EXCLUSIVE: One Nation Stands Against Gold Levy

In the September budget, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced a new tax on the gold sector as a solution to the dire state of WA’s finances, however on Tuesday, the WA One Nation Party are set to make a motion against it. Earlier this week, Mr Wyatt publicly criticised gold miners for refusing to pay…

Forrest Highway Gets Green Light for Point-To-Point Cameras

Western Australian Police are advising motorists to slow down with point to point speed cameras set to go live on Forrest Highway from next week. Drivers travelling in the WA’s first Average Speed Safety Camera Zone are being warned they will be penalised if caught speeding within the Forrest Highway Zone from September 6. Television,…

CCC Laws Target Unexplained Crime Wealth

New crime legislation will give the Corruption and Crime Commission new powers to target unexplained wealth from organised crime. The new laws are part of the State Government’s Corruption, Crime and Misconduct and Criminal Property Confiscation Amendment Bill 2017, aiming to fight corruption and organised crime in the State. “Before the election, WA Labor made…

Amber-Jade Rides the Wave of Change

A shift from WA Opposition to State Government has given Labor’s New Member for Morley Amber-Jade Sanderson a bigger opportunity to help people in the community. A new job is often an exciting experience, but for Amber-Jade Sanderson, not much has changed. “All I’ve had to do is change the signs on my office,” she…

WA Tourism Industry Hits New Record

Our state has hit a new record, with 109,000 Western Australians now employed in the tourism industry. The 2015-16 State Tourism Satellite Account revealed 72,000 Western Australians are directly employed by the tourism industry, with another 37,000 people employed indirectly. The State Government has pledged a further $425 million to destination marketing and events over…

WA Households Face Fee Hikes to Aid Budget Repair

Western Australians will be hit with higher bills, with Treasurer Ben Wyatt announcing a range of increased fees and charges for households. The bump up in costs will result in a 7.7 per cent  hike across the board from July 1, expecting Western Australians to share the burden of repairing the State Budget. Electricity will…

WA Gets METRONET and GST Top-Up

Western Australia has been allocated $1.6 billion in the Federal budget, to go towards improving infrastructure. This includes putting forward $1.2 billion for the METRONET rail project and another $100 million for better access to the area surrounding Fiona Stanley Hospital. However, this is only a re-allocation of the money that was originally supposed to…

Saffioti Recommits to Not Widening Guildford Road

Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands, Rita Saffioti, has recommitted to WA Labor’s election pledge to not widen Guildford Road. Ms Saffioti has urged the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to submit their formal recommendation as quickly as possible, as required by law, so she can give landowners certainty. “We have made a clear election…

Seniors Savaged By Record Budget Cuts

The State Opposition criticised Colin Barnett for failing to stand up to significant cuts in funding by the Federal Government. According to Labor, the Federal Government has made $107 million worth of cuts over the next four years to WA seniors discounts and concessions. The programs which will be affected include discounts on council rates,…

Damning report into Banksia Hill Riot

Two reports including the review to the Banksia Hill Detention Centre Riot in January and the Auditor General’s report on the BHDC’s Redevelopment Project were tabled in Parliament. The riot happened on the evening of 20th January 2013, damaging cells and living areas in the detention centre  and causing 400,000 dollars worth of damage. In…