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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 BoweSep 4, 201711 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 LewisSep 1, 201713 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 LewisSep 1, 201711 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 WhyteAug 17, 201716 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 RundleAug 14, 201717 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 BoweJul 17, 201711 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 KeaneJul 14, 201711 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 LewisMay 10, 20173 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.

Poll Bludger: WA Libs’ downfall could eventually topple federal MPs

Poll Bludger: WA Libs’ downfall could eventually topple federal MPs

William BoweApr 13, 20174 Comments

Politics is a game of dominoes.

One Nation keeps WA party constitution a secret as former candidates fume

One Nation keeps WA party constitution a secret as former candidates fume

Tom RavlicMar 31, 20171 Comment

Crikey is aware that no member or candidate was provided with a copy of the constitution for the WA branch of One Nation upon joining the body, writes freelance journalist Tom Ravlic.