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WA ambulance situation ‘so critical’ paramedics want action now: union

WA ambulance situation ‘so critical’ paramedics want action now: union

A parliamentary inquiry recommends the government take over the ambulance contract from St John in five years’ time if performance indicators aren’t met.

  • by Hamish Hastie and Holly Thompson

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Second Perth person died after ambulance delay on Sunday

Second Perth person died after ambulance delay on Sunday

A Bellevue man, aged in his 80s, called triple-zero complaining of debilitating abdominal pain at 8.15am. He was triaged as a priority three, which means paramedics must arrive within an hour. They arrived about two hours later.

  • by Jerrie Demasi and Heather McNeill
WA drivers offered $3500 electric vehicle rebate on one hand, taxes on the other

WA drivers offered $3500 electric vehicle rebate on one hand, taxes on the other

Electric and hydrogen owners will be taxed 2.5 cents per kilometre from 2027 and plug-in hybrid owners will have to pay 2 cents, with the rate to be tied to rises in the consumer price index.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
‘Very arrogant’: McGowan will extend state of emergency powers to January

‘Very arrogant’: McGowan will extend state of emergency powers to January

“This is an unbelievable abuse of power by this government,” Opposition Leader Mia Davies said as WA’s daily case number hit 12,390.

  • by Hamish Hastie
WA’s ‘personal responsibility’ era dawns, but workplace vaccine mandate here to stay – for now

WA’s ‘personal responsibility’ era dawns, but workplace vaccine mandate here to stay – for now

McGowan told 6PR’s Gareth Parker the workplace mandate would remain in place to increase the booster rate, but he refused to identify a date or threshold for when they would be abandoned.

  • by Hamish Hastie
WA’s major projects to be fast-tracked, ‘bypass community’ under new plan

WA’s major projects to be fast-tracked, ‘bypass community’ under new plan

There are fears a move to put decision-making on big developments in the hands of a planning body modelled off a COVID-19 stimulus measure could diminish community input.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
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Sixth level crossing removal won’t make Armadale line closure take longer : Saffioti

Sixth level crossing removal won’t make Armadale line closure take longer : Saffioti

Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese and Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced a $175 million 50/50 state and federal commitment to remove the William Street level crossing in Beckenham if Labor win the federal election.

  • by Hamish Hastie
After Aishwarya, Perth Children’s Hospital was meant to be on the mend. But Sunny’s story shows there is still a lot to be done.

After Aishwarya, Perth Children’s Hospital was meant to be on the mend. But Sunny’s story shows there is still a lot to be done.

A Perth mother has revealed how a nurse pointed to a poster advertising Aishwarya’s CARE call service, and told her she should “exhaust all other options” before using it. Then when she finally did call, she was told she’d come through to the “after hours” line.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Bullsbrook facility risks becoming white elephant if government finds no use for it

Bullsbrook facility risks becoming white elephant if government finds no use for it

WA Premier Mark McGowan said his government was working through options for what the facility could be used for.

  • by Hamish Hastie
McGowan wants a business case before $750m Perth cancer care centre gets green light

McGowan wants a business case before $750m Perth cancer care centre gets green light

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Western Australia on the weekend to announce a $375 million budget commitment to build the centre at the QEII medical centre campus.

  • by Hamish Hastie