Clover is friend as well as foe

Clover is friend as well as foe

Clare Varcoe

September 14, 2020

Most people view clover as an annoying weed in their garden, but clover is a natural fertiliser and vital for feeding livestock. The natural bacteria that grows in its root system takes nitrogen from the air and puts it into the ground to feed other plants, but unlike artificial fertilisers, it doesn’t...

Failing nature laws could lead to further health crises

Taken by Annalise Hunt

Annalise Hunt

September 7, 2020

An open letter sent to the federal government from prominent health leaders and groups says that the review of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC act) must be taken seriously. Following COVID-19 and the black summer bushfire crisis, now more than ever, is the most...

PM shelves discrimination inquiry

Religious freedom or discrimination?

Nicholas Doyle

April 13, 2020

The Federal Government has shelved an inquiry which would have provided laws to protect LGBTIQ+ students and teachers from being expelled or fired on the grounds of religious beliefs. The inquiry was first put forward to the Australian Law Reform Commission in April last year and had a deadline of December 2020. Attorney general Christian Porter has now post...

Government linking our data

Government linking our data

Oliver Pomeroy, Reporter

October 22, 2017

The State Government may soon have more detailed profiles on each West Australian following a study posted last week about the data linkage capabilities of the state, and the potential to create detailed analyses. Data linkage is when various strings of data, such as medical history and mental health...

Hotels face fierce competition

Hotels face fierce competition

Kelly Marie Smith, ECU Journalist

October 16, 2017

What started as a way to share an experience or a room in someone else's house, is quickly becoming stiff competition for the hotel industry in WA. The number of Western Australian Airbnb hosts has increased by more than 50% in the past year, bringing the total listings to more than 8000. The re...

COMMENT: Coal or Coral?

COMMENT: Coal or Coral?

Kelly Marie Smith, ECU Journalist

September 11, 2017

When people think of Australia, I guarantee you that one of the first things that comes to mind is the Great Barrier Reef. Now in its second year of serious coral bleaching, I would think our Government would be putting protective measures in place to keep us from losing an Australian icon. Instead,...

A gift to Girl Guides

Girl Guides WA annual awards

Kelly Marie Smith, ECU Reporter

August 21, 2017

Last week Girl Guides WA was one of nine organisations to win a State Government contract to continue providing youth services in Western Australia. The bid, worth over 350k for five years, will allow Girl Guides to continue their mission iof empowering young women to grow into confident and self-respecting...

Bright skies for local apprentices

Picture: Apprenticeship from Pixabay

Vesh Arumugam, Reporter

August 14, 2017

WA Premier Mark McGowan has promised to boost the number of student trainees and apprenticeships in WA this year, the question is, has he fulfilled this promise? Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery, said that consultation will be held extensively over the next couple of months to closely...

Local Government Support For Marriage Equality Swells

Image supplied; City of Fremantle Council chambers

Paul Van Lieshout Hunt, Reporter

May 9, 2017

Two WA councils have joined the cause for marriage equality, passing motions calling on the Federal Government to legalise marriage for people of diverse sexuality and gender. Fremantle Council and Bayswater Council voted on Wednesday 26 April to show public support for same-sex marriage. Fremantle...

Ballard and Catholic Bishop unite to defeat ‘gay panic’ defence

Ballard and Catholic Bishop unite to defeat 'gay panic' defence

Jonah Highman, Staff reporter

May 19, 2016

In an unlikely partnership, comedian Tom Ballard and Catholic Bishop in Queensland Paul Kelly have taken to the International Day Against Homophobia, teaming up to end the use of the so-called "gay panic" murder defence. The defence, which allows a murder charge to be downgraded if the defendant can...

What does the big DD mean for the Senate?

What does the big DD mean for the Senate?

Cam Inglis, Staff reporter

April 25, 2016

July the 2nd looms as the date Australia heads once again to the polls, after the Senate refused to pass the Australian Building and Construction Commission Bill for a second time, providing the Federal Government with a trigger to call a double dissolution. The Bill was defeated by 36-34 votes,...

Call for more police on country roads this Easter

Result of a crash on country roads. Used under Creative Commons License

Tim Meuzelaar, Staff reporter

March 23, 2016

Shadow Police Minister Michelle Roberts has called on the government and police commissioner to dramatically increase marked police cars on the road over the coming Easter long weekend. "On the last long weekend, 11 people were killed on our roads," Ms Roberts said outside Parliament yesterday. "That's...

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