When Ken Wyatt says Australia Day should remain on January 26, it makes you wonder if there is as much push back to the current date as the vocal critics will have you believe, writes Basil Zempilas.
If we don’t want people breaking the law we have to dish out meaningful punishments when they do and we catch them.
The grand final drew the biggest crowds in Perth in years with the streets and pubs buzzing – but as we come down from the massive high, the question is, what’s next?
With the AFL grand final Perth enraptured the nation, now we must set our sights higher and go for something that attracts nations across the world — the Commonwealth Games
We demonstrated to everyone, including ourselves, what we’re capable of. So let’s use the grand final momentum and go after the next big event.
The AFL grand final will cap off a wonderful festival of footy as WA threw itself into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host the event. But there’s been a bit of apprehension these past few days.
We are custodians of this great game, but long after the cup has gone, our enhanced reputation as respectful stewards when the nation needed us, will remain.
Perth wanted an AFL grand final parade and we’ve got it.
Why are young people who are too young to drink jumping on the train and heading into the city on a Friday and Saturday night? Some responsibility has to start at home.
We did it, the grand final is coming to Perth. Now it’s on the people of Western Australia to do one thing to make sure the honour bestowed upon us is worthy.
A once-in-a-lifetime event which comes to town and for generations lives as part of the story of our city and our State.
The situation in NSW is heartbreaking and shattering — not just for NSW but for the psyche of the whole country. So it’s not a time for point-scoring or directing the blame.
You don’t often get a second chance, especially when it comes to rare opportunities. But that’s exactly what it’s looking like for Perth and this year’s AFL grand final, writes Basil Zempilas.
Our Australian athletes have put in an incredible amount of spine-tingling performances across almost two weeks of competition. These are my favourite 10.
It’s not for me to give the Prime Minister advice but I might anyway . . .
Our vaccination rollout has not been good enough and Australians are entitled to feel a country as progressive as ours should have done much better.
To hear our PM and Premier offer vastly different vaccine advice was disappointing and confusing. Politicians have acknowledged Australians have done their bit. We need them to do theirs — together.
Are we forgiving, naive or do we just not care enough to do anything about it?
And if the Police Commissioner says accessing the data helps him solve a serious crime, what difference if they know I went to the movies, the footy or out for dinner?
We’ve made our point, it’s now time to let three-year-old Tharnicaa and her sister Kopika stay in Australia permanently.
The response from footy fans to support the Dreamtime match has been stunning. It shows how much respect there is for this State’s proud heritage of producing champion Aboriginal footballers.
Local Government Minister John Carey says he is excited to join the new ‘Brand Perth’ forum as one of six new recruits to join the brainstorming session convened by Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas.
Whatever small hardship we’ve experienced during this pandemic, it’s nothing compared with what our Victorian brothers and sisters have had to endure.
The 1834 Pinjarra massacre is a sorry chapter in the story of WA. But it happened. And if we cannot erase history the next best we can do is learn from it.
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