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Environmental and Aboriginal heritage concerns halt $40m Midland bridge works

Environmental and Aboriginal heritage concerns halt $40m Midland bridge works

Construction of a bridge creating a southern gateway to Midland has been put on hold while an alternative design that avoids wetlands and heritage sites is contemplated.

  • by Peter de Kruijff

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Media, family barred from Roger Cook staffer’s examination in high-profile hearing

Media, family barred from Roger Cook staffer’s examination in high-profile hearing

The decision to close the session by WA Industrial Relations Commissioner Rachel Cosentino came as a shock to the families and the government’s own Senior Counsel.

  • by Hamish Hastie
WA government sets 80 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030 for state operations

WA government sets 80 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030 for state operations

The heavy lifting in reductions will be done by closing coal-fired power stations and moving Water Corporation assets to renewable energy sources.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
The story of Australia’s first hijab-wearing Muslim senator – and why she’s looking forward to meeting Pauline Hanson

The story of Australia’s first hijab-wearing Muslim senator – and why she’s looking forward to meeting Pauline Hanson

Afghanistan-born Fatima Payman is both the youngest and the newest member of the Senate, but someone stole her thunder as the first in the chamber with Muslim headwear.

  • by Hamish Hastie
McGowan’s ‘gold standard transparency’ promise is becoming a punchline

McGowan’s ‘gold standard transparency’ promise is becoming a punchline

It seems like WA Auditor-General Caroline Spencer is on a one-woman mission to force some accountability on the McGowan government.

  • by Gareth Parker
WA government waited six months before revealing $121 million Metronet cost blowout

WA government waited six months before revealing $121 million Metronet cost blowout

In a budget estimates hearing on Tuesday, it was revealed a new deal worth $327 million with Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia was signed on December 22 last year.

  • by Hamish Hastie
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Perth councillor moves for greater power to block new homeless shelters

Perth councillor moves for greater power to block new homeless shelters

A City of Perth councillor has submitted a motion to this month’s meeting that could mean anyone trying to open a community centre would face another level of scrutiny.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
McGowan snuffs out WA legalised cannabis plan

McGowan snuffs out WA legalised cannabis plan

The Legalise Cannabis WA party has proposed allowing West Australians to possess 50 grams of marijuana and households to grow four plants.

  • by Michael Ramsey
Nearly half West Australians looking for new jobs, abandoning the ‘9 to 5’

Nearly half West Australians looking for new jobs, abandoning the ‘9 to 5’

The survey results come amid record low unemployment in WA, which hit a record low of 2.9 per cent in April.

  • by Hamish Hastie
WA’s challenge to keep the lights on with more solar and less coal

WA’s challenge to keep the lights on with more solar and less coal

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s annual review of the power system serving WA’s populous south-west predicted a need for new generation from 2025 and more than 300 megawatts by 2031.

  • by Peter Milne
Archaic WA rule that cops don’t even follow blocks special bicycle orders for NDIS claims
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Archaic WA rule that cops don’t even follow blocks special bicycle orders for NDIS claims

The width restriction is mostly unknown and rarely adhered to by cyclists and retailers but the regulations means the NDIS does not cover special bicycles needed by claimants.

  • by Hamish Hastie