NAPLAN integrity in question with Federal criticism over WA results

Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan, has dismissed calls to scrap NAPLAN, urging opponents to stop blaming the test for a widespread lack of student progress and instead learn from jurisdictions that have shown improvement. However, he has also criticised Western Australian’s decision to only use the highest NAPLAN scores, and wrote to Minister Ellery expressing…

Expert Warns Poor Broadband Means WA Faces More Risks On Cyber Security

WA has the worst broadband in the nation, with the highest proportion of underperforming services of any state in the country, according to an ACCC report “Measuring Broadband Australia”. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report Measuring Broadband Australia claimed Western Australians had been provided with a poor internet service, with many owning NBN50 or…

1988 State Cabinet Records released on WA Day

Over this Western Australia Day long weekend, the State Records office will release public State Cabinet records from 1988. Each year these records are released for public viewing, and online guides are available to assist in accessing these records. Culture and Arts Minister, David Templeman, said the annual guide to State Cabinet records provide an…

Federal Labor pledge to work towards WA interest

As WA relished in another Bill Shorten trip to the State with announcements aplenty, will all the election promises be enough to secure the swing votes Labor is expecting? The Opposition’s latest trip to Perth saw the Labor double decker red bus take to the streets, in between multiple announcements of youth job opportunities and…

School Children protest against Federal Climate Change inaction

School children around the country boycotted a school day to protest outside city Parliaments, demanding the Government takes much needed action against climate change, with a promising commitment to renewable energy. Hundreds of school kids gathered in front of parliament chanting and waving politically charged signs, and speaking up for future generations. 12-year-old speaker, Bella…

Overseas Investment Meetings To Help WA’s Budget Saving Measures

Briefings between State and Overseas investors are set to take place next week, with the Ben Wyatt, State Treasurer, visiting Europe and North America for meetings with potential and current investors. The State’s prospective borrowing program will be discussed, as part of the Government’s commitment to budget repair and long term economic prospects. Total borrowings…

Qantas Discounts Regional Airfares

Qantas has announced it will be discounting domestic flights for the residents of six regional towns in Western Australia to Perth. Effective from November 2017, residents from Broome, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland and Newman will receive a discount of between 10-30 per cent on flights to Perth.  Those who purchase higher fares will be…

Catalonia Regional Government to Hold Independence Referendum

Catalonia’s regional government has announced that it intends to hold an independence referendum on October 1st, in order to split from Spain. This is part of an ongoing debate Catalonia has been having with Madrid, with Catalonia having been pushing for independence for years. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont said that the regional government had been…