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Mark McGowan's hot and humid pork barrelling bush tour
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Mark McGowan's hot and humid pork barrelling bush tour

Mark McGowan has undertaken a $368.3 million regional spending blitz with an eye on taking control of the upper house while Zak Kirkup tries to minimise himself as a target.

  • by Peter de Kruijff

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One tool to rule them all: The WA state election 2021 promise tracker

One tool to rule them all: The WA state election 2021 promise tracker

The new year has only just begun, but the COVID-safe elbow bumps with voters and pork-barrelling have been building up for months.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Guaranteed cheap flights to regional centres could attract more city dwellers to go bush

Guaranteed cheap flights to regional centres could attract more city dwellers to go bush

A $19.8 million plan to subsidise regional flights in WA could see more West Australians who move to the regions, stay in the regions.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
The strongest man in the west
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The strongest man in the west

As one enemy falls, a new one can always be created with Mark McGowan reinvigorating old fights over GST and continuing to poke New South Wales over its COVID-19 measures.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
WA Liberals pick multibillion-dollar budget fight with traditional allies

WA Liberals pick multibillion-dollar budget fight with traditional allies

The Liberal and National parties are at odds again over the running of the Royalties for Regions program and a potential $2.8 billion hole in the state budget.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
Clive Palmer 'won't spend a single dollar' on WA election, blasts Kirkup over leadership

Clive Palmer 'won't spend a single dollar' on WA election, blasts Kirkup over leadership

Queensland billionaire Clive Palmer has pledged not to spend one dollar on the upcoming WA election whilst launching an extraordinary spray aimed at opposition leader Zak Kirkup. 

  • by Peter de Kruijff
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Palmer still suing McGowan for defamation, but offers to withdraw contempt of court case

Palmer still suing McGowan for defamation, but offers to withdraw contempt of court case

A media adviser for Clive Palmer clarified on Monday the matter of the Premier defaming the mining billionaire had not been withdrawn.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Fear and COVID on the WA campaign trail
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WA election

Fear and COVID on the WA campaign trail

About $344.5 million of election commitments have been thrown around in the first week of January as West Australians wake up to 2021 to find the politicians hitting the hustings.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
Canberra politician fined $1000 for breaching WA border rules after trip to NSW horse races

Canberra politician fined $1000 for breaching WA border rules after trip to NSW horse races

Australian Capital Territory MP Mark Parton 'unwittingly' breached Western Australia's travel restrictions by briefly visiting New South Wales prior to flying west on a holiday.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
Free travel with sunshine state remains as WA seeks more details about Brisbane COVID case

Free travel with sunshine state remains as WA seeks more details about Brisbane COVID case

WA Premier Mark McGowan said on Thursday morning he had not been advised of any community spread in Queensland but would seek new advice.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Alcohol abusers snookered by banned drinkers registers across Kimberley, Pilbara and NT

Alcohol abusers snookered by banned drinkers registers across Kimberley, Pilbara and NT

The introduction of a banned drinkers register in the Kimberley will bring the region in line with the Pilbara and Northern Territory.

  • by Peter de Kruijff