a university level english test, before applying to become a citizen. Tony Burke, Labor MP, says the english competency test is something not even Australians could pass. “They have in front of us legislation that should be withdrawn, because sit deals with a…

Transport and Road Infrastructure Upgrade for Northern Suburbs

The State Government is making a significant $800 million investment, to upgrade transport and road infrastructure in Perth’s Northern suburbs. The METRONO plan will create thousands of jobs, with construction companies being invited to get involved. The construction of Thornlie and Yanchep rail extensions are at the forefront and other upgrades include improvements to Wanneroo…

Turnbull Promise GST Reform For WA

Prime Minister Turnbull has committed to reform of the GST system at the Liberal state conference in WA this weekend. The reforms would see a floor value proposed at 70 cents per dollar contributed introduced to the GST system, though they won’t come until 2019. “Only the coalition has a plan to set a GST…

Shorten announces $1.6 billion GST pledge

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced his plan for a “Fair Share for WA Fund”, which would see $1.6 billion invested into Australia to make up for the GST shortfall. Currently Western Australia’s share of the GST is sitting at 34.4 cents per dollar of GST raised in the state, the proposed fund would give…

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…

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…