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Western Australia: State in Australia
Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, and the Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east, and South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia's largest state, with a total land area of 2,529,875 square kilometres, and the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia's Sakha Republic. The state has about 2.6 million inhabitants – around 11 percent of the national total – of whom the vast majority live in the south-west corner, 79 per cent of the population living in the Perth area, leaving the remainder of the state sparsely populated.

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Liberal MP Andrew Hastie hits back at China, says he won't 'repent' for criticism

Western Australian MP Andrew Hastie says he will never apologise for criticising the Chinese Communist Party.
SBS - Published

How Western Australia can cut emissions to zero – and grow our economy

"As LNG demand begins to peak in Asia there would be a rising market for hydrogen and guess what? WA has all the technology, capacity and infrastructure."
The Age - Published

Videos for Western Australia


Australian women set skydiving record [Video]Australian women set skydiving record

Women's Skydiving team sets national record for a large multi-point formation

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'Pulling the country backward': WA government fails to imagine a future state

This is a once-only opportunity for the government to advance a vision that could see WA become the state that turned itself around.
The Age - Published

What happens to an Australian coal town as the country turns to renewable energy?

Coal industry workers facing jobs cuts in Western Australia are demanding the federal government takes action to secure a future for regional communities. It's going to be a long road ahead, those..
SBS - Published

Mobile phones banned at WA schools to 'create the best possible learning environment'

Students at public schools in Western Australia will not be allowed to use mobile phones, smart watches, ear buds and tablets during school hours from 2020.
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Mobile phones banned at WA public schools

Students at public schools in Western Australia will not be allowed to use mobile phones, smart watches, ear buds and tablets during school hours from 2020.
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'Act immediately': Fire threatening lives, homes in Western Australia's north

An emergency bushfire warning has been issued for people in Western Australia's north as firefighters battle a blaze that has burnt about 1500 hectares.
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Perth mother faces court after allegedly murdering her two daughters

"The WA police are doing all that they can to investigate this matter and try and identify what it is that led to these tragic events," WA Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel said on Saturday.
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Perth mum remains under police guard after two daughters, six and 10, found dead

Western Australian police are continuing to investigate the deaths of two sisters, aged 6 and 10, who were found dead in their home; a woman is in custody.
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Investigation continues after Perth mum arrested over daughters’ deaths

Western Australian police are continuing to investigate the deaths of two sisters, aged 6 and 10, who were found dead in their home; a woman is in custody.
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WA couple home after Iranian prison time

An Australian couple held in a notorious Iranian prison for months after flying a drone is relieved to be back on home soil.
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'Public health emergency' as five measles cases in Perth's south confirmed

Health authorities in Western Australia say there's been five confirmed cases of measles in Perth's south.
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NSW man extradited over WA sex assault

A man has been extradited from New South Wales over an alleged sexual assault in Western Australia in 1990.
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'An historic day': WA lower house passes assisted dying bill

Western Australia's Legislative Assembly has passed voluntary assisted-dying laws after extensive debate, with the bill now proceeding to the upper house.
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HIV experts fear 'spitting laws' being misused by police

About 100 people a year have been forced to be tested for HIV in Western Australia since so-called spitting laws were introduced four years ago.
SBS - Published

'Why didn’t they use a Taser?': Family of woman shot dead by police want answers

An Indigenous woman is dead after she was shot by a West Australian police officer who was called to a home in Geraldton.
SBS - Published

Indigenous woman shot dead by police in Geraldton, Western Australia

An Indigenous woman is dead after she was shot by a West Australian police officer who was called to a home in Geraldton.
SBS - Published

Australian bloggers arrested in Iran identified as WA couple Jolie King and Mark Firkin

Two British-Australian women and an Australian man have been detained by authorities in Iran.
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WA one step closer to voluntary euthanasia after bill clears lower house

Western Australia's lower house has passed proposed assisted dying laws.
SBS - Published

Free ride or fair play? State government walks fine climate line

The West Australian government’s latest emissions policy step provokes everything from cautious optimism to cynical suspicion in increasingly anxious spectators.
The Age - Published

