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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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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.
SBS - Published

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.
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WA Liberal senator urges Newstart increase

Liberal senator Dean Smith has broken ranks with the federal government to call for an increase in Newstart.
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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.
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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".
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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.
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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.
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WA reaches royalties deal with BHP

The West Australian government has reached a settlement with BHP over underpaid mining royalites.
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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.
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Severe weather to hit WA

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Western Australia's southwest on Saturday.
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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.
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Vaccination push as WA flu deaths surge

Influenza vaccination programs are being stepped up in Western Australia after a spike in fatalities.
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Royal Commission hears maggots found on aged in care

An aged care royal commission hearing in Western Australia's Kimberley region has heard maggots were found on two elderly people in care in Broome.
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Flu deaths in WA almost double in one week

The number of flu deaths in Western Australia for the year-to-date has jumped to 29, up from 15 last week.
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Maggots found on aged in care: hearing

An aged care royal commission hearing in Western Australia's Kimberley region has heard primary health services in remote areas are failing the elderly.
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Malcolm Roberts returns to Senate for One Nation, as SA, WA and Queensland teams finalised

Voters in South Australia and Western Australia have returned mostly the same line-ups to the Senate at the 18 May federal election.
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Primary health fails aged in remote areas

An aged care royal commission hearing in Western Australia's Kimberley region has heard primary health services in remote areas are failing the elderly.
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SA, WA and Qld Senate teams are finalised

Voters in South Australia and Western Australia have returned mostly the same line-ups to the Senate at the May 18 federal election.
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New plan to tackle elder abuse in WA

A state-first strategy to address the "growing scourge" of elder abuse in Western Australia will be developed with the help of roundtable discussions.
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Legal helpline for elder abuse victims

Seniors who may have been abused can now get better access to legal advice in Western Australia under a new agreement with Legal Aid and Advocare.
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Harvey rules out Western Power sale

New West Australian Liberal leader Liza Harvey has killed off the party's policy to part-privatise Western Power, saying it was "for a particular time".
SBS - Published

Wyatt questions Harvey's economic skills

Liza Harvey has killed off WA Liberal party policy to part-privatise Western Power, leaving Treasurer Ben Wyatt asking how she'll pay for her promises.
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Wage rise for WA's lowest-paid workers

The minimum wage in Western Australia is going up 2.75 per cent to $746.90 per week, the state's Industrial Relations Commission has announced.
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Harvey promises new WA Liberal direction

Liza Harvey has promised a new style of leadership for the Liberal opposition in Western Australia after becoming the first woman to hold the role.
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Body of Indian sailor found in WA waters

The body of an Indian sailor who fell off a bulk ore carrier anchored off Port Hedland in Western Australia has been found.
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Indian sailor falls off bulk carrier in WA

An Indian sailor has gone missing from a bulk ore carrier anchored in waters off Western Australia's Pilbara coast.
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Harvey proud as first female WA Lib leader

Liza Harvey has been elected unopposed as leader of the Liberal party in Western Australia and Bill Marmion has been chosen as her deputy.
SBS - Published

Liza Harvey elected new WA Liberal leader

Liza Harvey has been elected unopposed as leader of the Liberal party in Western Australia and Bill Marmion is her deputy.
SBS - Published

New WA Liberal leader is Liza Harvey

Liza Harvey has been elected unopposed as leader of the Liberal party in Western Australia and Bill Marmion is her deputy.
SBS - Published

WA Liberals will meet to elect new leader

Mike Nahan has stepped down as West Australian opposition leader, saying he had always planned to review his position halfway through his current term.
SBS - Published

Nahan steps down as WA opposition leader

Mike Nahan has stepped down as West Australian opposition leader, saying he had always planned to review his position halfway through his current term.
SBS - Published

Nahan denies WA Liberal leadership 'deal'

The WA Liberal party denies Mike Nahan will quit as opposition leader, but the premier says the public deserves to know about any deal with deputy Liza Harvey.
SBS - Published

WA One Nation state MP quits party

A One Nation MP in Western Australia has told state parliament he is quitting the party and will instead sit as an independent.
SBS - Published

WA flu season 'most severe on record'

Western Australia's health minister says the state is suffering its most severe flu season on record with 15 deaths and 5777 infections so far this year.
SBS - Published

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