Western Australia

Dementia, it's all in the mind

John Elder Is it possible, from a scientific point of view, that former NSW premier Barry O'Farrell had a ''senior moment'' when he forgot about the $3000 bottle of wine he received as a gift? Kind of.

Western Australia's Senate election: The will or the swill of the people?

Dan Harrison A preference system that can be gamed and an electoral administration that loses ballot boxes.

Cyclone Christine closer to Western Australia's north coast

A category 2 cyclone off Western Australia's Kimberley coast was expected to intensify.

Easter road toll stands at four lives lost

Australia's Easter road toll now stands at four after a tragic opening to the holiday long weekend in both Western Australia and Tasmania.

Search for MH370: Underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 deployed to find plane's wreckage

Autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin 21

Rachel Olding, Rania Spooner The search for flight MH370 has entered a new stage with searchers to send an "autonomous underwater vehicle" four kilometres underwater to look for the plane's wreckage on the sea floor.

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: sea-bed hunt hits hurdle as Bluefin-21 resurfaces

MH370: Plane search heads underwater (Thumbnail)

Rania Spooner An autonomous underwater vehicle tasked with scouring the sea floor for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has hit a hurdle on its first mission and returned to the surface.

Unemployment drop, rising dollar have traders signalling end to rate cuts

Employment

Peter Martin, Matt Wade The Australian dollar has hit a new high for the year and financial markets are betting on higher interest rates after a shock unemployment result suggested the jobs market had turned the corner.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Fresh signal in search for flight MH370

Pinger

Rania Spooner Another signal has been detected in the search area for missing flight MH370, Australian authorities coordinating the operation say.

Toorak accountant Stephen Lynne Wharton jailed for tax fraud

Stephen Wharton

Cameron Houston A Toorak accountant has been convicted of serious fraud in Western Australia after a six-year investigation by the Australian Crime Commission of tax schemes used by wealthy business and...

Tony Abbott slumps in polls despite best week yet

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny A record high vote of support for the Greens and a slump in support for the Coalition in regional Australia has left Tony Abbott's seven-month old government trailing Labor by four points after...

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Will Clive Palmer's splash cash work in WA Senate race?

Clive Palmer.

Rick Feneley, Heath Aston The mining magnate's ''Palmersaurus'', on the Sunshine Coast, could do with some extra guests.

Clive Palmer puts Liberals' third seat at risk in WA Senate vote

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Tom Allard The Liberal Party is battling to hold a third Senate seat in Western Australia in Saturday's historic byelection for the upper house as an advertising blitz from mining magnate Clive Palmer begins to...

Missing MH370: Chinese community honours ancestors in emotional ceremony

SMH NEWS: The  Chinese Buddhist community in Perth held a special prayer ceremony for the missing passengers and family members of flight MH370 at the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Perth. 30/03/14

Amy McNeilage Perth: The anguished relatives of those on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight are mostly thousands of miles from where the search for the wreckage is under way off the coast of Western...

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.

Wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may never be found: Angus Houston

Malaysia-Airlines tail

Tom Allard The head of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has raised the possibility that no wreckage from the passenger jet may ever be found, revealing authorities have a very poor understanding...

Bob Brown steps down as Sea Shepherd chairman

Bob Brown.

Former Australian Greens leader has stood down as chairman of anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd.

O'Farrell government plan to tackle domestic violence offenders through GPS tracking

Pru Goward

Nicole Hasham Domestic violence perpetrators in NSW would be forced to wear tracking devices like those worn by high-risk sex offenders under a plan proposed by the O'Farrell government.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: satellite images focus search on southern Indian Ocean

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David Wroe The Australian-led search 2500km south-west of Perth finished for the night without finding any debris from MH370, nor the objects that appeared in the satellite images revealed on Thursday.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Debris found in search for MH370, says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

The Australian-led search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight has had an apparent breakthrough, with satellite images showing two objects in waters off Perth. Follow the story here.

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1500 kilometres of WA coast unprotected by radar

Davies

Tom Allard Along 1500 kilometres of Western Australia's coast, from the Pilbara to Perth, there is no radar to monitor errant aircraft such as MH370 or defend the Australian mainland from attack.