WA councillor fights back against social media gag

This is a story of one man’s mission to speak out about how his local government operates in Western Australia. Michael Southwell is a Walkley Award winning former reporter for this newspaper who left 15 years ago to go into his family’s business. He won Australia’s top print journalism award …

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Bid to save homestead that helps troubled kids

Pippa Fyfe was nine years old and “didn’t want to be around any more” when she was first driven up the gravel driveway lined with white gums to Homestead For Youth. The now 11-year-old, from Mandurah, has mental health issues and has previously attempted to take her own life. Her …

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Paddock-to-plate eatery Ficus is a ‘class act’

It’s an unusual arrangement. A young restaurateur, Paul Vanderplancke, teams up with a farmers’ market (which is also an investor) to create a restaurant which boasts about its paddock-to-plate authenticity. Ficus at Yagan Square is the latest opening in this bustling, diverse restaurant precinct in the crook of the Horseshoe …

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Ministerial rift on action over climate

A meeting of Federal and State Environment Ministers ended in acrimony on Friday, amid allegations Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price refused to allow planning for concrete action on climate change onto the agenda for future meetings. Ms Price met State Environment ministers in Canberra yesterday, ahead of her attendance at …

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Medicare help to treat eating disorders

Australians with severe eating disorders will for the first time have access to a comprehensive treatment plan under Medicare. “It is $110 million investment but above all else it is about providing the services for each person when they need it, where they need it for the first time on …

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Liverpool go prime, Man City lose at Chelsea

Liverpool have hit top spot in the English Premier League as a Mohamed Salah hat-trick inspired them to a 4-0 win at Bournemouth, while champions Manchester City lost their unbeaten league record in a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. Salah took his Premier League goal tally to 10 this season as …

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