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Senior health officials raised concerns about SafeWA data breach long before election

Senior health officials raised concerns about SafeWA data breach long before election

Department of Health acting director general James Williamson made repeated attempts to raise his concerns about police accessing sign-in data from more than 2400 people to solve crimes despite a pledge to keep information private.

  • by Peter de Kruijff

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McGowan dismisses Stokes’ royal commission connections as ‘media war’

McGowan dismisses Stokes’ royal commission connections as ‘media war’

WA Premier Mark McGowan admitted he knew the lead commissioner overseeing the Perth Casino Royal Commission and local billionaire Kerry Stokes were friends, but didn’t see any issue.

  • by Hamish Hastie
‘Shot across the bow’: WA imposes new COVID-19 entry rules for international ships

‘Shot across the bow’: WA imposes new COVID-19 entry rules for international ships

Premier Mark McGowan announced a swag of new rules on Friday afternoon for ships coming from designated high-risk countries.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
Aishwarya’s parents ready to ‘climb a mountain’ to stop further hospital deaths

Aishwarya’s parents ready to ‘climb a mountain’ to stop further hospital deaths

Aswath Chavittupara is focused on the couple’s goal to effect real and lasting change at Perth Children’s Hospital and the broader health system.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Fiona Stanley Hospital staff in isolation after WA COVID-19 breach

Fiona Stanley Hospital staff in isolation after WA COVID-19 breach

The breach is the third time this year that the transfer of patients from ships in WA ports to hospitals has resulted in hospital staff having to isolate.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Zak from the dead? Former Liberal leader considers Subiaco Mayor tilt

Zak from the dead? Former Liberal leader considers Subiaco Mayor tilt

One-time opposition leader Zak Kirkup did not rule out using a council platform to position himself into a blue ribbon seat ahead of the next state election in a radio interview about his local government prospects.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
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McGowan says no to sending jabs east while blasting NSW’s ‘half-baked’ lockdown

McGowan says no to sending jabs east while blasting NSW’s ‘half-baked’ lockdown

When asked whether he would consider offering some of WA’s share of Pfizer doses to NSW, Mr McGowan shared the same view of his Victorian counterpart Daniel Andrews that the government would not be sending any jabs.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Why WA is missing its chance to stop Perth’s urban sprawl

Why WA is missing its chance to stop Perth’s urban sprawl

Perth’s biggest problem is its lack of infill of existing land - targets the McGowan government directly counteracted through its own policies - an independent infrastructure advisory body says.

  • by Hamish Hastie
‘Red flags’ hang over WA’s controversial private sector pitches

‘Red flags’ hang over WA’s controversial private sector pitches

A leading government transparency advocacy group says there are a number of issues with WA’s market-led proposals policy.

  • by Hamish Hastie
WA could move the needle as federal election amid pandemic looms

WA could move the needle as federal election amid pandemic looms

Maybe this coming election is the one where an oft-made but-dashed prediction turns true: that Western Australia matters to the outcome.

  • by Gareth Parker
Sex-scandal WA MP’s laptop that could ‘ruin careers’ remains under wraps – for now

Sex-scandal WA MP’s laptop that could ‘ruin careers’ remains under wraps – for now

The decision to release explosive material contained on a laptop of a former Liberal politician – and what of that material is privileged – lies with the Parliament, a Perth court has decided.

  • by Hamish Hastie