Darling Range MP Barry Urban Quits Politics as Report Recommends Expulsion

Embattled Western Australian Independent MP has quit politics, triggering a by-election in his electorate of Darling Range. He resigned from parliament on Tuesday, ending a saga over his police service medal and false education qualifications as the Procedure and Privileges Committee revealed he should be expelled for lying about his background. “The Legislative Assembly finds…

West Australians Remember Fallen Soldiers During Anzac Day Dawn Service

Thousands have gathered at Kings Park’s war memorial to acknowledge fallen Australian soldiers, during a solemn service commemorating Anzac Day. More than 30,000 people came paid their respects in the pre-dawn darkness, remembering those who lost their lives during World War I. The crowd observed a somber silence as a bugler played the Last Post.…

Power Prices Difficult to Fall as Frydenberg Calls for Price Drop

Energy experts are warning it will be difficult for power to drop in price, despite Federal Government calls for power retailers to cut prices. Curtin University Energy Policy Researcher James Eggleston said lowering power costs for consumers could be an impossibility, as gas becomes more readily available for households. “By in large the bulk of…

State Budget Boosted With Faster Than Expected Improvement

WA’s State Budget is experiencing a rapid improvement with as a result of lower spending and larger payments from government enterprises. Treasury’s Quarterly Financial Results Report reveals general government sector recorded an operating deficit of $701 million for six months until December 31 2017, $744 million lower than the same period last year. “It’s already…

New Liquor Laws to Boost WA Hospitality Flexibility

The WA Government is aiming to boost the state’s hospitality scene following the introduction of new reforms to WA’s liquor laws. The Liquor Control Amendment Bill 2018 will be presented to State Parliament next week, which will support local businesses, create more jobs and drive new hospitality activity. “We’re getting on with the job by…

WA Liberals Endorse David Honey For Cottesloe Seat

The Liberal Party has endorsed former WA Liberal president David Honey as its candidate for the Cottesloe by-election. Dr Honey won the support at a pre-selection meeting overnight, beating BHP lawyer Emma Roberts and four other candidates for the election, triggered by the retirement of former premier Colin Barnett. “The people of Cottesloe, the electors…

McGowan Demands Answers Over School Water Lead

Mark McGowan has called for answers over incomplete lead testing at new WA schools, claiming the bureaucrats responsible “deserve a good kick up the pants”. The premier said Education Minister Sue Ellery and Director General of Education Sharyn O’Neill had his full support over the issue but responsibility had to be assigned elsewhere after assurances…

Explanation “Not Comprehensive Enough” as Barry Urban Apologises “Unreservedly” Over Past

West Australian MP Barry Urban has faced Parliament to “apologise unreservedly” over discrepancies about his past. The member for Darling Range addressed Parliament for the first time following two weeks of speculation, however both the state government and opposition have criticised the now independent MP over his statement claiming his “explanation was not comprehensive enough.”…