Sport Minister holds big fears over Ashes Test in WA

The Federal Sports Minister is worried WA’s strict quarantine requirements could mean the state misses out on the fifth Ashes Test. Picture: Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images By Alex Conrad NCA NewsWire, September 28, 2021 Western Australia could be set to miss out on the fifth Test of the upcoming Ashes series if its quarantine restrictions won’t be relaxed for the …

Steeled for iron ore fall budgetary blow

Iron ore has halved over the past few weeks from about $US220 a tonne to $US110 most recently. Patrick Commins Economics Reporter The Australian, September 27, 2021 The halving of the iron ore price in recent weeks is “huge budgetary news” for the commonwealth and Western Australia, economists say, with the collapse potentially undermining the Morrison government’s capacity to deliver …

Short courses assist busy workers who want relevant skills

University of Melbourne deputy vice-chancellor (academic) Professor Gregor Kennedy. Jill Rowbotham Hugher Education Writer The Australian, September 28, 2021 Almost two-thirds of Australian workers who would consider upgrading their skills believe that doing so in the next three years is vital to stay up to speed in their profession and remain employed. The top reasons for undertaking further study included …

Coronavirus: Mask refuseniks more likely to catch Covid-19: study

Londoners wear masks at the height of the pandemic. By Kat Lay The Times/The Australian, September 28, 2021 People who never wear face coverings in enclosed spaces are one and a half times more likely to test positive for coronavirus than those who use a mask. A report issued yesterday by the UK Office for National Statistics looked at the characteristics …

Coalition deal on net zero coming down the track

Barnaby Joyce’s linking of climate change and inland rail is a sign the Nationals are finally stepping aboard Australia’s carbon abatement challenge. Phillip Coorey Political editor Financial Review, Sep 23, 2021 At first blush, a 3.6 km-long freight train hauled by powerful diesel locomotives 1700 km between Melbourne and Brisbane would not be considered a poster-child for saving the planet. …

Why one in three Australians is going camping or on a caravan trip

Fiona Carruthers Travel editor Financial Review, Sep 24, 2021 Feeling the pinch of lockdown? Desperate for a holiday but worried about being back in crowded indoor spaces and on planes once the nation reopens? Join the renaissance of nostalgic travel with a good old-fashioned camping or caravan trip. One in three Australians can’t be wrong, after all. Adrian and Michelle …

McGowan Government’s State Budget surplus reaches record $5.8 billion

Peter Law The West Australian, 24 September 2021 Premier Mark McGowan. Credit: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian The WA Government’s mammoth Budget surplus last financial year has grown to $5.8 billion, making it the largest ever booked by any State government in Australia. The 2020-21 surplus was revised up by $213 million in a report released Treasury yesterday, two weeks after …

Concerns at Melaleuca Women’s Prison as Hakea male inmates jump fence and women find rat droppings in cereal

Briana Fiore The West Australian, 24 September 2021 The Melaleuca women’s prison in Canning Vale. Credit: Nic Ellis/The West Australian There are concerns for women inside Melaleuca prison following claims their breakfast cereal may have contained rat droppings and male prisoners from Hakea managed to jump over the fence. A report handed down in Parliament painted a grim picture of …

Paul Murray: Will McGowan ensure principles behind rewrite of WA’s electoral laws are applied in the Senate?

Paul Murray The West Australian, 25 September 2021 Premier Mark McGowan. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian Will all-powerful Premier Mark McGowan now ensure that the principles behind his government’s rewrite of WA’s electoral laws are applied to this State’s representation in the Senate? If he is an honest and principled politician, he will insist on such consistency. But maybe he’ll …