Clive Palmer hard border challenge a “distraction” to WA government

Clive Palmer’s High Court challenge forcing WA to soften its hard border stance has been a distraction to parliament, WA’s Treasurer has revealed. Ben Wyatt said the trial is side-tracking the government, but a possible retrial after the Federal Government’s withdrew from the challenge. Mr Palmer brought the challenge against the McGowan Government, claiming that…

Preference deal out between Harvey and Palmer for State election

The State Opposition has ruled out a deal with Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party at next year’s WA election. Liberal leader Liza Harvey has stated that there will “no preference deal with Clive Palmer”, claiming Mr Palmer did not connect with Western Australians. In a statement, she said that details about the election would be…

Failure to isolate drives Victorian outbreak higher.

A quarter of active COVID19 cases in Victoria are not properly quarantining as Premier Daniel Andrews reported 627 new cases overnight, bringing the state’s total cumulative cases to 10,577. Doorknocking work by the ADF found that one in four people are not isolating properly, with 130 of the 500 quarantine check visits yesterday ending without…

Victoria suffers horror day with 723 new COVID-19 cases

Victoria has been dealt a devastating blow to their coronavirus fight, with the state recording their biggest day in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed on Thursday Victoria recorded 723 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s total to almost 10,000. Victoria also had 13 more deaths from…

Florida man charged with using COVID-19 relief funds to buy sports car

A US man has been charged after using COVID-19 relief funds for personal gain, after he was caught using the funds to purchase a sports car. The Miami, Florida man had obtained US$3.9 million (AUD$5.4 million) in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans provided through the  Act enacted on March 29. 29-year-old David Hines was charged…

Queensland shuts out Greater Sydney following COVID-19 outbreak

Residents from Greater Sydney will be banned from entering Queensland from the weekend, the Queensland government has revealed. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced five million Sydneysiders will not be allowed into the state effective from 1am on Saturday, after adding Greater Sydney to the list of declared coronavirus hotspots. Greater Sydney includes 34 local government…

WA Business recovery and PPE production boosted with $10m funding

A new funding package will boost local WA businesses impacted by COVID-19 while increasing the supply of local made personal protective equipment (PPE), the McGowan Government has revealed. The government unveiled a $10 million package with funding across three rounds improve business recovery and personal safety equipment. The new rounds of funding will include the…

Changes in procurement of works contracts to boost WA economy

Changes will be brought in for the procurement of works contracts to make it easier for local businesses to work with government agencies, the McGowan Government has announced. The Department of Finance will introduce the changes to boost local businesses and the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. A coordinated response will allow agencies to purchase…