The state government has selected Department of Health executive Rebecca Brown as the new director general of its industry and tourism mega department – making her the third woman picked this year to head a major government agency.
Two frontbenchers have reportedly offered their resignations to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this afternoon, adding to that of former Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, after Mr Turnbull held off
a leadership challenge this morning.
The state government has foreshadowed a new graduate visa scheme to attract international students to WA but has no plans to reverse earlier policy decisions that have contributed to a plunge in the state's share of foreign students coming to Australia.
State government reforms that liberalise the rules governing permanent licensed premises but tighten up on pop-up venues come into effect this weekend, as new data shows 114 licensed premises have opened in Western Australia this year.
States and territories have signed up to the federal government's proposed National Energy Guarantee today, and it will have a big impact on Western Australian industry despite the state not being part of the National Electricity Market.