WA’s Jobless Rate Falls Under 6% As Full Time Work Rises

Unemployment in Western Australia has fallen to its lowest levels in almost a year following a rise in the number of people finding full time work. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures revealed on Thursday the state’s jobless rate fell 0.6 percentage points in April to 5.9 per cent. It is the first time unemployment in…

Government Meets Affordable Housing Target

The State Government has reached a major milestone today for delivering 20,000 affordable homes in Western Australia. Premier Colin Barnett and Housing Minister Colin Holt together announced a target of building another 30,000 affordable homes across the state by 2020. Mr Barnett handed over a set of keys to Sheree Bevan, one of applicant from priority…

WA Government Stands Firm on 457 Visa Education Policy

Click on the player above to video version of the story. (First story in the newscast) This story is written by WAMN News journalist Daniel Edwards. Lobby groups and some politicians campaigned to scrap the 457 visa education fee policy. However, the state government has chosen not to change the 457 visa education fee, which…

WA 2014 State Budget Delivered

State Treasurer Mike Nahan has delivered his first ever State Budget for the 2014-2015 financial year admitting predicted cuts and rumours of government entities being sold off. As expected, the government has run the rule over necessary cuts and asset sales, and increased tarrifs for utilities as they announced the state must live within its…

Mia Davies Joins State Cabinet

Premier Colin Barnett has announced another Cabinet Reshuffle this morning after former Nationals leader Brendon Grylls resigned last month. New Nationals leader Terry Redman will become the Minister for Regional Development and Lands, Mia Davies becomes the Water and Forestry Minister. The Premier also announced more responsibility will be given to Dr Kim Hames and…

Rudd Quits Public Life

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has retired from politics. During a harrowing and emotional speech Kevin thanked everyone in the House of Representatives, the Labor party and his family for which is the reason he’s retiring. Mr Rudd thanked his family and his community for their continual support over the years, and urged other politicians to be gentle with…

Greens Leader on WA’s recount result

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has expressed her enthusiasm for her colleague Senator Scott Ludlam, returning as a Greens Senator representing the people of Western Australia after the WA recount. Mrs Milne has expressed gratitude to all the scrutineers, Greens members and supporters all around the country for all of their on going support and…

AEC Denies Ludlam’s Recount Request

The Australian Electoral Commission has rejected Greens Senator Scott Ludlam’s request to recount the Senate votes. Australian Sports Party candidate Wayne Dropulich’s recount request was also denied. In a media release, the AEC stated that: “The requests for a recount did not identify any specific issues, which would have warranted the conduct of a recount and as…

Scott Ludlam Loses Seat

The Palmer United Party’s candidate Zhenya Wang won the WA Senate seat while Greens Senator Scott Ludlam missed out. The PUP will now have 3 seats in the upper house and 1 seat in the lower house. David Johnston, Linda Reynolds and Michaelia Cash will stand for the Liberals. On the other hand, Joe Bullock…

Shorten to challenge Labor Leadership

After his election loss, Kevin Rudd resigned as Labor Leader. Now, Bill Shorten has confirmed that he will fight against the coalition. “I have taken the decision to run with regard to the interests of the great Australian Labor Party and with the interests of my family at the forefront of my mind,” Mr Shorten…