We’re for fear­less commentary

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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

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