He took over Labor after it lost the unloseable election. Now, Anthony Albanese reflects on his leadership, China, childcare, Mark McGowan and why he wants the WA border to re-open.
WA MP Andrew Hastie has been accused of treating foreign policy “inappropriately” by Anthony Albanese after an online petition calling for a China “push back” was used to solicit political donations.
Annabel Hennessy and Lanai Scarr
Support for the Coalition has slipped with the Morrison Government now 50-50 with Labor on two-party preferred basis, according to the latest Newspoll.
State Treasurer Ben Wyatt took to Twitter yesterday to share a poignant photograph of himself with his late father in a tribute to Sorry Day.
WA’s recovery from COVID-19 is turning nasty, with Labor and the Liberals trading political insults at the same time as tens of thousands of West Australians are out of work due to the crisis.
Peter Law and Josh Zimmerman
Labor has set its sights on using Mark McGowan’s unprecedented approval rating to pick up seats at the State election that were considered unwinnable before COVID-19.
Barack Obama has slammed the US government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, telling college graduates in an online speech that many officials ‘aren’t even pretending to be in charge’.
The Government’s new bid to reappoint John McKechnie as WA’s top corruption fighter is “unlawful”, according to the Opposition’s reading of advice from the State’s former solicitor-general.
If the McGowan Government don’t have the stomach to tackle tax reform after the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression, it presents a golden opportunity to the WA Liberals.
Peter LawState Political Editor
Former McGowan Government media adviser Stephen Kaless is accused of indecently assaulting a staffer at a Christmas party.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will use his first major speech since the start of the pandemic to attack the Government for wanting to “snapback” to the way things were rather than attempting reform.
Australia’s leaders stood united when COVID-19 first gripped the nation. But cases have since plummeted. Federal Political Editor Lanai Scarr unpacks how the National Cabinet is now divided again.
The WA Liberals have called for the State’s hard border closure to be relaxed to allow AFL clubs to fly in and out of Perth.
WA builder Dale Alcock has warned against a long term immigration cut while experts warn property prices will take a dive due to falling immigration.
Annabel Hennessy and Joshua Zimmerman
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has wished retiring Labor MP Mike Kelly well, throwing his weight behind NSW deputy premier John Barilaro for the seat of Eden Monaro.
WA Premier Mark McGowan continues to ride a wave of support over his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, with a new poll from The Australian pinning his management at the top of all Australian premiers.
The CCC could be leaderless for months as Mark McGowan refuses to back down in his bid to bring back his pick for the role — and has likened the WA Liberals to terrorists over the issue.
Peter de Kruijff
Opposition leader Liza Harvey has accused the McGowan Government of “hoarding a war chest” for next year’s State election as she outlined her economic plan to save WA businesses and households.
Labor’s primary vote has increased by two points in the latest Newspoll despite Scott Morrison having a personal approval rating almost equal to that of Kevin Rudd at his height.
Mark McGowan says the blocking of the reappointment of the State’s top corruption fighter by the WA Liberals is almost “corrupt”.
Former Liberal premier Colin Barnett says John McKechnie must be reappointed WA’s corruption watchdog boss and has offered a solution to the stalemate.
John McKechnie says the Corruption and Crime Commission has been “decapitated” by a committee of MPs who blocked his reappointment as commissioner in the middle of several major investigations.
A Labor member from the committee that knocked back the reappointment of the CCC boss has seemingly revealed the group’s deliberations — which are not supposed to be made public.
Mark McGowan will be hoping a Parliamentary committee which scuttled the reappointment of the Corruption and Crime Commission boss has changed its mind after he asked them to reconsider.
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