WA’s $8.8 billion health budget

Health Minister Roger Cook at a dental health rally

Linton Price, Reporter

May 24, 2018

This year the State Government is putting 29% of the state's budget into healthcare. Though the spending is a reduction of 2.4% from last year's budget, the government has laid out a list of investments into WA hospitals. According to the government, $24.9 million is to be invested in Osborne Park...

Universities taking a stand

Changing rape culture CC BY 2.0

Rebecca Low, ECU

May 24, 2018

Universities across Australia have started to make changes around their campuses to protect students against sexual harassment and assault. These changes are being made as part of the national Respect. Now. Always. campaign which was launched in 2016 to increase awareness, and address sexual assault ...

Fixing the Health Star Ratings

Heathy or not?

Chiko-Martin Miti, Reporter

May 23, 2018

Health Star Rating (HSR) is a method of labelling food to help people make wise choices in  buying the right food, but consumer group Choice is claiming that some companies are gaming the system. Choice is calling on members of the public to sign up to their campaign while a government review of t...

ECU – Satisfaction Winner

ECU – Satisfaction Winner

Jacob Vantuil and Venine Palm

May 23, 2018

Edith Cowan University has checked all the boxes to qualify as the nation's first place winner among public universities for both student satisfaction and the category for teaching quality, skills development and student support. The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) survey, released...

Thank you Dr David Goodall

A life and a legacy

Ryan Ausden - with Kayt Davies, Reporter

May 17, 2018

Dr David Goodall was born on April 4, 1914, and ended his long life on May 10, 2018, through a lethal injection in Liestal, Switzerland. He was 104, and had worked hard over after a long career as a research scientist, in his last years as Professor with Edith Cowan University. Dr Goodall was a loving...

Is WA fracked?

Fracking for oil and gas -CC0 License

Connor Mallis, Reporter

May 17, 2018

You may have seen the Anti-Fracking Movement set up around festivals or even outside parliament and wondered what the hell is it, and is it happening in WA? Well, WA law, as it stands permits fracking, but the current government is working on changing the law. An anti-fracking movement has emerged internationally, with involvement of inte...

Would you ban puppy farming?

Avoid puppy farmers when buying pets

Jacob Vantuil, Reporter

May 17, 2018

If puppy farming piques your rage now is the time to speak up. The McGowan State Government has allocated $250,000 in the 2018/19 state budget to implement a ban but it is not yet sure about the best way to make the ban work, and so it is calling for public to submit ideas, information and suggestions. The...

How to be a good Samaritan


Connor Mallis, Reporter

May 17, 2018

Matthew Bosner - known by his mates as 'Bonza', is your typical Australian guy. He plays plays cricket in the summer, footy in the winter and surfs all year round. Bonza is the kind of person that you meet for the first time, and you feel like you've known him for years. His openness and kind-heartedness...

Oh deer

Wild deer

Sasha Parissis, ECU Reporter

May 17, 2018

Would you eat a deer burger? Deer ravioli or a deer little sausage roll? These food items could be making their way onto the menus of your local cafes and restaurants, as wild deer have become a problem to the environment in rural Tasmania. According to a recent news article, Tasmania has had an increasingly large number of wild deer causing devastating impacts ...

Remembering Grenfell & our fire safety audit

Floral tribute with candles for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, London. June 16, 2017. Outside Notting Hill Methodist Church, in the vicinity of Grenfell Tower.

Jacob Wall, ECU Reporter

May 16, 2018

The one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 80 people and shocked the world is approaching. The fire broke out on 14 June 2017, in a 24-storey block of public housing flats in West London. Luckily 223 people escaped, but tragically 71 people, including a stillborn baby...

CRCs at risk in state budget

Country field

Rebecca Low, NewsvineWA Reporter

May 10, 2018

The State Government has proposed a future funding scheme for Community Resource Centres across Western Australia which would see a reduction in their funding. Under the recommendation the majority of CRCs would be offered $70,000 a year -  if they are in a community with over 3000 people or $50,000...

RBA – “Steady as she goes”

Every bit counts

Linton Price, Reporter

May 10, 2018

Tuesday last week marked the 20th consecutive month the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has maintained the Australian cash rate at 1.5%. Due to the current state of the housing market in the eastern states and weak inflation, the RBA has not been able to normalise the cash rate. The move was expected...

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