Wyatt Calls Gold Hike a “Fair Request” Despite Cash Grab Claims

Treasurer Ben Wyatt has criticised gold miners for refusing to pay a new levy on gold miners to assist with budget repair. Mr Wyatt said the gold sector could afford to contribute to help fix the budget, but it was instead spending millions of dollars on lobbying against the tax than contributing a “fair share”.…

Big Tennis Names Return to Perth For Hopman Cup

Perth will be welcoming the best tennis player line-up in Hopman Cup history when the tournament returns to the city in 2018. Top players across eight countries will head to Perth for the tournament in January, headlined by 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. Current men’s world number two Federer will again represent Switzerland along…

McGowan Slams Police Union Following Shut Down “Rogue” Industrial Action

The State Government has accused WA’s police union of employing “rogue” tactics to achieve a better pay deal, despite the union remaining defiant over its escalated industrial action. Premier Mark McGowan said the move had “backfired” after WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson shut down the industrial action, following the union’s escalation of action to “phase…

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…

WA Bans Plastic Bags By 2018

Plastic bag will no longer be allowed to be distributed in Western Australia by next year, after a landmark decision by the McGowan Government. From 1st, July next year, single use plastic bags will be banned. But large retailers such as IGA, Woolworths, AIDI, Coles and Bunnings already implemented the change by not distributing plastic bags.…

BUDGET 2017: Big Employers To Foot WA’s Budget Repair

WA’s ‘big end of town’ is set to cop a beating on payroll tax as the McGowan Government looks to big employers and corporations to repair the budget. From the 1st, July next year, WA’s large employers will have to pay an extra 6% on payroll tax if their total payroll goes over $100 million.…

State Budget to Feature “Tough” Measures

Ahead of the State budget being released in Parliament next week, there are concerns education, mental health services and alcohol and other drug services will suffer funding cuts because of WA’s ongoing debt. While State Treasurer Ben Wyatt refused to make any specific comments about the budget before its release on September 7, he said…

New Directors General Appointed in Public Sector Reform

New directors general have been appointed to the McGowan Government’s amalgamated departments as part of reforms to WA’s public sector. Eight directors general will lead the new government departments, amalgamated to drive cultural change across the public sector. Mark Webb has been appointed to Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Stephen Wood the Department of…

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…