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Ex-Victorian bureaucrat who oversaw ill-fated hotel quarantine program to chair review of WA health system

Ex-Victorian bureaucrat who oversaw ill-fated hotel quarantine program to chair review of WA health system

The former boss of Victoria’s health department, who resigned amid an inquiry into the state’s bungled hotel quarantine system, will be on a panel reviewing the governance of WA’s health system.

  • by Peter de Kruijff

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Former staffer urges Deputy Premier to ‘come clean’ on leave forms after legal blow

Former staffer urges Deputy Premier to ‘come clean’ on leave forms after legal blow

The PSAB decision was a blow to her case, but Sanja Spasojevic is now calling on Roger Cook to appear during her appeal voluntarily to ensure it was ‘fair and just’.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Smoking out the rats: WA forensic auditors uncover potential public sector corruption

Smoking out the rats: WA forensic auditors uncover potential public sector corruption

Established within the auditor general’s office in March 2020, the team of 13 finance and fraud experts are already deep diving into four potential occurrences of corruption in the public sector, as revealed by the first report into their activities.

  • by Hamish Hastie
WA records one new COVID-19 case as vaccine mandate deadline looms

WA records one new COVID-19 case as vaccine mandate deadline looms

Health authorities said the new case was linked to a recent case and is in hotel quarantine.

  • by Hamish Hastie
WA Labor party pulls in record $12m in revenue

WA Labor party pulls in record $12m in revenue

Annual political party disclosures paint the picture of who was paying to play in the WA political scene in 2020-21 with some large individual donors coming out of the woodwork for a big election year.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
Events organisers and nightclubs offered grant lifeline after New Year’s cancellations

Events organisers and nightclubs offered grant lifeline after New Year’s cancellations

The government is offering a $30 million grant scheme after the event industry claimed the shutting down of music festivals has resulted in a loss of more than $26.5 million as a result of 250 events being cancelled.

  • by Hamish Hastie
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Year in review: Mark McGowan and the upper house chamber of ‘total control’

Year in review: Mark McGowan and the upper house chamber of ‘total control’

A brief look back at some of the stories and at times lighter moments from West Australian state politics in 2021. There was lots of bad stuff too.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
How Shell lost control of its $24b Prelude floating gas factory
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How Shell lost control of its $24b Prelude floating gas factory

With almost every system on Australia’s most complex offshore facility out of action workers scrambled to restart power that everything depended on.

  • by Peter Milne
Roger Cook’s ‘hospital pass’ to rookie minister in cabinet reshuffle

Roger Cook’s ‘hospital pass’ to rookie minister in cabinet reshuffle

Amber-Jade Sanderson will need to be fleet-footed not to get flattened by the looming border opening on February 5 and a strained hospital system.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
Cook loses health for tourism in cabinet shake up

Cook loses health for tourism in cabinet shake up

Left faction power broker and current Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson will take on health and mental health duties with her environment portfolios heading to former Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Public sector to get 2.5 per cent wages bump as WA prepares to let COVID in

Public sector to get 2.5 per cent wages bump as WA prepares to let COVID in

WA Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan has given his mid-year budget review address. He said the state could offer the increase because its financial position was stronger than it had been in decades.

  • by Hamish Hastie