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…

Labor and Liberal up in arms over meth sentencing

The McGowan Government has been accused of protecting meth dealers after they opposed Liberal’s legislation in State Parliament yesterday. The Liberal Party proposed that mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years should be introduced. Anyone caught with more than 200 grams of meth would be jailed for at least 15 years. Shadow Police Minister, Peter Katsambanis,…

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…

Massive New Water Tank for Ellenbrook to Create Jobs

Work has begun on a massive 80-million litre water tank that will help provide water to the North-eastern metropolitan corridor. The new tank will be the largest ever built by the Water Corporation and will provide more consistent water pressure to Ellenbrook residents. City of Swan Councillor Kevin Bailey said that he was happy to…

Rehabilitation Underway At Roe 8 Reserve

By Taylah Hanna A State Government lead rehabilitation program for the Roe 8 reserve is underway, in alliance with the City of Cockburn. The program commenced on May 22nd and saw the decontamination and removal of asbestos, the relocation of extensive piles of mulch to a temporary location, and the spraying of weeds. The 10…

Roe 8 Rehab is Underway!

After months of protests, arrests, and arguments from both sides of politics for the controversial project, rehab has started to the now closed Roe 8 construction site. 231 jobs have now been secured on other congestion-issues around Perth, marking the conclusion of a negotiation process by Labor to redeploy workers to other secure jobs. The…

Perth Mayor Disclosure Saga Prompts Government Calls for Law Change to Sack Councillors

The Western Australian government is considering changing laws to allow it to stand down individual councillors for serious breaches, despite concerns it could be used for politically motivated sackings. Local Government Minister David Templeman said the government is looking to introduce “stand down” provisions in the Local Government Act, following Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s long…

McGowan Calls Barnett as “Bitter”

Mr McGowan has labelled former Premier Colin Barnett as “sad,” after he warned Perth that the corruption from WA Inc. will return under the Labor government. Yesterday, Mr Barnett told Parliament that the “preconditions” for WA Inc. exist in the Labor government today. “I am not predicting that history will be repeated, indeed I hope…

WA’s Jobless Rate Falls Under 6% As Full Time Work Rises

Unemployment in Western Australia has fallen to its lowest levels in almost a year following a rise in the number of people finding full time work. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures revealed on Thursday the state’s jobless rate fell 0.6 percentage points in April to 5.9 per cent. It is the first time unemployment in…

Shorten Claims Class Unfairness in Budget Reply

Bill Shorten has criticised the Federal Government’s budget, claiming its policies “fails the fairness test” in his budget reply speech. The Opposition leader said the Coalition’s budget released on Tuesday did nothing for families’ cost of living and was a budget of big government, higher tax and more debt. Mr Shorten used the speech to…