Telstra to Refund 42,000 Customers for Slow NBN Speeds

Telstra has offered to refund around 42,000 of its customers who experienced slow speeds while connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN). The telco will offer remedies to people after admitting it may have breached consumer law by promising NBN speeds it could not deliver to customers who purchased internet services through both Telstra and…

New Zealand First holds balance of power after indecisive election

The final votes from the New Zealand election have been counted, with the ruling National Party winning 44.4% of the votes and the opposition Labour Party won 36.9%. This leaves the National Party with 56 seats and Labour with 46, both short of the 61 seats needed to govern outright in the 120 seat parliament.…

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…

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’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…