Think you know what I look like in real life? Think again. My name is Rangi Hirini, and I’m a filter-holic.
Russia has massed and fielded a huge army, in the bitter cold, chewing up fuel, rations and roubles.
WA and its residents worked hard for many years to shed the ‘Wait a while’ tag and to convince the rest of the nation (and the world) that we weren’t ‘Dullsville’.
‘Make no mistake, businesses accept that the health advice changed ... What we know is that businesses need greater transparency on decision-making.’
‘Across Australia there are 382 people in ICU with 139 requiring ventilation. In the context of WA, that would equate to 39 people in ICU beds and 14 on ventilation if WA had the same level of outbreak.’
Ash Barty is now just one match away from notching another grand slam title, this time on home soil.
If our First Australians tell us that the date causes them great pain, shouldn’t that be enough to change it?
Mark McGowan needs to stop suggesting the idea was to ‘let it rip’ when reopening the border on February 5. Every time he says that he loses more trust with the public with whom he broke the social contract.
Ever heard the phrase ‘casting pearls before swine’? No, me neither. I’m not alone, because 78 per cent of people aged between 18 and 50 questioned in a new survey didn’t know it either.
With 75 local cases since Sunday, catastrophising has passed its use-by date. Omicron won’t be eliminated and the focus should be on WA’s response, rather than commentary about the east coast.
Today we reveal how two simple questions expose how West Australians really feel about the current state of affairs regarding WA’s closed borders and the McGowan Government’s pandemic preparedness.
Like many families forced apart by COVID restrictions, we could see the light at the end of the tunnel and had a date to work with - but now feel utterly betrayed.
Beam me up, Scotty. I want beaming up Captain-Kirk style from this befuddling parallel universe I find myself inhabiting when I read and listen about the world, as others describe it.
Perth smashed its previous heatwave records last week after sweltering through six days in a row over 40C. While the heatwave was unprecedented and extreme, it’s not surprising.
With the benefit of hindsight and experience, there are some lessons I’ve learnt during the pandemic and have heard from many others on the east coast that I’d like to pass on to our west coast cousins.
In recent days Premier Mark McGowan has repeatedly said that his decision to backtrack on the planned re-opening of WA’s borders on February 5 had been very popular with the public.
WA has several key seats up for grabs but with the party leaders locked out for most of last year, the pitch for WA was to happen this year. Cue last week’s press conference.
The border issue was a two-way agreement - the public needed to get vaccination rates past 90 per cent, then the Government would open the border. Pretty simple agreement. Except one party has reneged.
Stuart Wesley is director of Oasis People & Culture
As we head towards Australia Day on January 26, it affords us an opportunity to remember that the privilege many of us enjoy today came at great cost to First Nations peoples.
Melissa Perry is the chief executive of Communicare
Writing for The West Australian, the president of the Federal Australian Medical Association says he was shocked by Mark McGowan’s decision to extend WA’s hard border - and tells us what needs to happen now.
Two facts became obvious on Sunday: that the virus is now spreading through the community and that West Australians have good reason to doubt whether enough has been done to get our health system up to scratch.
Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement on Thursday that the State’s border reopening was being called off indefinitely was a kick in the guts to so many people who had been counting on him to stick to his word.
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Body image issues have held me back my whole life. How I plan to break the cycle for my future children.
Labor must explain why it chose a tarnished Victorian bureaucrat to lead review into WA’s health system.
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