It’s been a week of game-changing developments.
After months of stress and heartache, St Patrick's Day fire victims finally got some good news with insurance companies short-circuiting the often drawn-out and painful compensation process by offering settlements without legal costs. This came after repeated calls for a better solution than the legally-expensive and emotionally-draining court battles.
Did the race for the state seat of South West Coast take a game-changing twist as the campaign enters its final week? Sitting member Roma Britnell, who is seeking a second term, copped a barrage of criticism after she followed her party’s line and talked down Victoria’s renewable energy target. That created a storm in Portland because Keppel Prince, one of the region’s biggest employers, has been a major winner under the government’s renewables target. Its workforce is growing as a result of increased wind farm developments. The developments mean in this policy area voters have a clear choice between those who have made renewable energy a reality and those who prefer coal and climate change conspiracy theories.
The other game-changer is women’s sport. Significant work to create elite competitions and pathways to those is having a big impact on girls in the south-west. The excitement was captured in this feature. While the road to gender equality remains long, sport is taking positive steps.
Here’s some of my favourite reads from the week.