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Western Australian nurses and midwives strike after rejecting pay and conditions offer

Thousands of surgeries, including procedures for cancer patients, have been cancelled as nurses and midwives across Western Australia strike over an ill-fated pay offer. Key points: Nurses are set to strike today over a pay dispute Some elective surgeries have been postponed WA’s Health Minister says she cannot condone ‘illegal activity which jeopardises patient safety’ The industrial action […]

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WA government and builder John Holland reach confidential settlement over $300m Perth Children’s Hospital lawsuit

The WA government and construction giant John Holland have agreed to a settlement, of an unknown amount, in their long-running dispute over the Perth Children’s Hospital. Key points: John Holland launched a $300m lawsuit against the WA government in 2019 The Perth Children’s Hospital build was plagued by problems The two parties have now reached a settlement […]

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WA nurses planning statewide strike after wage negotiations with government break down

WA nurses are planning a state-wide strike on Friday after rejecting the government’s latest pay and conditions offer, and are now demanding a five per cent pay rise.  Key points: ANF members emphatically rejected the government’s pay offer A statewide strike is planned for Friday Nurses want Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson to speak to them That […]

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WA government takes Australian Nursing Federation to Industrial Relations Commission as wage fight drags on

The WA government has applied to the state’s industrial umpire for help to resolve its ongoing and escalating dispute over pay and conditions for nurses and midwives. Key points: Nurses rejected the government’s latest offer on Wednesday Industrial action has been escalating for three weeks The WA government has now appealed the industrial umpire for […]

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Mark McGowan says WA ‘likely’ to need imported coal amid rising concerns over electricity grid

The WA Premier has admitted it is likely the state will be forced to import coal from New South Wales to keep its lights on over the coming years. Key points: Mark McGowan says sourcing enough coal will be a challenge Mr McGowan says coal will be needed for another eight years  There are growing concerns […]

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Auditor-general warns WA government over risk of money laundering and terrorism financing

The WA government has been warned almost all of its agencies with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism obligations are at risk of non-compliance with Commonwealth laws. In particular, auditor-general Caroline Spencer noted two were missing “key program elements” and were at a “greater risk of non-compliance, and money laundering or terrorist financing activity”. So what does […]

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McGowan government welcomes Albanese’s $375 million for WA cancer centre but questions remain

The McGowan government has welcomed federal funding for a one-stop cancer facility but has stopped short of committing its own money to it. Key points: The federal government will fund half the current cost of cancer centre But a business case suggests project costs could rise The WA opposition wants the government to commit to the […]

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Child sex abuse accused WA MP James Hayward suspended from parliament, kicked off committee

James Hayward has been suspended from parliament for the remainder of the year, kicked off a parliamentary committee, and ordered to undergo training on parliamentary privilege and ethics. Key points: James Hayward has been suspended from WA parliament Mr Hayward spoke for almost 40 minutes in his own defence He is due to stand trial […]

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Parliamentary committee recommends suspension of ex-Nationals MP James Hayward

A parliamentary committee has recommended a WA politician accused of child sex offences be suspended from parliament for the rest of the year. Key points: Mr Hayward applied to have his bail varied to attend a cannabis forum He claimed he would have to resign from a committee if he didn’t attend The Procedures and […]

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Yagan Square ‘ghost town’ in heart of Perth CBD to undergo $8.4 million overhaul

The WA government will spend millions of dollars on a five-level hospitality venue in an effort to breathe life into the embattled Yagan Square in the heart of Perth’s nightlife precinct.  Key points: The Market Hall precinct was described as a “ghost town” by previous tenants It will undergo an $8.4 million overhaul to attract more […]

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