Colin Barnett

MH17 victims remembered at Perth memorial service

Aleisha Orr It was a sombre mood at St Mary's Cathedral in Perth where hundreds gathered for a memorial held for the victims of the MH17 tragedy.

Federal reform to come in small steps, says Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Tony Abbott has admitted some audit commission recommendations aimed at reforming the federation, such as a plan to allow the bigger states to keep the tax revenue raised in their jurisdictions,...

Social media storm after WA cull claims first shark

shark

Opponents of the West Australian government's shark culling program have responded angrily to the first killing in the state's waters.

Christine Milne says Tony Abbott is ruling for Gina Rinehart and Rupert Murdoch

James Massola Greens leader Christine Milne says Prime Minister Tony Abbott is governing in the interests of mining magnates and media moguls and predicts he will be unable to manage an unruly Senate after July 1.

Kimberley Aborigines' fight for James Price point is now against WA's Premier

Walkers

Melissa Fyfe Before Australia's east coast had ever heard of James Price Point, even before the Broome township realised the high stakes, Goolarabooloo senior law man Phil Roe fought a guerilla-like battle...

Kimberley coast songlines at risk

Walkers on the 85km Lurujarri Heritage Trail by the Goolarabooloo community on the Dampier Peninsular north of Broome.

Melissa Fyfe The battle over the proposed gas plants near Broome has captured the hearts of musicians Missy Higgins and John Butler, and businessman Geoffrey Cousins.

'I love you guys ...': shark attack victim Zac Young's last words

Bull shark

Alexandra Smith, Manuel Mitternacht Grief-stricken teenagers have spoken of the moment their friend Zac Young was attacked by a tiger shark off NSW mid-north coast.

Claims Swan deserted his boss

Peter Hartcher The night before he turned against his prime minister, Wayne Swan went to Kevin Rudd's office for a drink and congratulated him on defending the newly-announced mining tax, a new book reports.

Swan drank with PM the night before coup

Treasurer Wayne Swan and ex Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Peter Hartcher THE night before he turned against his prime minister, Wayne Swan went to Kevin Rudd's office for a drink and congratulated him on defending the newly announced mining tax, a new book reports.

PM to lean on 'dynamic' states over disability insurance

Julia Gillard at the National Disability Services CEO Conference in Sydney

Phillip Coorey THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will use this week's meeting with the state and territory leaders to lean on Queensland and Western Australia to commit to the national disability insurance scheme,...

Wilders entitled to views - Abbott

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 19:  Dutch far-right politician and the founder and leader of the Party for Freedom Geert Wilders speaks to members of the public on February 19, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Rebecca Le May Right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders is entitled to his viewpoint and has a right to free speech, senior Liberals say, as the anti-Islam campaigner hits obstacles on his speaking tour of Australia.

Victoria throws education reforms into disarray

Peter Garrett

Farrah Tomazin Furious Gillard government warns more than $1 billion in funding placed at risk.

Convincing win for Coalition in WA

WA Premier Colin Barnett has said the stong relationship between the mining industry and the state will save his state, but not the country.

Labor challenger Mark McGowan concedes defeat in the West Australian election.

Gillard's leadership set to remain in spotlight

As federal Labor MPs pack their suitcases to return to Canberra this week they could well bring further leadership speculation with them.

Federal woes hurt Labor in the west

Katharine Murphy Labor's political woes federally affected efforts by WA Labor leader Mark McGowan to defeat Premier Colin Barnett , senior ministers say.

Coalition blames unions, dollar for Browse gas blow

Gas

Ben Cubby, Peter Hannam 'Outrageous' industrial action and the soaring dollar had priced Australia out of the market for onshore LNG projects, says Ian Macfarlane, the Coalition's resources spokesman.

NT leader signs on to disability scheme

The Northern Territory has signed on to the federal government’s national disability insurance scheme, leaving Western Australia as the only holdout.

Gillard faces difficult talks in WA

Julia Gillard

Prime Minister Julia Gillard may face a frosty reception from West Australian Premier Colin Barnett on her flying visit to the state.

Rudd in last-ditch bid with WA's Barnett

WA Premier Colin Barnett

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to host a $2500-a-head fundraiser in Perth after a last-ditch bid to talk the West Australian Premier into signing up to the Better Schools reforms.