Sibling support key to election win

Samantha and Cassie Rowe grew up together, door-knocked alongside one another and will soon sit in the same Parliament after a 12.7 per cent swing turned the seat of Belmont red. Newly elected Labor MP Cassie became the third MP in her family at the weekend, following in the footsteps of older sister Samantha, who has represented the East Metropolitan ...

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Liberals ‘didn’t have guts’

It was only a matter of weeks before the election, but WA Labor campaign strategists had not dismissed the possibility of an eleventh-hour Liberal Party leadership switch. “We had a plan with ‘leader A’ and a plan with ‘leader B’ in place,” Labor’s campaign director Patrick Gorman revealed yesterday. Speaking publicly for the first time about the campaign which reduced ...

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Inquiry into poor morale at hospital

The board that oversees Princess Margaret Hospital has ordered a review into complaints by staff that poor morale and management are jeopardising patient safety. The Child and Adolescent Health Service sent an email to staff yesterday after a forum last Friday to address widespread concerns at the ageing hospital. PMH should have closed more than a year ago but has ...

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Nick Ut, the photographer behind the famous ‘Napalm Girl’ image, retires

It would seem all but impossible to sum up one of the most distinguished careers in photojournalism in only four words, but that’s just what Nick Ut does when he says, “From hell to Hollywood.” And the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, who is retiring this month after 51 years with The Associated Press, has the pictures to prove it, the most ...

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Bashed Perth party host Ryan Ball out of coma

A Perth man is out of an induced coma in a positive sign two weeks after being bashed and critically injured by a teenager who gatecrashed a party he was hosting at this home. Ryan Ball, 38, was hosting a school ball after-party for his friends’ children on February 26, and was critically injured trying to get rid of gatecrashers ...

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Biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945 looms in drought-stricken Africa

Ahmed Haji turns from his visibly dehydrated animals and whispers: “I am lost.” Trying to flee the worsening drought, he trekked thousands of kilometers with a herd that once numbered 1,200. But hundreds perished during the arduous trip to Puntland, in northern Somalia, in search of greener pasture. The land here dried up not long after he arrived, leaving his ...

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Perth to run Good Friday races but not everyone’s happy

Australia’s oldest active jockey Danny Miller is against a bold move to introduce Good Friday racing at Ascot next month and says he will boycott the meeting. Perth Racing has broken with tradition and will become Australia’s first city race club to conduct a thoroughbred meeting on Good Friday. Racing and Wagering WA announced yesterday the $200,000 WA Sires’ Produce ...

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Family of woman found dead in submerged car in Bunbury mourn second tragedy in three years

Michelle Welhan’s body was found in a submerged car in Bunbury.Picture: Picture: Facebook Friends and family of a mother whose body was found in a submerged car in Bunbury port are dealing with their second tragedy in less than three years. Michelle Annette Welhan, known to friends as Shelley, died after her black Ford Fairmont crashed into the water and ...

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Labor on track to win 41 seats after landslide WA Election result

Labor remains on track to win 41 seats in WA’s 59-seat parliament after Saturday’s landslide election win. Seven seats are in the balance including those of Liberal leadership hopeful Joe Francis, who must win his Jandakot seat first, and Nationals leader Brendon Grylls in Pilbara. Pauline Hanson’s One Nation looks like it will get a second upper house seat despite ...

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Changing gear

The story of Top Gear has had more twists and created more whining than the BBC motoring show’s famous Dunsfold Aerodrome test track in recent years. Matt LeBlanc, best known for playing dimwitted ladies’ man Joey Tribbiani in Friends, was the star name brought in to present the show with Chris Evans 12 months ago after the sacking of Jeremy ...

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