Rio Tinto supporting DV victims

Rio Tinto supporting DV victims

Kelly Marie Smith, ECU Journalist

September 4, 2017

Mining giant Rio Tinto has taken a stance on domestic violence, announcing special leave entitlements for people experiencing violence at home. This comes after the McGowan Government stated that public sector workers, including casual employees, experiencing family problems and domestic violence...

Senate reform sparks Constitutional concerns

Senate reform sparks Constitutional concerns

Christopher May, Staff reporter

March 2, 2016

The legality of Australia's Senate election arrangements has been slammed by Malcolm Mackerras, a visiting fellow at the Australian Catholic University's Canberra campus, who has labelled them unconstitutional and likely to face a High Court challenge. Mackerras prepared a lengthy 24 page submission...

Abbott unloads on Morrison: “He badly misled people”

Newly appointed Treasurer Scott Morrison

Christopher May, Staff reporter

September 24, 2015

Tony Abbott may have pledged to never background journalists or leak against colleagues, but speaking to The Daily Telegraph he pulled no punches on his recount of events leading up to last week's leadership spill. Mr Abbott claimed Scott Morrison never warned him of an upcoming leadership challenge...

Local issues a key decider in Canning

Tony Abbott's ousting may impact Andrew Hastie's Canning campaign

Tamra Carr, Staff reporter

September 18, 2015

Local issues will be crucial in tomorrow's Canning by-election, according to commentators, with the switch in Liberal leadership likely to cement the Liberal candidate's chances of a win. Political commentator, Crikey columnist, and UWA lecturer William Bowe says keeping issues local is important...

Same sex marriage sways Canning preferences

Polling Station

Nicole Biss, Staff reporter

September 14, 2015

The Australian Christians party has chosen Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie as their top preference for the Canning by-election after he opposed same-sex marriage. Mr Hastie has expressed his views for the traditional definition of marriage, and told the Sydney Morning Herald he is personally opposed...

Bid to oust Dyson Heydon fails on tied vote

Dyson Heydon Royal Commissioner

Josie Scott, Staff Reporter

September 9, 2015

Labor's push to remove Dyson Heydon from the Trade Union Royal Commission has failed, as their motion to the Senate was voted down, with a tie of 34-34 votes. Senator Penny Wong asked the Senate to support the motion that a message be sent to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, requesting he dismiss...

WA Premier slams female Labor MP’s with controversial ‘merit’ comment

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Claire Montgomery, Staff reporter

August 24, 2015

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett caused controversy on Sunday night when he stated that some of the female Labor MP's would not be in parliament if they had been selected on merit alone. Premier Barnett made the controversial comments when asked his opinion on the Liberal party adopting a...

New poll shows Canning lead tightening

Voters in Canning are back to the polls for the third time in three years.

Christopher May, Staff reporter

August 19, 2015

The federal government has a fight on its hands to retain the historically safe Liberal seat of Canning, with a snap by-election for the federal seat of Canning to be held on September 19, after the sudden death of high profile Liberal MP Don Randall. Newspoll figures show a double-digit swing against...

Heat grows on Heydon as Senate weighs in

Dyson Heydon Royal Commissioner

Josie Scott, Staff reporter

August 19, 2015

Trade unions Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon has until Friday to decide whether the accusations made by the trade unions against him are valid — but action in the Senate could pre-empt any decision. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said that links between the Liberal Party and Mr...

Residents anxious as freight link threatens homes

Residents anxious as freight link threatens homes

Tasha Leov, Staff reporter

May 19, 2015

Palmyra residents in South Perth are anxious after receiving letters cautioning them that demolition of their homes could be imminent because of a planned toll roadway, Perth Freight Link. Main Roads notified residents of Palmyra that when the time comes inhabitants will not have a choice and will...

Labor in dispute over conscience vote on marriage equality

Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek is pushing to overturn the conscience vote on marriage equality

Mentari Sandiastri, Staff reporter

May 3, 2015

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek has attracted controversy within the Labor Party by pushing to overturn the conscience vote on marriage equality. Prominent Labor conservative Joe de Bruyn has publicly criticised Ms Plibersek, calling her push for binding vote unnecessary and pointing out that...

WA Labor proposes legislation for all disability support workers

WA Labor proposes legislation for all disability support workers

Gemma Kelly, Staff Reporter

April 28, 2015

The Labor Party in Western Australia plans to introduce new laws for disability support workers to try to protect people with disabilities from abuse and neglect. The proposed legislation was introduced into State Parliament by the Opposition on Sunday. The new law will require all disability support...

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