With Liza Harvey on the nose with Scarborough voters and senior MPs conceding ‘spills do happen’, rumours have sparked the party could make a desperate play to rope in Julie Bishop to lead.
It is the little distractions that can derail a Budget presentation. And a Treasury footnote on the bottom of Page 9 of Budget Paper Number 3, almost derailed Ben Wyatt’s moment of glory.
The McGowan Government is pinning its hopes on a $27 billion infrastructure spend to help WA out of the COVID doldrums. But only if it all goes according to plan, writes Joe Spagnolo.
It’s five months late, includes at least $5.5 billion in spending and comes before an election — why McGowan and Wyatt’s October 8 State Budget will be unlike any budget we have seen in WA.
The events of this week make me want to hold those dear and close to me that little bit tighter.
Given the weak Opposition, Mark McGowan is a real chance of building on Labor’s 40 Legislative Assembly seats at the 2021 State election. But it’s in the Legislative Council where things will heat up.
This will be the most important State Budget of the last 10 years — probably longer — as West Australians wait to find out what kind of damage COVID-19 has done to our economy.
Just over a year after Bill Shorten failed to woo WA voters at the Federal election, there is little to suggest Federal Labor is gaining ground on miracle man ScoMo and his Liberals here in the west.
The next WA Labor premier, after Mark McGowan, probably isn’t in the current Cabinet — in fact, they may not even be in State Parliament.
Scott Morrison has learnt the hard way you don’t mess with West Australians. We don’t like being told what to do.
Clive Palmer’s legal case to bring down WA’s hard border closure will kick off tomorrow — but there will be more than just a winner and a loser when this is all over.
Sport, perhaps unlike anything else, seems to capture the imagination of the public and in times of trouble seems to unite people, particularly Australians.
Australian politics won’t quite be the same when he pulls the pin on his political career at the end of this year – a career that has seen him become the nation’s longest serving finance minister.
It’s been a big, big, week for McGowan and WA Labor to mark the start of the yearly winter parliamentary recess. But the battle for the next election is far from over.
The last thing WA Labor needs at next year’s election is Clive Palmer splashing the cash around filling radio spots, newspaper pages, and WA billboards with anti-Labor slogans
Liza Harvey’s fate rests with two politicians – Peter Collier and Nick Goiran. Joe Spagnolo explains why their support is so significant for the Opposition leader’s 2021 State election push.
State Opposition Leader Liza Harvey needs Scott Morrison over here in Western Australia campaigning for her sooner rather than later — not gushing over the WA Labor Government.
Thanks to Phase Three life will just about return back to normal next weekend after restrictions are lifted.
Recent polling shows nearly “everybody loves Mark”, but zero recordings of new COVID-19 cases has his administration under pressure to open up more of WA.
Clive Palmer threatens to gatecrash Mark McGowan’s expected election party next March.
Is half a season half a premiership? For mine, the asterisk against this year’s AFL footy season, should it reboot, has become too great for a ‘regular’ premiership to be awarded.
You can feel it, can’t you? There appears to be a collective sigh from West Australians who, perhaps prematurely, are starting to get the vibe that their State may have dodged a bullet.
Oh, how I am looking forward to cracking open an Easter egg. If COVID-19 restrictions are going to last until 2021 as some say they will, I am determined to enjoy the simple reminders of normalcy.
This week, nearly everyone has had a story to tell about the soon-to-be no more Holden. The announcement that the brand will disappear from Australia has hit many hard, including Joe Spagnolo.
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