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GST carve-up mess makes a diabolical political challenge even tougher

GST carve-up mess makes a diabolical political challenge even tougher

Bernard Keane October 10, 2017

The government is in terrible trouble in Queensland and Western Australia. So you'll never guess who would be one of the biggest losers from a reallocation of the GST to the west ...

WA MPs told us how they spend their $80k electorate allowance

WA MPs told us how they spend their $80k electorate allowance

Charlie Lewis September 26, 2017 1 Comment

MPs in WA get an allowance of nearly $80,000 every year and don't have to declare what they do with a cent of it. Crikey asked around and even the people who answered didn't really tell us where the extra cash went.

WAxit might be laughable, but the implications for Turnbull are no joke

WAxit might be laughable, but the implications for Turnbull are no joke

William Bowe September 4, 2017 11 Comments

The establishment of a party committee to consider ways to pursue "financial independence" is obviously not to be taken seriously. However, WA's GST complaints should be.

When a problem comes along, you must WAxit: a history of WA’s attempts to secede

When a problem comes along, you must WAxit: a history of WA’s attempts to secede

Charlie Lewis September 1, 2017 13 Comments

The motion put forward by the Brand division of the WA Liberal Party to examine the possibility of WA pursuing secession is just the latest example in a long history.

Money for nothing: WA MPs given an annual $80k unreported, unaudited slush fund

Money for nothing: WA MPs given an annual $80k unreported, unaudited slush fund

Charlie Lewis September 1, 2017 11 Comments

Western Australian MPs are given $78,000 in addition to their salaries to spend as an "electorate allowance". They do not have to report what they spend it on, nor do they have to pay it back if they don't use it all for legitimate purposes. And the honour system works so well for pollies ...

A brief history of Twiggy Forrest’s obsession with cashless welfare

A brief history of Twiggy Forrest’s obsession with cashless welfare

Sally Whyte August 17, 2017 16 Comments

How exactly did a mining magnate come to spearhead the program to shift indigenous Australians onto cashless welfare?

Rundle: Twiggy’s Tarzan antics and the problem of the white saviour

Rundle: Twiggy’s Tarzan antics and the problem of the white saviour

Guy Rundle August 14, 2017 17 Comments

Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest's fixation with the cashless welfare card is more about him playing modern Tarzan than what is good for indigenous communities.

Poll Bludger: who will replace Scott Ludlam?

Poll Bludger: who will replace Scott Ludlam?

William Bowe July 17, 2017 11 Comments

A hitherto obscure and low-order candidate has been thrust into the spotlight: Jordon Steele-John, a 22-year-old disability advocate with cerebral palsy.

Greens shock: Scott Ludlam resigns over NZ citizenship

Greens shock: Scott Ludlam resigns over NZ citizenship

Bernard Keane July 14, 2017 11 Comments

In a shock announcement, the Greens' Scott Ludlam has resigned after learning he remained a NZ citizen.

Incarceration of speech: denying the right to protest in Australia

Incarceration of speech: denying the right to protest in Australia

Charlie Lewis May 10, 2017 3 Comments

Bob Brown is challenging the constitutional validity of Tasmania's protest laws -- a subject the guardians of free speech in parliament and the media have had little say about.