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WA restrictions ease, but masks to remain in some situations

WA restrictions ease, but masks to remain in some situations

Masks will remain mandatory on public transport and at events or venues with more than 1000 people, WA Premier Mark McGowan announced on Thursday.

China suspends China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue indefinitely

Beijing has cut off all diplomatic contact with the Australian government under the communication channel.

China’s miscalculation on trade deal helps Biden rebuild the Western Front

“Boring”, says Cruz: US President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress to declare that America is back.

China’s response to European sanctions for its human rights violations has blown up a trade deal seven years in the making and pushed Europe closer to the US.

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The reality of WA’s rental market: more than 19,000 households in need but only one affordable home

Housing stress in WA has skyrocketed since the end of the rental evictions moratorium in March.

Since the moratorium on rental evictions wrapped up at the end of March, service providers have been inundated with calls for help every week.

Student’s warning after drink spiked with date rape drug at Perth house party

Shae Millington was drugged with GHB at a house party.

A Safety Bay teenager is warning others about the danger of date rape drugs after her drink was spiked at a house party in Doubleview.

ACCC set to block Qantas tie-up with Japan Airlines

The competition regulator intends to spike the proposed tie-up over concerns the partnership would lead to higher airfares and worse service for travellers.

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It locks away pollution 30 times faster than forest – and WA’s north is its hotspot. But what exactly is blue carbon?

A turtle on Ningaloo Reef.

Shy dugongs, sea turtles and ancient, rocky microbes are all found among our seagrasses and mangroves. Why are politicians interested in these ocean meadows now?

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Jarryd Hayne jailed for five years and nine months for sexual assault

The former NRL footballer assaulted a 26-year-old woman in her Newcastle home in September 2018 while his taxi waited outside.

Dockers set sail: Fremantle have begun a nomadic life on the road as the AFL juggles fixtures.

Nomad life begins for WA teams as Perth faces a month of no home AFL games

Freo has begun a stint on the road while West Coast is also preparing for an extended stay away from Perth as the AFL juggles the fixture.

After Bill and Melinda’s divorce, who gets the family mansion?

Bill and Melinda Gates’ mansion in Medina, Washington.

The details of the waterfront compound have been kept incredibly private by the Gates family — so much so that a tour of the property went for $45,000 at a charity auction.

What is ‘cheugy’? Only the latest Gen Z v Millennial tiff

The term is being used to describe people who are still following a trend long after it was cool. But we all have a little bit of cheug in us.

Donald Trump has been taken offline for repeated violoations of social media guidelines.

Cherished American right behind social media ban on Donald Trump

You can’t force a company to provide service to a jerk. That is the simple truth behind the Facebook and Insta ban on the former president.

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Western Australia

Aishwarya Aswath wanted to be a teacher and loved the news.

State government rejects new review into Aishwarya’s death

Premier Mark McGowan said the circumstances surrounding seven-year-old Aishwarya’s death were tragic but he would not support a new inquiry.

WA recycling plant staff to face court for keeping treasure found in trash

The cash was found at a conveyor belt at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre in Canning Vale.

Police were called to the Regional Resource Recovery Centre in Canning Vale on April 12 following reports staff had found one million dollars in cash among the recycling material.

No new community cases paves way for WA COVID restrictions to ease at weekend

Premier Mark McGowan gives an update on the Pan Pacific coronavirus cluster on May 5, 2021.

Western Australia has recorded no new community cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, setting the Perth and Peel regions up for restrictions to ease over the weekend.

South West to rest easy as Collie COVID-19 case confirmed to be historical

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the largest public expenditure since World War II. Former premiers and policy experts say a royal commission should be held into the federal and state response to the pandemic.

In a statement, WA Health said the man in his 30s who returned a very weak positive result was not considered a threat to the community health. 

Perth city foot traffic plummets, but experts don’t predict COVID will spell end of the CBD

The Perth city was relatively empty on Monday, 8th February 20201 as Perth workers arrive wearing masks.

Foot traffic in Perth’s CBD is still down by half this week after dropping by as much as 60 per cent since the city was plunged into lockdown.

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Dockers set sail: Fremantle have begun a nomadic life on the road as the AFL juggles fixtures.

Nomad life begins for WA teams as Perth faces a month without home AFL games

Fremantle has begun a nomadic stint on the road while West Coast is also preparing for an extended stay away from Perth as the AFL juggles the fixture to maximise the profits of its 18 clubs.

The COVID-19 case identified in Sydney on Wednesday has caused fixture disruption again for the AFL.

Sydney COVID-19 case may disrupt this weekend’s AFL fixture

There are doubts over at least two games and Geelong players are being tested after playing in Sydney.

Australian great Michael Hussey has tested positive for COVID-19. He was in India as a batting coach for the Chennai Super Kings franchise.

‘I am OK’: COVID-positive Hussey to remain in India

Though the cricket great’s symptoms were mild on Wednesday, there is anxiety among cricket figures that his condition could deteriorate in a country where the medical system has been swamped.

India media outlets report former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey has tested positive for COVID-19.

Maldives likely exit route for IPL Aussies

The Maldives is firming as the most likely exit route for the majority of Australian cricketers, commentators and coaches stranded in India.

To the victors go the spoils: Richmond celebrate victory in the 2020 grand final over the Cats.

Cats try to crack Tigers’ code ahead of grand final rematch

Coach Chris Scott has promised to try some different things against Richmond as they attempt to topple the reigning premiers for just the second time since 2017.

Nick Kyrgios is open about his feelings for the clay court surface.

‘Doesn’t see the joy’: McNamee saddened that Kyrgios has a disdain for clay

Ahead of the French Open this month, former doubles champion, Australian Paul McNamee, says it’s a shame Nick Kyrgios “doesn’t see the joy” of playing on clay.

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates maintains athletes will not be stranded in Japan.

Coates insists Olympic athletes should not fear being stranded in Tokyo

With Australians struggling to get home from India, AOC president John Coates has assured athletes they will get safe passage back from the Games.

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