Strangled by deficit, drowning in debt — but what can the new WA Government do?

Strangled by deficit, drowning in debt — but what can the new WA Government do?

Posted April 06, 2017 09:25:52 The McGowan Government has four months to find a way of walking a fiscal razor’s edge as it tries to repair a budget strangled by deficit and drowning in a rising tide of state debt. After years of condemning the “chaos and dysfunction” of the Barnett government for wrecking the state’s finances, Labor’s landslide election victory last month landed those same critics at the Cabinet table with the task of solving the problems they so successfully exploited in Opposition. The Government will make a start…

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What's ahead of the blind date with global ramifications

What's ahead of the blind date with global ramifications

President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping meet for the first time Thursday and will seek to forge a connection and to stabilize the world’s most important diplomatic relationship, despite a gulf between them in experience, temperament and global outlook. Both have a long way to come to meet in the middle. Xi, though more prone to depart from his talking points than his predecessor Hu Jintao, spent decades navigating treacherous Communist Party politics, and speaks in the formal diction of Chinese statesmanship, where words and linguistic formulae for…

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Beatles reveal Sgt Pepper 50th plans

Beatles reveal Sgt Pepper 50th plans

IT was 50 years ago on June 1 the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band began to play and The Beatles have finally revealed their golden anniversary plans for the album which changed popular culture forever. The treasure trove of new editions planned for release on May 26 are a trainspotter’s nirvana. “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a…

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Opinion: Trump and Xi have a lot in common

Opinion: Trump and Xi have a lot in common

They also share a Zodiac sign. Trump’s birthday is June 14 and Xi’s is June 15, making them Geminis, or “twins.” So what twinning might we see in the leadership constellation when the two leaders meet later this week in Mar-a-Lago, and perhaps in the years to come? Mistrust of the media: When they meet in a casual setting in Florida, both men can perhaps strike up a conversation about “fake news” on the internet and how they feel it affects them and their countries. Given Trump’s position, we are…

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