Malaysians the new force in WA tourism

Nearly one million people from overseas visited WA last year — a record fuelled by tens of thousands of new tourists from Malaysia, the United States, Singapore and China. Figures to be released today show the number of international visitors to WA jumped more than 100,000 — or 12.4 per cent — last year to 954,000 people. It was the ...

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Break Roe 8 promise, Labor urged

The Federal Liberal Party is urging premier-elect Mark McGowan to ditch his promise to axe the Perth Freight Link, saying the weekend election proves there is support across the city’s southern suburbs for the project. Federal member for Tangney, Ben Morton, said yesterday he would welcome a backdown by the McGowan government on the $1.9 billion PFL. There are five ...

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Cage fighters eye Perth Arena title bout

Holly Holm’s defeat of Ronda Rousey drew a huge crowd in Melbourne.Picture: Picture: Getty Images The Ultimate Fighting Championship is giving serious consideration to bringing a title fight to Perth after Labor’s election win started a new chapter for mixed martial arts in WA. Premier-elect Mark McGowan will fulfil an election vow when he lifts the ban on the “cage” ...

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The rise and fall of a political king maker

Five days of balance-of-power negotiations in 2008 changed the fortunes of WA’s regions. They also etched the name of Brendon Grylls — king maker — on to the political landscape. Those talks allowed Mr Grylls to implement the $8 billion Royalties for Regions program, which redirects millions of dollars in royalties into a special fund quarantined for projects in country ...

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Libs eyed raid on party funds to match ad spend

A dejected Liberal support as the results rolled in. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper/The Sunday Times The WA Liberal Party was so short of election campaign funds that MPs floated the idea of raiding normally protected corporate holdings or even borrowing cash to fight against the onslaught of WA Labor and union advertising. WA Liberals State president Norman Moore confirmed that pleas ...

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Unused school pool is ludicrous, say parents

A $700,000 hydrotherapy pool installed at a southern suburbs public high school has hardly been used since it was finished nearly a year ago. The Education Department confirmed a 10m by 6m hydrotherapy pool for students with disabilities was completed at Byford Secondary College in June, but it said school staff did not have the training and accreditation to access ...

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Rockingham makes its mark as WA’s premier spot

Of all the words tossed around during the election campaign, there were four (five if you like to quibble) little nuggets from Mark McGowan that I happily still remember: “I’m a Rockingham dad”. Good on you, Mr Premier-elect, because I’m a Rockingham girl and it’s lovely that your landslide ascension to the State’s top office has thrown a bright light ...

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Friends, family mourn Mitchel Birkin, teen killed in Yarloop accident

A 19-year-old crane dogman has been killed on a construction site in the fire-ravaged town of Yarloop in what workmates believe was a freak accident. Family and friends of Mitchel Birkin yesterday paid tribute to him as a loving and hard-working young man as authorities began an inquiry into how a prefabricated wall panel collapsed on him on Monday. WorkSafe ...

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How to lose an election in 12 easy steps: deposed minister Joe Francis dumps on Liberal Party state election campaign

Dumped minister Joe Francis has delivered a scathing assessment of his colleagues and the Liberal Party as he considers life outside politics. Mr Francis has conceded his seat of Jandakot which was previously considered a Liberal stronghold. The West’s state political editor Gary Adshead has broken down the former Corrective Services minister’s blast, topic by topic: 1 COLIN BARNETT “I ...

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