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…

WA Labor Seeks National Rail Fund Money for MetroNet

The WA State Government is looking to secure some of the $10 billion dollar National Rail Program the Federal Government has on offer to help pay for MetroNet. This funding would add to the $2.3 billion that was re-allocated from the Perth Freight Link project into MetroNet and other infrastructure projects. Transport Minister Rita Saffioti…

Opposition Argues Roe 8 Despite Metronet Grants

Opposition Leader Mike Nahan and Melville Mayor Russel Aubrey attended a pro-Roe 8 rally this Thursday, where  supporters of the project gathered to protest the cancellation of the project. The protest’s petition gathered over 8000 signatures in support of starting the project up again. Mr Nahan attacked a number of the reasons that the McGowan…

Fremantle Mayoral Candidate Ra Stewart Focuses on Economic Issues

Upcoming Mayoral candidate for Fremantle Ra Stewart has concerns about the economic and financial state of Fremantle, but has few concrete opinions on other matters.  “I am in the process at the moment of putting together, finding out what are the community’s hot issues and putting together some thoughts on that” Ms Stewart said. “I…

Structural Changes Expected Following State Government Review

The State Government will undertake further structural changes as part of a wide ranging review into government service delivery, accountability and efficiency. Labor’s promised Service Priority Review will examine the functions, operations and culture of the Western Australian public sector as a key election commitment, investigating the structure of government and identifying opportunities for further agency…

Senate Inquiry Expose Alleged Corporate Tax-Avoidance

Have you heard about The Petroleum Resource Rent Tax? Probably not, but it’s really important, because if this tax was set up right we could raise tens of billions of dollars for the country. There’s a tax that the Commonwealth, or a royalty regime, which was set over thirty years ago, by the government, which…