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.”…

MP Barry Urban Quits WA Labor Amid Doubts About Past

WA MP Barry Urban has resigned from the Labor Party over scandals about his past, eight months after being elected to parliament . The Member for Darling Range released a statement on Wednesday announcing he was quitting but would sit in Parliament as an independent, after informing Premier Mark McGowan of his decision. “I have…

Opposition Says “NO” To Labor’s Gold Tax Push

  The McGowan Government has relaunched their Gold Tax plan but the Opposition made it clear that they will not support it. During a joint press conference this morning, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt and Minister for Mining & Petroleum Bill Johnston put forward their new Gold Tax plan. Under new rules, gold royalty rate will…

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…