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Crown resignations, COVID jabs and childcare in crisis

Pressure mounts on Crown Perth’s chair to resign, why the first COVID jabs were behind closed doors and the childcare industry’s urgent plea.

Here are five must-read articles from The West Australian this afternoon.

Pressure mounts as Crown Perth chair refuses to quit

Harold Mitchell has resigned from the Crown Resorts board, heaping pressure on John Poynton to follow suit as the only director still resisting the NSW gambling regulator’s call to step aside.

Victorian-based Mr Mitchell tendered his resignation to Crown executive chair Helen Coonan this afternoon after succumbing to a demand he fall on his sword from the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority.

That leaves Mr Poynton as the sole holdout among directors targeted for departure by ILGA chairman Phillip Crawford, who has warned Crown will not receive a licence to run its Sydney casino until he is satisfied “renewal” of the board is complete.

Read the full story here.

Why WA’s first COVID jabs given behind closed doors

Carrying out the first COVID-19 vaccinations in WA behind closed doors was a missed opportunity, according to Premier Mark McGowan, who said the occasion could have been used to send a “good public message”.

Quarantine hotel nurses Antonia Garza and Keita Winks became the first West Australians to get the Pfizer jab at the Hyatt Regency early this morning but — unlike in other States and Territories — media were barred from attending and broadcasting the historic moment live.

Mr McGowan said that was a decision by the WA Health Department — one he was powerless to overturn.

Read the full story here.

Desperate plea to stop kids missing out on childcare

The WA childcare industry is at crisis point, with warnings children could miss out on daycare places due to a dire shortage of educators.

The industry is calling on the major parties to commit to a raft of measures to address staff shortages and other issues, including “the unchecked saturation of early learning services” in parts of WA.

Read the full story here.

Guilty verdict for man who murdered mate with shotgun

A man who was captured on CCTV shooting his friend at point blank range — but claimed he didn’t pull the trigger, saying the gun misfired — has been found guilty of murder.

Luke Phillip James Shuttlewood also claimed he did not mean to hurt David Ralston telling the jury he mistakenly believed the shotgun shell he loaded into the weapon would not cause an injury.

However after five hours of deliberations, the jury rejected the 40-year-old’s claims.

Read the full story here.

Labor’s plan to capitalise on early voters

Mark McGowan is openly urging West Australians to head to pre-poll booths from Wednesday as Labor launches a sophisticated digital campaign to dominate the shift to early voting this election.

Since Saturday, Mr McGowan’s Facebook page has paid for 10 advertisements targeted at marginal seat battlegrounds that explain how people can vote before election day.

Despite last week likening Facebook to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over its ban on Australian news, Mr McGowan’s page has spent up to $3800 with the social media giant since last Thursday.

Read the full story here.

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