Barnett backs Labor mayor

Former Liberal WA premier Colin Barnett supported a Labor-affiliated candidate for Subiaco mayor at a fundraising event this week. Mr Barnett was one of about 50 people who each paid $30 for a sundowner in Shenton Park to kick off Penny Taylor’s mayoral bid. “I met Penny at the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Burswood Convention Centre earlier this month,” Mr Barnett said. “I think she’s a great candidate for Subiaco.” Ms Taylor, a Shenton Park mining executive who served on Port Hedland council, said Mr Barnett’s support was fantastic.

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A mainstream Subiaco church will ask God to put a stamp of approval on Yes votes in the marriage equality postal survey. On Sunday, the Father Peter Manuel will bless ballot envelopes at a special Yes Mass at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Barker Road. “Bring your postal survey to church and pray for God’s blessing as you post it off,” Father Manuel said. “Here is a chance to celebrate your faith and celebrate the place of LGBTQI-plus people in the life of our church and community.” Members of the church community – who include LGBTQI people – will take part in the service, which may be a first for WA, if not Australia.

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