Where aggressive tactics have alienated middle Australia, the fight for workplace safety is a union’s most important work. As long as there are employers who disregard safety, the fight keeps going.
The Government sells it as ‘safe and strong’. My thought was: ‘underwhelming and unimaginative’.
The rest of the country, and the region, is moving forward without us. New Zealanders will soon be able to visit NSW and the Northern Territory but WA is stubbornly remaining shut.
Justice Hall reached the only legal conclusion that he could, yet still offered a bright, clear statement — the system thinks you murdered Sarah Spiers, too, Bradley Robert Edwards.
Fringe World? Not happening. Big Bash cricket? Nope. A-League soccer? Watch it on TV. While every other State will be attending live events the hard border policy will stop a lot of WA summer fun.
State and Federal Governments across Australia have shown a lack of leadership and basic decency this week.
McGowan wears the armour of public opinion and knows Scott Morrison dare not retaliate. But separation from the rest of the country should not be celebrated, nor viewed as a ‘win’.
An influenza strain that emerged from China spread across the globe and killed one million people. But there was never any call for widespread lockdowns of public gatherings.
There’s a view that Australians were told to come home in March, so if they haven’t made it back by now, it’s their fault. But is this a fair assessment? Gareth Parker thinks not.
The temptation is to describe Clive Palmer as a compulsive litigant, but he has a habit of racking up wins. His conflicts go back a long way.
While the hospital system — and all West Australians — have been singularly focused on COVID-19, the same old challenges endure, and in some cases, are worsening.
Whatever way the High Court rules on WA’s “hard” border, the Premier is on a political winner.
Making predictions is fraught. That said, the March 2021 poll feels about as unwinnable as any election I can recall with Mark McGowan presently revered for his management of the coronavirus.
What’s happening in Victoria is a serious failure of good governance that has imperilled the national recovery.
These are anxious, worrying times. We don’t trust Donald Trump, but we still put great value on the US security alliance. And our attitudes towards China have shifted significantly.
What happens after the Black Lives Matter protests? What is the ‘ask’? What is the commitment to fresh action, from government, law enforcement, protesters, and every other West Australian?
First-homebuilder grants are a popular strategy in politics but many economists argue they simply push up the price of housing by an amount equivalent to the grant. There is a better way to help young people.
If oppositions across the country are so heavily involved in the politics of COVID-19, what’s the story with the WA Liberals?
Mark McGowan doesn’t want to flatten the curve but eliminate COVID-19 from WA. This zero case obsession means we are too slow to lift business shutdowns, at significant extra cost to livelihoods.
Flattening the curve does not mean zero cases — we must live with tolerable risk. WA is better placed than nearly anywhere in the world to get on with things. It’s time for our State to reopen.
We did it. We flattened the coronavirus curve. But with 1.5 million Australians on JobSeeker and unemployment predicted to rise to 10 per cent, we must carefully consider how we move forward.
Leadership in a pandemic is about trying to soothe fright by understanding the context of the crisis and adapting to changed conditions. WA’s State School Teachers’ Union failed that test this week.
Malcolm Turnbull’s memoir, with its score settling, sex scandals and petty personal jealousies, is a timely reminder of how profoundly unserious the previous decade of Australian governance had been.
Not much good has come out of the coronavirus crisis. One positive is a glimpse at a new model of political leadership that voters are embracing after a decade-plus of justified cynicism and anger.
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