AM briefing: Pindan director shares regrets, McGowan and PM on same side of border, WA’s jab fears overblown
Pindan Group’s Australian directors have expressed regret over the collapse of the 44-year-old building and property company but are hopeful parts of the business will continue to operate.
In a joint email sent to Pindan’s 280 staff after yesterday’s appointment of administrators, managing director Scott Davison and executive director Tony Gerber said the decision to call in insolvency experts from accounting and consulting firm EY “was the toughest we have ever made”.
“This action was taken as we no longer have the confidence that the companies could continue to trade and meet their debts and obligations as they fell due,” Mr Davison and Mr Gerber said.
McGowan and Morrison now on same side of border battle
Mark McGowan says growing COVID-19 outbreaks overseas shows there “is so much the world still doesn’t know about this killer virus”, as he backed Scott Morrison’s refusal to set a date for reopening Australia’s border.
After clashing last year over WA’s hard border, the Premier and Prime Minister are suddenly on a unity ticket in the face of mounting pressure from business leaders to commit to a plan to resume international travel.
Flight Centre boss Graham Turner defended Virgin Australia boss Jayne Hrdlicka after she was condemned for arguing the country needed to accept more risk to reopen the border, even though some people “may die”.
Bad blood boils over in Mt Magnet community
Lost jobs, hostile council meetings, a community member locked out of council property and hurt feelings — a stoush between a group of residents and the local council has become a powder keg in a small Murchison town.
At one end of the Mt Magnet spat is a group led by a former councillor and a former library officer, who claim the council lacks accountability.
On the other end, the local Shire CEO and president say the complaints are unwarranted and those complaining are vexatious and wasting time that should be spent advocating for improving the town.
Why WA’s jab fears are overblown
Only 0.42 per cent of the 302,000 West Australians vaccinated against COVID-19 over the past three months have experienced an adverse reaction, new figures show.
WA Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson said this was in line with expectations and side effects were generally short term and mild.
“What we’ve found with both vaccines is that they have generally been mild adverse events. It seems to be more on the second dose of the Pfizer and, interestingly, more on the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. That’s been found around the world,” Dr Robertson said.
Two PCH nurses now face Aishwarya investigation
The Perth Children’s Hospital emergency department nurses who saw Aishwarya Aswath before she died are set to have their conduct investigated by a medical watchdog.
Australian Nursing Federation State secretary Mark Olson said two nurses had received notification that a referral would be made to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority.
It’s understood the report would be submitted by senior managers at the Child and Adolescent Health Service, which runs the hospital.
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