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Gareth Parker is a WAtoday columnist and the host of 6PR's Breakfast program.

Lest we question: WA’s Premier hides behind COVID health advice as Anzac events falter under red tape
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Lest we question: WA’s Premier hides behind COVID health advice as Anzac events falter under red tape

Do we dare to question if we are ‘the envy of the world’ when our COVID-free life still shuts out some of our most sacred and meaningful rituals?

  • by Gareth Parker

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There is never zero risk, so why do we treat COVID-19 so differently?
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There is never zero risk, so why do we treat COVID-19 so differently?

It has been an increasingly disorienting experience to watch our national reaction to the pandemic and how we treat COVID-19 risk so differently to risk in literally every other area not just of public health but of human endeavour.

  • by Gareth Parker
Cook praises WA’s health system, but doctors and nurses tell of ‘fatigued, worn out’ staff
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Cook praises WA’s health system, but doctors and nurses tell of ‘fatigued, worn out’ staff

After the tragic death of seven-year-old Aishwarya a dire picture of understaffed emergency departments with stressed personnel that “has been sprinting for years” emerges.

  • by Gareth Parker
Cash splash for WA on the cards as Scott Morrison will try to combat mental secession
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Cash splash for WA on the cards as Scott Morrison will try to combat mental secession

The Prime Minister will visit the state on April 14 after vacating the western third of the continent when the politics of borders became too difficult, with a relentless, election-focused Mark McGowan prepared to throw national interest unity out in the name of party political advantage.

  • by Gareth Parker
With no incentive to do better, bad behaviour keeps festering in the dark corridors of power
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With no incentive to do better, bad behaviour keeps festering in the dark corridors of power

Political parties are hardwired to avoid contention and controversy, it is in their DNA. Bad news is to be buried and covered up and the key to get ahead is to get on.

  • by Gareth Parker
‘Total control’ paves way for McGowan to tinker with the rules of WA democracy
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‘Total control’ paves way for McGowan to tinker with the rules of WA democracy

One of my favourite political idioms is posed as a question: “Will the turkeys vote for Christmas?” Time will tell if McGowan is preparing a Christmas feast.

  • by Gareth Parker
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Mark McGowan rules supreme after seismic election win for finely oiled political machine
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Mark McGowan rules supreme after seismic election win for finely oiled political machine

He has won the biggest victory in West Australian political history. He has reduced the Liberal Party to a non-entity. From its charred ruins the shell-shocked survivors wonder where to begin the rebuild.

  • by Gareth Parker
Labor keeps Swanbourne apartment block plans quiet until after election
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Labor keeps Swanbourne apartment block plans quiet until after election

WAtoday understands Labor is keen to avoid another controversy about its closeness to property developers ahead of Saturday’s election, refusing to confirm plans for the multi-storey development.

  • by Hamish Hastie and Gareth Parker
Looming election wipe-out the final turn in WA Liberals’ long downwards spiral

Looming election wipe-out the final turn in WA Liberals’ long downwards spiral

Just eight short years ago it was the richest, strongest, most powerful division in the Liberal Party, with the nation’s most popular premier. How did it come to this for the WA Liberals?

  • by Gareth Parker
Perception rules all: Christian Porter’s political career is over
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Perception rules all: Christian Porter’s political career is over

Australia’s presumption of innocence means Mr Porter will not tried or convicted. But he surely will not continue as Attorney-General; or for much longer as MP.

  • by Gareth Parker
As election looms, WA Premier Mark McGowan closes in on the civil liberties he once defended
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As election looms, WA Premier Mark McGowan closes in on the civil liberties he once defended

Vying for another term in government, WA Premier Mark McGowan’s tune has changed considerably since he called the ‘stop-and-search’ laws of the Barnett government “quasi-fascist”.

  • by Gareth Parker