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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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Big miners to fund WA ‘legacy’ infrastructure projects in new investment fund

A lucrative community investment trust funded by WA’s booming mining sector is being established by the state government to help pay for critical infrastructure in remote communities, as well as significant “legacy” projects. Key points: WA’s big mining companies have already pledged $750 million to the fund The Premier wants it to deliver ‘legacy projects’ for the state […]

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Unregistered assault rifles, smoke grenade and 10,000 rounds of ammunition found in Perth home

A haul of weapons including semi-automatic assault rifles and a military-grade smoke grenade has been seized from an underground cellar at a home in a northern coastal suburb of Perth.  The Australian Federal Police (AFP) conducted a raid on the home on November 3, seizing 10 unregistered firearms, including two SKS semi-automatic assault rifles capable of firing […]

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Police investigate woman’s death in East Perth hotel

Police are investigating the death of a woman at a hotel in East Perth.  Officers were called to the Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth on Adelaide Terrace at 9:40am on Sunday.  Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Fogell from the Homicide Squad said the woman was found unresponsive.  “Police were called to the hotel as a result of a […]

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WA Government set to modernise state’s abortion laws, following community consultation

Women and medical practitioners have been asked to have their say on WA’s decades-old abortion laws, which are among the toughest in the country, as the state government prepares to overhaul the legislation.   Key points: A four-week public consultation period has begun to change WA’s abortion laws  WA has some of the toughest abortion laws in the country  The […]

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Cassius Turvey funeral: hundreds mourn slain teenager and celebrate his life

Hundreds of close friends and family have gathered to farewell and celebrate the life of Cassius Turvey at the 15-year-old Noongar-Yamatji boy’s funeral. Key points: Cassius Turvey was farewelled at a funeral service in Perth Hundreds gathered to mourn him and celebrate his life in person and online He died after allegedly being attacked walking home […]

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Andrew Forrest pledges $744 million towards rebuilding Ukraine, aims to attract investors

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest has committed $US500 million ($744 million) towards a multi-billion dollar fund to help rebuild Ukraine. Key points: The fund is expected to swell to more than US$100 billion It will enable Ukraine to start rebuilding immediately after the conflict Mr Forrest said backing Ukraine was “sending a message to the world” […]

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WA nurses set to reject government pay offer as statewide strike looms

The McGowan government’s in-principle pay agreement with nurses and midwives appears all but sunk, with their union now describing it as insulting, and threatening a statewide one-day strike. Key points: ANF chief Mark Olson had said he would urge nurses to accept the latest offer But nurses are furious about an offer they say is insulting […]

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