Australia’s road out of the pandemic has descended into political acrimony and confusion, as Scott Morrison pushes back against the attempt by some states to stay largely COVID-free.
With Mark McGowan’s government set to control both house houses of parliament, there will be questions of accountability. For the Liberals, there will be questions of relevance.
The WA Liberals’ near wipe-out includes the seat of Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup.
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Ahead of the state election on March 13, WA’s premier is enjoying a huge poll lead. He is so popular, a voter even got a tattoo of McGowan’s face.
One analyst describes Labor’s lead in WA as “scarcely possible”, while new focus on sexual assault at Parliament House has not had an impact on the latest federal Newspoll.
If Clive Palmer pursues his claim against the Western Australian government in the High Court, and wins, he’s still got a big legal hurdle to overcome.
New research shows WA Premier Mark McGowan has been rated highest in terms of leadership for the greater good, while Victorian leader Dan Andrews has surprisingly held steady through the second wave.
The national cabinet, created to impose maximum unity on Australia’s response to COVID, has formally fractured.
The legislation designed to stop Palmer claiming huge damages against WA raises a host of questions.
Both those pressing for states to re-open borders, and defenders of their resistance to doing so, will look for arguments to support their cases in Saturday’s Northern Territory election results. Chief…
By trying to circumvent the courts, the government is undermining both the rule of law and separation of powers. There is also collateral damage to the rule of law.
Victoria has been declared a ‘state of disaster’.
The blowback from closing borders will be considerable the Queensland premier, but will be a lot less politically dangerous than if she were seen to fail to do everything possible to protect Queenslanders’ health.
Scott Morrison has repeatedly and vociferously championed keeping state borders open…
Former navy lawyer Mark McGowan is set to become the new premier of Western Australia.
The long-running and unpopular Barnett government has been ousted, ushering in a new Labor government led by former navy lawyer Mark McGowan.
The paradox of Pauline Hanson’s campaign is that she is greeted as a celebrity on the streets, while members of her party have been turning on her bitterly.
Saturday’s Western Australian election will be decided overwhelmingly on state factors but its outcome will rumble into Canberra.
The end of the mining boom has hit many people in Western Australia hard, and this has flowed strongly into the election. Debt and deficit are besetting the state budget.
Western Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan on the campaign trail.
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In the lead up to the state election, Western Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan said WA has the highest unemployment rate in Australia. Is that correct?
The odds are against Colin Barnett still being WA premier after March 11.
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With a once-booming economy faltering and many fearing for their jobs, Western Australians seem primed for a change of government on March 11.
West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan said West Australia has the “worst rate of methamphetamine usage in the country”.
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West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan’s responded to The Conversation’s request for sources and comment regarding our FactCheck on methamphetamine usage rates in Western Australia.