Gold Royalty Hike a Possibility After Talks Between Government, Industry

The WA Government could be reviving its gold royalty hike after Ben Wyatt revealed he is considering options to make the failed policy work without significantly impacting marginal mines. The Treasurer said there was a possibility the policy could be brought back after discussions with miners, though nothing had been decided yet. Premier Mark McGowan…

WA Liberals To Target The Hearts & Minds Of Local Chinese

EXCLUSIVE REPORT Just seven months after going into opposition, the Liberal Party has formed a WA Chinese members club to garner support from the Asian community. During a launch at Parliament House on Wednesday evening, Liberal MPs were joined by members of the Chinese community. Former Liberal Candidate For Mirrabrooka Lily Chen has been appointed…

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…

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…

Nahan Calls for Bipartisan Approach With Shorten Over GST Share

The State Opposition has criticised federal Labor for not supporting a better GST deal for WA. State Liberal leader Mike Nahan urging federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to get behind WA’s plan for an increased share. Dr Nahan said the WA’s federal Labor members had not encouraged a better GST deal for the State in their…

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…

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…

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…

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…