Councils Accept Mandatory Local Government Training Amid Concerns It Won’t Improve Accountability

Compulsory training legislation for local government candidates and councillors will be “critically important” but are concerned it will not make a massive difference to accountability, according to councillors. Councillors claim that the introduction of the laws on Thursday were “on the money” to ensure responsibilities in local government positions were understood, but the quality of…

OPINION: Thanks For Coming Scott!

Commentary By Dr Ian Cook, Senior Lecturer In Global Politics & Policies At Murdoch University. Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, was in WA late last week trying to shore up support for the Coalition ahead of this year’s federal election. He has a very tough job when it comes to persuading voters to give his…

Former Trump Campaign Chairman prison-bound

By Helene Fung Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for US President Donald Trump, has been sentenced to 47 months in jail due to tax fraud and bank fraud charges. He’s also been ordered to pay fines of more than US$24 million. Manafort has hidden earnings he made in the Ukraine from the US Inland…

Julie Bishop Resigns From Parliament

Picture Courtesy: Parliament Broadcast & Julie Bishop Twitter Former foreign minister Julie Bishop has revealed she will retire from federal politics at the next federal election. Ms Bishop made the surprise statement after Question Time, revealing that she would not contest the electorate of Curtin, choosing to retire instead. Ms Bishop was the Liberal Party’s…

Expert: Climate change debate is a struggle for young people

Last week in the Senate, the Green’s motion to condemn the WA Government to allow fracking in our state was voted down, with the Coalition, ALP and One Nation all supporting fracking. Greens Senator, Jordon Steele John, said this toxic industry has no social license in WA and will only line the pockets of major…

School Children protest against Federal Climate Change inaction

School children around the country boycotted a school day to protest outside city Parliaments, demanding the Government takes much needed action against climate change, with a promising commitment to renewable energy. Hundreds of school kids gathered in front of parliament chanting and waving politically charged signs, and speaking up for future generations. 12-year-old speaker, Bella…