WA drug harm inquiry recommends health focus instead of criminal penalties

A parliamentary inquiry has called for a stronger health focus instead of criminal penalties to reduce harm from illicit drugs, to increase support for drug addicted Western Australians. The inquiry has recommended a shift from a criminal justice approach, with inquiry the parliamentary select committee stating that users should be able to receive support “rather…

Report calls for cultural change in City of Melville following inquiry

A report into allegations made against the City of Melville has revealed a need for cultural change in the council. The McGowan Government tabled a report in State Parliament on Thursday after an inquiry followed an unprecedented number of allegations were made against the City since 2014. The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural…

New individual suspension legislation for Local Governments

New legislation passed will now allow the Minister for Local Government to suspend or dismiss individual council members, as opposed to previously only being able to take action against an entire council. Council members who are failing to appropriately perform their duties and are affecting the local government’s ability to function effectively will face tougher…

Commissioners Appointed to City of Perth During Inquiry

Three commissioners have been appointed to run the City of Perth while investigations continue into the conduct of the City of Perth councillors. Retiring chairperson of the Western Australian Planning Commission Eric Lumsden, former executive director of Perth Education City Gaye McNath and retiring chief executive officer of the City of Rockingham Andrew Hammond were…

Trump Calls Comey a Liar, feels ‘vindicated”

U.S. President Donald Trump has called James Comey a liar, commenting on the former FBI Director’s testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He also claims that it clears his name in regards to colluding with Russia and trying to influence the investigation into Mike Flynn, the Trump administration’s former National Security Advisor. Mr…