Mandurah businesses regroup after virus-cancelled Crab Fest

Customers lining up at Sharky's in Mandurah

Rhys Gardiner, Reporter

March 19, 2020

The recent cancellation of Mandurah’s Crab Fest due to Covid-19 has seen local businesses focusing on recovery. It would have been the 22nd running of the popular two-day event, but health concerns forced the City of Mandurah to cancel the event the day before it was due to start. Sharky’s...

Billion dollar baby formula plant for Badgingarra

Baby formula could be WA's next big export. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Rhys Gardiner, Reporter

March 16, 2020

The Shire of Dandaragan in WA’s Mid-West may soon be home to a $1.2 billion dairy and baby formula manufacturing plant, creating 950 construction jobs. The facility has been proposed by Chinese-backed organisation WA Dairy and Energy (WADE). It's planned to be located outside the town of Badgingarra,...

Calls for calm amid Coronavirus Panic

Empty toilet paper shelves at Coles in Claremont.

Tim Cornish, Journalist

March 14, 2020

The panic was highlighted in a video of a fight between two customers in a Sydney Woolworths. The video featured two women arguing over toilet paper rolls before they struck out. Associate Professor of Disaster and emergency response at Edith Cowan University, Erin Smith says the panic isn’t justified...

Election wrap up: what’s up with the polls?

Election wrap up: what's up with the polls?

Kate Purnell

May 23, 2019

The federal election was campaigned relentlessly from all sides, however, Ipsos polls on the day showed the Australian Labor Party (ALP) ahead of The Liberal Party 52-48. Despite this, and all other polls leading up to the election showing a Labor victory, The Coalition secured themselves another term. When...

Tales from a true detective: “I’m living a movie”

Tales from a true detective: “I’m living a movie”

Joshua Smith, Reporter

May 21, 2019

The word ‘detective’ has become somewhat synonymous with ‘superhero,’ ‘wizard’ or ‘unicorn,’ as it seems like the type of thing that only exists in our favourite TV shows, movies and books. The wide variety of entertainment revolving around detective work makes it seem like the job...

WA’s waste future is in our hands

Western Australians are being urged to consider their waste output.

Mason Smith, Reporter

May 20, 2019

In a time where there is a never-ending list of things to purchase, we’re often left with plenty of new goodies, but also plenty of waste. While new and shiny purchases are all well and good, do you ever stop and think about where all your rubbish ends up? Unfortunately, for those living anywhere...

COMMENT: Labor’s election loss a failure of leadership

Bill Shorten. Taken by David McKelvey. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Henry Sims, Reporter

May 20, 2019

If there is one lesson the Australian Labor Party need to take from the disastrous 2019 election it’s this: leadership matters.  Although many will come out and point the finger elsewhere – ambitious policies, the relationship with the trade union movement or a focus on the environment over the economy,...

New ‘revenge porn’ laws bring tougher penalties

New 'revenge porn' laws bring tougher penalties

Malcolm Coleman, Reporter

May 13, 2019

The Western Australian parliament has recently joined other states across Australia in introducing new legislation on 'revenge porn', the non-consensual sharing of intimate images. Federal laws passed in August 2018  made some cyber image sharing activities into criminal offences, meaning that poli...

Wages shaping as a key election battleground

Pay packets have stagnated.

Henry Sims, Reporter

May 13, 2019

With the federal election in full swing, there are countless campaigns underway – not only from the parties vying for seats themselves, but also business groups, lobby groups and unions seeking to get their issues on the national agenda.  Increasingly shaping up as a major issue is wage growth, and with the Australian Council of Trade Unions spending big on their ‘Change the Rules’ campaign, wages have become a major battlegro...

Bishop’s Curtin: In play despite 15.5% margin

The West Australian's cover on Feb 22, when Bishop announced that she would not stand again.

Razia Osmani, Reporter

May 13, 2019

Since its establishment, Julie Bishop's seat of Curtin, that encompasses Perth's wealthy Western suburbs, has been held by the Liberals (except for a brief spell when it was held by a Liberal Independent), but ironically it was named after a Labor-man. The division of Curtin was established in 1949 and named a...

Stirling electorate: Diverse and marginal at 6.1%

Stirling's coastline

Holly Edwards-Smith, Reporter

May 13, 2019

The federal electorate of Stirling was first named and voted on in 1955. It was named after the first governor of the Swan River Colony, Sir James Stirling. Over its 64-year history it has had 18 elections and 12 of them have been won by a member of the Liberal party. Following a 2016 boundary redistribution,...

The electorate of Hasluck: 2.1%

The electorate of Hasluck: 2.1%

Kate Purnell, Reporter

May 13, 2019

The seat of Hasluck will be one to watch on election night, May 18. The Liberal Party currently holds the seat with one of the smallest margins nationally, at 2.1%. Last election saw the Labor Party increase their swing by 4%, the question to be answered is whether they can boost their position again. Featured...

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