AM briefing: China an ‘opportunity, not a threat’, grim reality of PCH emergency room, evictions on the rise

The West Australian

China’s newly appointed consul general in Perth says he believes the United States “will not go to war” with China over Taiwan.

In his first interview since arriving in Perth last month, Long Dingbin also urged Australia to view a “stronger” China as “an opportunity, not a threat”.

The West Australian sat down with Mr Long at his Perth residence last week as bilateral relations between Canberra and Beijing continued to sink to new lows.

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The full report into Aishwarya Aswath’s death has painted a picture of a dysfunctional Perth Children’s Hospital emergency department.
Camera IconThe full report into Aishwarya Aswath’s death has painted a picture of a dysfunctional Perth Children’s Hospital emergency department.

Secret report paints grim picture of PCH emergency department

The full report into Aishwarya Aswath’s death has painted a picture of a dysfunctional Perth Children’s Hospital emergency department, where repeated attempts by her frantic parents for help fell on deaf ears and patients are not always looked in the eye.

The confidential 29-page document, released by the seven-year-old’s grieving parents today, laid bare a “cascade” of mistakes made by the staff which contributed to the schoolgirl’s death from Strep A on April 3.

Revealing how medical staff repeatedly ignored vital clues, the explosive report details a minute-by-minute timeline of how things went tragically wrong over the course of 100 excruciating minutes for Aishwarya.

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Court applications to evict more than 460 families were lodged in the first month after WA’s rental moratorium ended as some landlords scrambled to cash in on the red-hot rental market.
Camera IconCourt applications to evict more than 460 families were lodged in the first month after WA’s rental moratorium ended as some landlords scrambled to cash in on the red-hot rental market.

Rental terminations skyrocket as WA moratorium ends

Court applications to evict more than 460 families were lodged in the first month after WA’s rental moratorium ended as some landlords scrambled to cash in on the red-hot rental market.

The 462 termination applications filed in April was nearly double the previous month and 28 per cent higher than the pre-pandemic average.

The spike comes after nearly a year during which landlords were barred from increasing rents and prevented from removing tenants except under extraordinary circumstances, such as for property damage or refusal to pay.

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Private schools’ market share has surged from 32.1 per cent to 32.5 per cent.
Camera IconPrivate schools’ market share has surged from 32.1 per cent to 32.5 per cent. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Why WA private schools are in the middle of an enrolment boom

New enrolments at WA private schools have increased at twice the rate as those in public schools in the past 12 months.

Latest student census data has revealed the overall number of children in private schools swelled to 154,154 — up by 4205 compared with the same time last year.

There were 319,574 students enrolled in public schools this year, an increase of just 2206 pupils.

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A man is wanted by police over anti-Semitic posters plastered along West Coast Highway.
Camera IconA man is wanted by police over anti-Semitic posters plastered along West Coast Highway. Credit: WA Police

Police probe anti-Semitic posters on West Coast Highway

A man is wanted by police over anti-Semitic posters plastered along West Coast Highway.

It is understood the posters — depicting racist imagery that is hostile towards Jewish people — were found in the Sorrento, Marmion and Watermans Bay areas on Monday.

Police launched an investigation after the discovery, and have released CCTV footage of a man who they believe can assist them with their investigation.

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