Mark McGowan will use a captain’s pick to parachute Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby into his new Cabinet if he wins the March election.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is refusing to commit to joining WA Liberal leader Zak Kirkup on the campaign trail in the run-up to the State election.
Mark McGowan will have to show he has cojones when he reveals his new-look cabinet after claiming March’s State election. Here’s what should happen with the right leadership.
Ben HarveyChief Reporter
The WA Premier has defended the extraordinary move his government made to end the homeless crisis in a Fremantle park.
Police have begun to dismantle ‘tent city’ after the State Government took the extraordinary step to snatch power from the council this morning.
Rangi Hirini & Joe Spagnolo
The WA Government has taken an extraordinary step to end the 'tent city' saga in Fremantle's Pioneer Park.
Joe Spagnolo, Rangi Hirini & Shannon Hampton
Fremantle’s tent city is on track to be dismantled by the end of the weekend, with every rough sleeper now being offered “appropriate accommodation” and authorities preparing to issue move-on notices.
Josh Zimmerman, Daryna Zadvirna & Michael Traill
Margaret Court says she was not aware of growing backlash over the decision to nominate her for an Australia Day honour, and described harsh critic Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews as ‘blessed’.
Plan includes an extra 100 school psychologists in a bid to improve mental health support and counselling for WA schoolchildren.
Angela Pownall & Bethany Hiatt
WA Police have linked allegations two men sexually attacked two girls aged 13 and 14 in Fremantle in the early hours of New Year’s Day with the port’s homeless camp.
WA Liberal leader Zak Kirkup wants to go head-to-head with Mark McGowan in five debates — four of them televised — ahead of the March 13 election.
There are now just 1200 fewer employed West Australians than last February, prior to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down large swathes of the economy.
The Labor Premier sounds like a tough talking, right-wing Sky News After Dark commentator while his Liberal counterpart is acting like a bleeding heart Leftie. What is going on?
Peter LawState Political Editor
Liberal leader Zak Kirkup is accusing Labor of being behind targeted attacks on his office — claiming his political opponents were ‘going too far’ with their dirty tricks.
West Australian families are missing out on earning an extra $11,000 a year due to the rigid and expensive childcare sector, The West can exclusively reveal.
The idea that we need to do better to ensure women are represented fairly and equally across the different sectors of society is far from new. And yet we still have work to do to bring it to reality.
Legal Aid WA will hire an extra duty lawyer after an Aboriginal grandma with dementia was given no legal representation and spent six days in jail for squirting her neighbour with a garden hose.
Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup has challenged Premier Mark McGowan to accommodate all the rough sleepers at Fremantle’s tent city by the end of the month.
Josh Zimmerman & Peter Law
A domestic violence campaign that encourages abusive men to seek help would be resurrected as part of the WA Liberals $45.5 million election commitment targeting prevention of household abuse.
Police stations in Gosnells, Rockingham and Warwick would remain open until 7pm on weekdays under a re-elected McGowan Government.
Community services groups have joined Premier Mark McGowan in condemning Fremantle’s tent city, describing it as a ‘misguided and even dangerous’ response to homelessness.
Josh Zimmerman & Charlotte Elton
Up to one million West Australians are predicted to cast their votes early at the State election because of COVID safety fears — with postal vote packages to arrive in mailboxes from late February.
Supermodel Miranda Kerr left her Hunter Valley property during a 14-day mandatory quarantine period in breach of the Government-issued ‘exemption’ she had been granted.
Nick Hansen and Perry Duffin
Liberal Leader Zak Kirkup has accused the State Government of ‘sitting on billions of dollars of revenue’ and ‘choosing’ to ignore WA’s homelessness crisis during a visit to the encampment.
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