Western Australia July to December 2019
Australian Journal of Politics and History
School of Arts and Humanities
During the second half of 2019, the McGowan government maintained its focus on reducing state debt, whilst progressing issues that engendered wide public debate. The Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019, expected to come into effect in mid‐2021. Meanwhile, the Legislative Council became engrossed in a “turf war” over parliamentary privilege, referencing the centuries‐old Article 9 of the 1688 Bill of Rights. At issue was a Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) investigation into the possible misuse of electoral allowances, in particular the CCC’s access to thousands of documents contained on the laptop of a former member of parliament. Significant high level corruption emerged in some government departments, and at year’s end the state’s “trial of the century” began, with Bradley Robert Edwards standing accused of the Claremont murders of the 1990s.