Politics & the Economy

Langoulant blasts GST strategy

OPINION: The former WA under treasurer urges Mark McGowan to tackle state spending and secure federal funding for key infrastructure projects.

Leading front on equity agenda

WA has the largest gender pay gap in the country, and Perth's top business leaders are determined to do something to change that.

GST share below expectations

New state Treasurer Ben Wyatt has labelled the latest recommended GST distribution "abysmal" and "a threat to the state's finances" after the Commonwealth Grants Commission recommended WA receive 34.4 per cent of its per capita share. 

WA regional travel down

Air travel from Perth to Broome and Perth to Karratha fell dramatically in January compared to the same month in 2016, according to the latest data by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

Foster moves into Premier & Cabinet

A former chief of staff to Premier Mark McGowan has been seconded to a senior role in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, triggering speculation he may become the next director general, putting him at the centre of government power.

City of Perth $500k audit 'waste': McGowan

Premier Mark McGowan has urged the controversy-plagued City of Perth to not waste money on a $500,000 audit of its entire operation as his government contemplates sacking the council.

Mining downturn adds to mortgage stress

Western Australia is driving a nationwide rise in Australians who are falling behind on home loan repayments, according to a report by ratings agency Standard & Poor's.

McGowan calls for PM 'backbone' on GST

Premier Mark McGowan has urged the prime minister to show some backbone and change the GST carve-up, saying agreement with all other state and territories is not necessary.

OECD calls on China to cut steel capacity

Almost 500,000 workers would need to be laid off in China's steel industry by 2020 to reduce excess capacity, according to a report released by the international Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development this week.  

Chevron boss warns against political threats

Chevron managing director of Australasia Nigel Hearne has confirmed a fourth LNG train at the Gorgon project won't be happening in the near term, while calling on governments not to buckle to calls for higher taxes and increased regulation that will reduce competitiveness of the industry.

Tinley loses mines portfolio

Premier Mark McGowan has been forced to reshuffle his cabinet just four days after his ministers were sworn in, with Labor state president Peter Tinley losing the mines and petroleum portfolio.

Nahan, Davies lead opposition parties

Mike Nahan has been voted in unopposed as leader of the WA Liberals after two-term premier Colin Barnett stepped down, while former sports and recreation minister Mia Davies has been voted in as leader of the WA Nationals.

Grylls’ courage not enough

OPINION: There is no denying that Brendon Grylls has left his mark on Western Australian politics.

WA Liberals will 'rebuild': Nahan

Former WA treasurer Mike Nahan says he will rebuild the Liberal Party after their crushing election defeat and plans to speak with former premier Colin Barnett about leaving parliament.

McGowan must convince Labor on GST: PM

The prime minister has challenged newly elected Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan to convince his fellow Labor leaders in other states to change the GST carve-up.

McGowan sworn in as premier

Western Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan has been sworn in as the state's 30th premier at Government House.

Council is operating better than ever: Scaffidi

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi claims there is a witch hunt going on, but insists the council is operating better than ever and a $500,000 audit should reassure ratepayers.

Sayonara from Colin?

ANALYSIS: If the actions of his predecessors are any guide, the Liberal Party will be looking for a candidate to replace former premier Colin Barnett in his seat of Cottesloe within months.

Wyatt gets energy plus treasury

Premier-elect Mark McGowan has given added responsibilities to incoming treasurer Ben Wyatt, while Rita Saffioti, Paul Papalia, Peter Tinley and Alannah MacTiernan have been given key economic portfolios.

Labor claims 41 seats in WA election

Labor has won a landslide 41 seats in the Western Australian election, while the Liberals and the Nationals fight it out for the last undecided seat.