We’re for fearless commentary
They make you think, they entertain and they give you an insight into what’s going on behind the scenes. Our stable of strong voices and the most respected columnists in the State cut through the pollie waffle and the corporate spin. They are experts in their field and have years (if not decades) of experience analysing and dissecting the big issues affecting the State and the nation. Sometimes their viewpoints are provocative. Often their opinions are contentious. But they always have the courage to express their opinion and the will to bring the pompous, the self-important and the bulldust artists crashing back to earth. Australia’s best-read columnist, Andrew Bolt, wages a relentless battle against political correctness and calls out hypocrisy wherever he finds it. Paul Murray brings almost 50 years of journalism experience to his writing on State affairs. His twice-weekly columns explain the complexities of politics in an increasingly confusing and confused system. He goes behind the news to place issues in context and fleshes out facts which sometimes get lost in the heat of political battle. “I don’t shy away from being conservative in my political views. I haven’t always been. And I’ve always been happy to kick political heads if necessary,” he says. State Political Editor Gary Adshead shares with readers his clear-eyed observations of State politics from his front-row seat up at the House on the Hill. With his trademark wit, Adshead exposes the follies and foibles of our elected representatives. Just ask former Darling Range MP Barry Urban. His columns explain and elaborate on the biggest political stories of the week — which time and again he has broken on the front page of the newspaper. His counterpart in Canberra, Sarah Martin, keeps Federal MPs accountable with her incisive commentary on the main issues in the national capital. Veteran Canberra commentator Michelle Grattan brings decades of experience and meticulous attention to detail to her weekly column. And Mark Riley, Seven News political bureau chief, who writes exclusively for The West Australian every Saturday, delivers a deft and humorous touch to his analysis of the week’s developments in Canberra. Economics editor Shane Wright has seen so many Federal and State treasurers come and go that he can spot the flying pigs on Budget day from miles away. He keeps you up-to-date on the economic trends affecting the nation. Closer to home, personal finance expert Nick Bruining brings you independent, easy-to-understand and, most importantly, shonk-free advice to help you better care for your nest egg and keep your own household budget on track. At The West Australian, we don’t just bring you the big stories, we deliver the best analysis to help you make sense of it all. We’re for great opinion writing. We’re for fearless commentary.
Sarah Martin Federal Political Editor
Paul Murray Columnist