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AM briefing: Zak Kirkup set to lose his seat, Barrister guilty of conspiring with a bikie and Power sells

Zak Kirkup is set to be the first WA Liberal Party leader in 88 years to lose his parliamentary seat, according to an exclusive poll for The West Australian ahead of the State election.

A Perth barrister has been found guilty of conspiring to get a drug dealer to change his statement so a former senior Rebels bikie, his ex-girlfriend and an associate could escape serious kidnap and torture charges.

Chair of the National COVID-19 Commission Neville Power puts his co-owned Cottesloe home on the market.

Fearing an all-out bike war after the second shooting in eight days, police took no chances by raiding three clubhouses across Perth yesterday, targeting the Rebels, Mongols and Hells Angels gangs.

And top-ranked WA school Perth Modern has had to call in external workplace consultants, Emergency Support Network, to conduct a confidential survey of teachers.

Here are the top five stories on The West Australian this morning.

Exclusive poll shows Zak Kirkup to be first WA Liberal leader in 88 years to lose seat

Zak Kirkup is set to be the first WA Liberal Party leader in 88 years to lose his parliamentary seat, according to an exclusive poll for The West Australian ahead of the State election.

The live telephone survey of Dawesville residents by respected pollster YouGov found Labor’s Lisa Munday would win with an astonishing 55 per cent of the primary vote.

It found primary support for Labor in the marginal electorate has surged 21.5 percentage points compared with the 2017 State election, when Mr Kirkup won with a margin of just 343 votes.

Read the full story here.

WA Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup is set to lose his seat.
Camera IconWA Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup is set to lose his seat. Credit: RICHARD WAINWRIGHT/AAPIMAGE

Senior Perth barrister guilty of conspiring with former bikie to escape torture charges

A Perth barrister has been found guilty of conspiring to get a drug dealer to change his statement so a former senior Rebels bikie, his ex-girlfriend and an associate could escape serious kidnap and torture charges.

For the past month Gary Rodgers has been on trial along with ex-Rebel Steven Wayne Taylor, his mother Christine Taylor and another man, Simon Curry, accused of being part of the criminal plot that stemmed from the attack on the drug dealer the year before.

In June 2017 the drug dealer was lured to an address in Ashfield where he was struck across the head, bundled into his own car and taken to a Bayswater warehouse where he was doused in petrol, set on fire and waterboarded over the course of 13 hours.

Read the full story here.

Senior barrister Gary Rodgers leaves court.
Camera IconSenior barrister Gary Rodgers leaves court. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

Neville Power puts co-owned Cottesloe home on the market

As his name would suggest, Neville Power has held a lot of sway over Australia.

The former FMG executive steered the iron ore miner through some near-death experiences to become the $50 billion giant it is today.

He has led the country’s recovery from coronavirus as the chair of the National COVID-19 Commission, and also heads the WA Museum and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

And while he did not get his way in relation to the hard borders — he described them as taking “a sledgehammer to squash an ant” — he has been praised for being level-headed and calm in a crisis.

Which is why when Power sells a property, the market takes notice.

Read the full story here.

Chairman of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission Neville Power speaks during a Senate inquiry at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
Camera IconChairman of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission Neville Power speaks during a Senate inquiry at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING Credit: AAPIMAGE

Police target Hells Angels, Rebels and Mongols strongholds raided

Fearing an all-out bike war after the second shooting in eight days, police took no chances by raiding three clubhouses across Perth yesterday, targeting the Rebels, Mongols and Hells Angels gangs.

The Port Kennedy home of Mongol Steven Bennie — a former Rebel who defected to the rival gang with other Roc City chapter members late last year —- was the latest drive-by shooting target.

Neighbours reported seeing about a dozen men in the street. It is understood they smashed up two cars and the front of the property before at least one shot was fired at the Sirius Place home about 2.50am on Thursday.

Read the full story.

WA Police raid the Hells Angels bikie club house in Inglewood.
Camera IconWA Police raid the Hells Angels bikie club house in Inglewood. Credit: WA Police

Perth Modern calls in workplace experts over recent ‘concerns’

Top-ranked WA school Perth Modern has had to call in external workplace consultants, Emergency Support Network, to conduct a confidential survey of teachers.

Specialising in improving employee wellbeing, ESN offers services such as investigating workplace complaints, conflict resolution and management support.

Read the full story here.

Perth Modern School.
Camera IconPerth Modern School. Credit: Supplied

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