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Western Australia is a state occupying the western 32.9 percent of the land area of Australia excluding external territories. 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 2,527,013 square kilometres (975,685 sq mi), and the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia's Sakha Republic. As of 2017, 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 percent of the population living in the Perth area, leaving the remainder of the state sparsely populated.
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Class action over Indigenous stolen wagesIndigenous workers who laboured in conditions "akin to slavery" have filed a class action against the WA government to recover their stolen wages.
Second coronavirus outbreak on ship off WA coast, as another six crew aboard bulk carrier test positiveWest Australian health authorities have confirmed another COVID-19 outbreak on a ship off the coast of Port Hedland, with seven of 20 crew catching the virus.
Second coronavirus outbreak on ship off Western Australian coastWest Australian health authorities have confirmed another COVID-19 outbreak on a ship off the coast of Port Hedland, with seven of 20 crew catching the virus.
Second COVID-19 outbreak off WA coastWest Australian health authorities have confirmed another COVID-19 outbreak on a ship off the coast of Port Hedland, with seven of 20 crew catching the virus.
The music of Western Australia's refugees and migrants is being championedSocial enterprise World Music Café celebrates the musical talents of refugees and migrants in Western Australia. Here, SBS News meets some of its participants.
Tasmania to reopen borders to 'low-risk' coronavirus states from end of the monthTravellers from South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory will be able to return to Tasmania from 26 October.
WA eases coronavirus rules for arrivals from Victoria, NSW as case numbers continue to fallPeople arriving in Western Australia from Victoria will no longer be required to enter COVID-19 hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Another eight coronavirus infections confirmed among crew members from bulk carrier off WA coastAnother eight COVID-19 cases have been reported among the crew of a bulk carrier anchored off Port Hedland in Western Australia.
Seven new virus cases on ship off WASeven crew members on board a ship anchored off Western Australia's northwest coast have tested positive to COVID-19.
Three new virus cases in Western AustraliaWestern Australia has recorded three new virus cases, including two on a ship from the Philippines anchored off the state's north-west coast.
Significant WA cultural heritage sites 'at risk' in planned Rio Tinto mine expansionMore than 120 cultural heritage sites could be destroyed in Western Australia's Pilbara region by a planned Rio Tinto expansion, a Senate inquiry has been told.
Significant WA heritage sites 'at risk'More than 120 cultural heritage sites could be destroyed in Western Australia's Pilbara region by a planned Rio Tinto expansion, a Senate inquiry has been told.
PM treating states like children: McGowanA federal government plan to increase the weekly cap on international arrivals by 2000 places has infuriated WA Premier Mark McGowan.
Western Australia's jails are 'damaging' for prisoners with disabilities, Human Rights Watch saysSixty per cent of prisoners that died in Western Australian prisons in the past decade had a disability, according to a new report.
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Unemployment in Australia has hit a 19-year high but regional areas are crying out for staffThe lack of workers means some businesses in Western Australia cannot capitalise on the booming local tourism industry.
WA travel restrictions stop Juukan hearingWestern Australia's coronavirus travel restrictions are set to block an on-country hearing by a committee examining Rio Tinto's destruction of ancient sites.
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Rio Tinto executives lose bonuses after destruction of ancient Aboriginal cavesRio Tinto has financially penalised its CEO after the group blew up and destroyed two ancient deep-time rock shelters in Western Australia.
Melbourne immigration detainee to be forcibly flown to WA after losing coronavirus court battleA 68-year-old Melbourne immigration detainee with underlying health issues is set to be forcibly moved to Western Australia after losing a court fight over COVID-19 fears.
A new suicide prevention taskforce will probe the management of at-risk prisoners in WAIt follows the suspected suicides of three inmates at WA facilities in the past month, two of whom were Indigenous Australians.
SA women 'breached quarantine in WA'Police allege two Adelaide women ordered to quarantine in Western Australia left a hotel and caught a taxi to a suburban unit block hours later.
Two women charged after allegedly breaching hotel coronavirus quarantine in PerthPolice allege two Adelaide women ordered to quarantine in Western Australia left a hotel and caught a taxi to a suburban unit block hours later.
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A 'pathetic charade for democracy': WA passes emergency laws in Clive Palmer sagaWestern Australia's battle with Clive Palmer is no closer to being resolved despite the state passing laws to head off a potential $30 billion damages claim.
Palmer v WA saga to drag on as laws passWestern Australia's battle with Clive Palmer is no closer to being resolved despite the state passing laws to head off a potential $30 billion damages claim.
Western Australia border restriction is 'a long way away' from being liftedWestern Australia's premier says easing of the state's border restrictions is at least months away as the number of cases in eastern states continues to grow.
Painting inspired by artist's late brother wins $50k prize at top Indigenous art awardsAustralia’s longest-standing Indigenous art exhibition has moved online this year, with Western Australian artist Ngarralja Tommy May taking out the top prize.
Tasmania abandons plan to reopen border to parts of mainland Australia this weekTasmania will not open its border to SA, WA and NT residents at the end of the week as planned, Premier Peter Gutwein has announced.
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WA prison union fears more major riotsAn attack on a guard in regional Western Australia has left the state's prison officers union fearing potential riots, amid restrictions on staff overtime.
‘A menace to Australia’: WA premier slams Clive Palmer after coronavirus 'beat up' remarkBillionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer has been lashed as selfish by Western Australia's premier after labelling the coronavirus pandemic a "beat-up".
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Tasmania to create 'safe travel bubble' with South Australia, Western Australia, Northern TerritoryVictoria, NSW, the ACT and Queensland are excluded from Tasmania's 'safe travel bubble'.
WA borders tighten to keep out VictoriansWestern Australia will tighten its hard border, denying entry to anyone who has been in Victoria recently, and has extended its state of emergency to 23 July.
WA is recovering well from coronavirus but the damage to its job market is already doneAfter recording the nation's highest unemployment rate in May, some industries in Western Australia are struggling to bounce back. But there are modest signs of improvement.
WA caps international arrivals to limit COVID-19 casesOnly 525 people will be allowed to fly into Western Australia from overseas per week in a bid to take pressure off hotel quarantine.
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