Australia calls for Hong Kong Police Independent Oversight

By Sarah Smit Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has issued a statement calling for independent oversight of Hong Kong’s police force, saying that Australia is “deeply concerned” by violence between police and citizens. The statement comes only days after the shooting of a pro-democracy protestor at point-blank range by police on Monday and urges that…

Multiple flash mobs mourn first official Hong Kong protest death

By Helene Fung A 22 year old Hong Kong University of Science and Technology computer science student, Tsz-lok Chow, became the first official casualty whose death maybe directly linked to confrontation between protesters and the local police. Mr Chow was seriously injured from falling from a car park’s third floor onto the second floor last…

Voluntary Assisted Dying Debate keeps lower house up all night

As the voluntary assisted dying debate continues in Parliament, members pulled an all nighted before wrapping up after 5am this morning. Only 50 clauses out of 184 were discussed in the 20 hour sitting that commenced at 9am yesterday morning. Premier Mark McGowan, hopes to get a vote on this legislation in both houses of…

A smart move to better protect WA small businesses and subcontractors

By Vesh Arumugam  Changes to the Small Business Development Corporation Act 1983 to boost the powers of the Small Business Commissioner were tabled in State Parliament today by Small Business Minister Paul Papalia. The Bill enables Commissioner to conduct random and targeted inquires, based on inter-agency intelligence and complaints from subcontractors. The reforms will underpin…

Bill Shorten promised bigger tax cuts in budget reply speech

Bill Shorten’s budget reply speech slammed the government over announcements made in the federal budget, and promised to deliver better commitments if elected next month. Mr Shorten said the same promises were made and broken, six years running, and still delivered the same Liberal budget… “The same void where an energy policy should be, the…