Forensic details as Clarke case continues

Perth District Court

Holly Edwards-Smith, Reporter

May 6, 2019

In 2013 Xavier (52) and Ambrose Clarke (54) were tried for the murder of businessman Peter Davis. In February 2018, the board of appeals overturned that court's decision  and ordered a re-trial. The re-trial began on Monday March 25, 2019, and is expected to run for three months. The reason for the...

Shifting the economy’s foundations

Photo by Enkel

Razia Osmani, Reporter

May 6, 2019

Fresh approaches to solving Australia's economic problems will be vigorously debated in Perth later this year, thanks to local social innovation group Enkel and New Economy Network Australia (NENA) collaborating to bring the 4th Annual NENA Conference to WA in October. The conference will be held...

Electric vehicle: are they inevitable?

Tesla Model X

Joshua Smith, Reporter

May 6, 2019

Electric vehicles have been a hot topic for discussion since the Labor party announced its goal to have half of all new car sales in Australia electric by 2030. Despite this goal being criticised by the Coalition, it appears both major parties have similar ideas when it comes to the future of elect...

Funding increase keeps police on the street

WA's police force are set for more time on the streets thanks to a $34.6 million funding boost.

Mason Smith, Reporter

May 5, 2019

A $34.6 million roll-out of personal mobile devices is hoped to afford the WA police more time on the street and less time confined in an office. The funding will deliver 3,500 handheld computer devices, with a range of applications, that will ensure police officers have access to crucial policing...

What is a Filibuster and why did we have one?

UNAAWA Student Parliament in the Legislative Assembly WA Parliament.

Razia Osmani, Reporter

April 29, 2019

According to the Western Australian Parliament, a filibuster is, "The use of long speeches or other tactics in Parliament to delay deliberately a vote or decision." It is also sometimes referred to as talking out or talking a bill to death. By using this tactic Liberal Member of Parliament (MP), N...

EXPLAINED: Negative Gearing

The ALP hopes that removing negative gearing will assist first-home buyers.

Mason Smith, Reporter

April 28, 2019

If you’re like me, you’ve most likely sat down in front of the TV and heard the term ‘negative gearing’ being thrown around recently. With the federal election scheduled for May 18, the talk about this hot-button issue is set to increase dramatically, with the Labor party’s announcement that, if ...

Creating a path for peace

Rotary Club Perth on ANZAC Day

Sharni Hamann, Reporter

April 28, 2019

Anzac Day was commemorated nationwide last Thursday with crowds showing their respect, appreciation and condolences for our nations troops. Perth has many plaques and memorials for the victims of war however there aren’t many plaques for victims of other forms of violence. The Rotary Club of...

Dissecting party policies: An essential guide

Australian Flag

Kate Purnell, Reporter

April 15, 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced last week that the federal election will be held on 18 May 2019. Following the announcement, the ABC released a voting compass which takes users through a series of questions, placing them on the Australian political spectrum. It can be overwhelming figuring ...

New live streaming laws rushed through Parliament

Parliament House.

Henry Sims, Reporter

April 15, 2019

New laws have been passed by the Australian Parliament, after the Christchurch terror attack, to crack down on live streaming of violent material on social media platforms. The laws come in the wake of a barrage of criticism and outrage after the shootings were live-streamed on Facebook and quickly...

Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees

Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees 
Photo by Razia Osmani

Razia Osmani, Reporter

April 15, 2019

The Sunday before the Easter Long weekend is known to Christians as Palm Sunday. In many Christian churches, it is observed to mark Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. The celebrations revolve around palm branches. According to some religious and historical scholars Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were refugees for some period of time and entered Jerusalem not long before Jesus was crucified. Because of this,...

It is on, Federal Election 2019

WA Labor

Razia Osmani, Reporter

April 11, 2019

Australians across the country will go to polls in 37 days. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Federal Election will be held on 18 May 2019. With the race now on the PM claimed in a press conference, that despite global economic headwinds, Australia’s economy is strong: "We delivered the...

Oil and gas giants pocket $324b in tax credits – an explainer

OIl rigs. Image by: Selba. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Henry Sims, Reporter

April 8, 2019

Major oil and gas companies have seen their tax credits rise to a total of $324b in 2017-18 – meaning many of these companies won’t have to pay tax for years to come.  These credits are a result of a piece of tax law called the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT), introduced by the Hawke government in 1987 to apply...

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