WA revealed to have largest gender pay gap in Australia

The national average difference between what women and men get paid each week is 14 per cent, with WA leading the pack at 21.8 per cent, according to new data.
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WA elder portrait wins people's Archibald

David Darcy's striking portrait of West Australian Aboriginal elder Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward has won the 2019 Archibald Prize people's choice award.
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Western Australia government brings on assisted dying bill

The West Australian parliament is debating voluntary assisted dying legislation which has some differences to the Victorian model.
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Western smart drumlines rollout could dwarf costs of eastern states: Fisheries

A confidential ministerial briefing suggests that when it comes to rolling out smart drumlines, WA and New South Wales are chalk and cheese.
The Age - Published

WA Liberal event skips welcome to country acknowledgement

There was no welcome to country at this weekend's WA Liberal conference, with the leader saying it's not meaningful to 'tick a box' to be politically correct.
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Former WA premier Geoff Gallop appointed to drug reform think tank

Former West Australian premier Geoff Gallop says he will be "knocking on the door of governments" in his push for drug decriminalisation.
The Age - Published

WA Liberal senator urges Newstart increase

Liberal senator Dean Smith has broken ranks with the federal government to call for an increase in Newstart.
SBS - Published

Bedford murders: Life sentence for WA man who killed wife, children and mother-in-law

Perth father Anthony Harvey who murdered his three young children, wife and mother-in-law has been sentenced to life in prison with no hope of being released.
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More strong quakes off Western Australia's north coast

More strong earthquakes have struck off Western Australia's north coast after Sunday's magnitude 6.6, which was felt from Darwin to Perth.
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Western Australia struck by 6.5 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake of a magnitude of 6.5 has hit off the West Australian coast.
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Earthquake of 6.5 magnitude off WA coast

An earthquake of a magnitude of 6.5 has hit off the West Australian coast.
SBS - Published

BHP's long-term Pilbara plan gets the nod

The West Australian government has approved BHP's long-term plan for mining in the state's Pilbara region.
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WA's space industry gets fed funding boost

The Commonwealth has agreed to give Western Australia's space industry a $6 million funding boost to help it play a key role in the Australian Space Agency.
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One brothel left in historic WA district

Only one brothel remains in the historic red light district of West Australian gold mining town Kalgoorlie after The Red House shut its doors.
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Seven more people dead from flu in WA

Seven people died from a flu-related illness in Western Australia last week, taking the state's toll to 48 for the year so far.
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Indigenous artists from WA share artworks with wider community

The Ngaanyatjarra people from Western Australia have shared 185 of their artworks in an online portal.
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Fiery pharmacist prescription debate in WA

The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance says letting pharmacists issue repeat prescriptions will save consumers time and money, but doctors remain opposed.
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Tales of indigenous WWI veterans shared

The stories of dozens of indigenous World War I volunteers with links to Western Australia and those who weren't allowed to serve have been told in a new book.
SBS - Published

Parents mourn WA toddler dead from flu

A father of a two-year-old boy who died in a Perth hospital after falling ill with the flu says he feels helpless and like he's living a "constant nightmare".
SBS - Published

Five dead from flu in one week in WA

Five people have died from a flu-related illness in Western Australia last week, taking the state's toll to 41 for the year so far.
SBS - Published

Winter is coming for newly-named WA fly

A West Australian insect with a spiny crown that appears in winter has been named after an infamous Game of Thrones villain by a CSIRO entomologist.
SBS - Published

WA reaches royalties deal with BHP

The West Australian government has reached a settlement with BHP over underpaid mining royalites.
SBS - Published

Former WA Labor minister Kobelke dies

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has led tributes for former state Labor minister John Kobelke who has died aged 69.
SBS - Published

Severe weather to hit WA

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Western Australia's southwest on Saturday.
SBS - Published

Indigenous focus at WA aged care hearings

The aged care royal commission has wrapped up its first hearing outside a capital city, in WA's Kimberley region, where indigenous elders were the focus.
SBS - Published

Vaccination push as WA flu deaths surge

Influenza vaccination programs are being stepped up in Western Australia after a spike in fatalities.
SBS - Published

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