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…

Inaugural Community Cabinet Meeting to be Held in Canning Vale

The McGowan government is set to hold its inaugural Community Cabinet event at Canning Vale College on August 21. Local residents will have the opportunity to participate in a Town Hall meeting to discuss important local issues with Premier Mark McGowan and Cabinet ministers, in a bid to encourage greater community engagement. Mr McGowan said…

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…

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…

Teaching Assistants Returns To Kimberley Schools

Education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEO) are set to return to Kimberley classrooms, reversing teaching cuts made by the previous Liberal-National government. An additional 10.5 full-time equivalent education assistants will return to public school classrooms in the Kimberley from 2018, while 21.1 will return in 2019 and 13.3 in 2020. Meanwhile, 3.8…

WA Police Escalates War On Wages

The pay war between WA Government and Police Officers has escalated, after Premier Mark McGowan stands firm on the matter. The Government has offered a flat $1000 pay increase with its new wages policy. But Police Union President, George Tilbury, is adamant that they deserve a 1.5% pay rise. He warned the that officers would…

$10 Billion Up For Grabs Under WA GST Proposal

The Western Australian government claims the State would be $10 billion better off after submitting a range of proposals to reform the Commonwealth Grants Commission. Premier Mark McGowan said the current arrangement was holding back WA’s economy and national economies, in its submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the nation’s annual GST carve up.…

Grants to Boost West Kimberley Indigenous Communities and Environment

West Kimberley communities will be receiving a helping hand through new funding to assist Aboriginal Australians and wildlife. $50,226 in grants through the Water Corporation’s Community Grants Scheme will improve Indigenous employment, health and wellbeing as well as protecting and caring for wildlife. The money will be given to nine not-for-profit groups and schools across…

McGowan Government Reduces Skilled Migrant Eligibility

The McGowan Government has updated the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) and had the state removed from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) to ensure more jobs for Western Australians. The schemes allow for skilled migrants to be sponsored to move to WA, though the government argues many of these roles can be…