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A new marketing campaign will tout WA’s credentials as the ‘safest place on earth’.

WA to brand itself as ‘the safest place on earth’ ahead of welcoming back tourists, students

Tourism experts warn the campaign may be a difficult sell, given WA’s tough stance on quarantine and tendency to make snap decisions on interstate borders.

Former Freo candidate to throw hat in ring after Porter announces exit from federal politics

Christian Porter has announced he will leave Parliament at the next federal election.

Christian Porter will quit politics at the next federal election, and former Liberal candidate for the WA seat of Fremantle, Miquela Riley, is keen to have a tilt at Pearce.

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Why the next eight weeks are critical to WA’s COVID reopening plans

In those eight weeks, Western Australia is going to have to grapple with a seismic shift –  institutionally, intellectually, and emotionally.

Gareth Parker
Gareth Parker

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Protesters rally at WA Parliament as state hits first  vaccine deadline

Anti-mandate rally held at Parliament House in Perth on December 1.

From December 1, workers several sectors need to have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Bushfire warning for Wanneroo residents with possible threat to lives and homes

The watch and act warning is in place for south of Marangaroo Road and north of Beach Road in the eastern part of Koondoola and western part of Ballajura.

‘Fundamental flaws’: Former Rio boss takes aim at WA Aboriginal site laws

Former Rio Tinto chief executive and current Banjima Aboriginal Corporation board member Sam Walsh.

Former industry heavyweight Sam Walsh has joined a group of eminent Australians calling for the WA government to withdraw its Aboriginal cultural heritage bill.

Teen to plead guilty over Perth CBD attack that left soccer prodigy fighting for life

Danny Hodgson with his father Peter.

The 15-year-old boy accused of attacking soccer prodigy Danny Hodgson has indicated he will plead guilty.

Contents of WA MP’s laptop that could ‘ruin careers’ to be with CCC by end of the week

An inquiry into the electoral allowances of politicians will be able to resume with the end of a two-year legal and political fight that fractured the Labor government.

Man killed after residential workplace accident in Perth’s south

WorkSafe inspectors at the Medina site where a man was injured on Wednesday morning. He was pronounced dead at Rockingham Hospital soon after.

A man has died after a workplace accident in the southern Perth suburb of Medina after he was trapped by a bobcat on a residential block.

Cashed-up Liontown keen to capitalise on lithium craze

Tim Goyder’s Liontown Resources, with $450 million raised to develop its Kathleen Valley lithium mine in WA, must now deal with an ultra-competitive market for engineering contractors and labour.

‘I’ll throw you overboard’: Navy officer threatened bullied recruit, hearings told

Teri Bailey.

Teri Bailey enlisted aged 18 and killed herself on her 25th birthday after relentless bullying.

Coal use to peak in 2026 as renewables surge past forecasts

A new international report reveals an optimistic forecast for clean energy, but it poses a fresh challenge to a Labor party that is yet to reveal its climate policy.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and China’s President Xi Jinping.

Australia caught in an election trap as Beijing and  Washington do business

The US and Australia have made much of their united front on China’s economic coercion, but the truth is American exporters have been eating Australia’s lunch.

Inside the nightmares of Hollywood’s ‘mad god’ monster-maker

Mad God takes place in a despoiled landscape that combines elements of the past and future.

Phil Tippett has created creatures for movies from Star Wars to Jurassic Park. But his latest work, a terrifying trip into his subconscious, nearly broke him.

The Australian trip that bolstered McConaughey to reject deals worth millions

“[Being outdoors] gives our minds and our spirits room to let one memory catch up,” says Matthew McConaughey, pictured with the tent he’s co-designed with Melbourne-based camping company Homecamp.

The Oscar-winning actor once gambled his Hollywood career for better roles. Australia – and the outdoors – were the keys to enduring two years out of work.

‘Last dance’: Judgment day for Ashes stars, says Botham

Ian Botham says there is much on the line for the veterans in the Australian and England teams this summer.

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No jab, no job date arrives for FIFO, police but uncertainty remains over how many have refused jab

No jab, no job date arrives for FIFO, police but uncertainty remains over how many have refused jab

WA government departments and businesses have been scrambling to determine how many workers still refuse to get the vaccine as a new mandate came into force overnight.

Woodside to ‘vigorously defend’ second court challenge to $16b Scarborough project

Woodside needs to expand its Pluto LNG plant near Karratha to process gas from the Scarborough field.

The Conservation Council of WA has launched a second legal action against the Scarborough to Pluto LNG project adding to uncertainty about its construction a week after Woodside approved the $16 billion investment.

WA Police quietly lower fitness test for recruits

WA Police have lowered the minimum fitness standards required for new recruits, including the beep test.

The latest assessment requires candidates to be able to do one sit-up, 10 push-ups, carry a 35 kilogram bag 20 metres, grip 30 kilograms in each hand, complete an agility test, and record a beep test score of at least 6.1 for women, and 7.1 for men.

Police team behind Cleo rescue honoured at state reception in Perth

Police team behind Cleo rescue honoured at state reception in Perth

Cleo’s parents Ellie Smith and Jake Gliddon made the trip south for the state reception at Government House, where WA Premier Mark McGowan and Governor Kim Beazley  hosted the police team.

Money or politics? Cricket Australia’s Perth Ashes Test conundrum

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26:  A general view as cricket fans in the crowd of 88,172 enjoy the atmosphere on Boxing Day during day one of the Fourth Test Match in the 2017/18 Ashes series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) .

Mark McGowan’s closed border populism has left Cricket Australia with an age-old conundrum - loyalty to the game’s structure or hunger for revenue.

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The MCG is keen to host two Ashes Tests this summer.

MCG’s ‘undeniable’ commercial case for Perth’s Ashes Test

Melbourne has an “undeniable” case to host a fifth Ashes Test should calculations come down to money, Victoria’s Sports Minister says.

Wanderers defender Caitlin Cooper says the Matildas need leaders, not just youth.

Fears of lack of leadership and lost generation for Matildas

Some A-League Women players believe the Matildas need leaders, not just youth, in defence while a generation of players aren’t being given opportunities.

Peng Shuai at Wimbledon in 2018.

‘A terrible story’: Stosur says tennis hasn’t forgotten about Peng Shuai

Sam Stosur, back on court preparing for what could be her last Australian Open, expressed concern about Chinese star Peng Shuai, who is still cut off from the tennis world.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold.

‘Arnie, I can’t breathe’: How COVID made Graham Arnold a better coach

The Socceroos mentor has come in for heavy criticism lately, mostly from former teammate Mark Bosnich. In this exclusive interview, he opens up like never before.

Steph Chiocci.

Collingwood stalwart Chiocci makes new AFLW campaign about succession planning

AFLW Collingwood skipper Steph Chiocci has said it was a matter of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” when it came to her and Brianna Davey continuing their co-captaincy.

After starring in the Sheffield Shield, Jhye Richardson says he’s ready to take the next step.

Wing healed, Richardson ready to take off for Ashes

After a string of performances that showed he was a cut above his state peers, the West Australian speedster is ready to pounce on England should selectors pull the horses-for-courses rein for the first Test.

Young Bulldog Jamarra Ugle-Hagan.

Ugle-Hagan on the Bulldogs path I followed: Weightman

Cody Weightman says after being picked high in the draft and being pumped up for months, he expected to make an immediate impact. He knows now the road is different for everyone.

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