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Siege gunman Man Monis claimed he was sacked in Perth for religion

Brendan Foster 5:19 PM   Sydney siege gunman Man Horan Monis told a WA Industrial Relations Commission in 2003 that he was sacked from his job at a carpet company in Perth because of his political and religious views.

Ben Cousins tip-off cop to keep job, TV reporter girlfriend says

Seven News Perth reporter Monique Dirksz with First Class Constable Daniel Jamieson.

Ray Sparvell 5:00 PM   The Channel Seven reporter at the centre of allegations over the leaking of confidential information about the arrest of Ben Cousins has posted on Facebook that her policeman boyfriend will keep his job.

Sydney siege gunman Man Horan Monis' first protest was in Perth

Man Haron Monis was using the name Michael Hayson Mavros, his former solicitor has said.

Brendan Foster 4:17 PM   Sydney siege gunman Man Horan Monis appetite for political radicalism may have had its origins in Perth.

Pilbara feels housing heat as mining boom ends

House prices have plummeted in Karratha as the mining boom comes to an end.

3:20 PM   Median house prices in the Pilbara town of Karratha have plunged almost 34 per cent as the mining downturn prompts residents to leave.

Hugger told to get off before fatal push at Perth nightclub

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3:19 PM   A nightclubber accused of fatally pushing another patron to escape an unexpected hug told police the man came from out of the blue.

Ex-AFL star Daniel Kerr moves to Kalgoorlie to cash up for legal bills

Daniel Kerr in happier times. The former West Coast Eagle has been charged with assault.

2:36 PM   Troubled former AFL footballer Daniel Kerr is taking a high paying job in Western Australia's Goldfields region as he faces mounting legal bills stemming from an alleged violent incident.

Sci-fi driver's licence to make ID theft harder in WA

How current driver's licences look in WA

Ray Sparvell 2:36 PM   Facial recognition technology embedded into WA driver's licences last year checked more than 134,000 images. Fifteen matters were referred to police.

Hayley Dodd murder: breakthrough as arrest warrant issued

Police conduct a search at a residential property back in 2013. Inset Hayley Dodd

Ray Sparvell 12:31 PM   A warrant was issued on Monday for the arrest of 59-year-old Francis John Wark over the alleged willful murder of 17-year-old Hayley Dodd - who went missing while hitchhiking 200km north of Perth in 1999.

Uber drivers slapped with more charges after ignoring orders

"This is not a tax on Uber but rather, impacts the over 9,000 ordinary Australians who drive on the uberX platform.":  Uber's general manager in Australia David Rohrsheim said.

Leanne Nicholson 12:25 PM   More charges have been laid against some 19 Perth drivers of the ride-sharing app Uber after they ignored orders to produce the appropriate documents to show they could operate.

Shirley Finn murder probe: CCC rules out investigation

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Brendan Foster 12:06 PM   The mystery surrounding the death of brothel madam Shirley Finn may remain unsolved forever with the Corruption and Crime Commission ruling out investigating the murder.

Perth 'forever' home scoops national award for 'jaw-dropping' style

Retirees Tena and Terry Wheeler spent a decade buying accumulating space for their "forever" home

Emma Young 11:06 AM   The story behind the Perth property just named Australian Home of the Year is not just one of a couple's desire for luxury, but of their determination to live out the rest of their days together.

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Shortbread Man's killer moved to minimum security: Grieving son 'sickened'

Joe Hollomby, the Shortbred Man from Geraldton.

Emma Young 10:25 AM   The son of a pensioner stabbed to death in Geraldton in 2008 is sickened by news the killer was moved to a medium security prison six years into a 19-year minimum sentence.

WA man 'tortured, murdered' over drug debt

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10:06 AM   A Perth court has heard that four men tortured a man over a drug debt and then dismembered his body, leaving the remains in a wheelie bin.

The Squirrel in the sky: A day in the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter

The crew scours the ocean and its surroundings much to the relief of those in need

James Mooney 8:04 AM   The crew of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter scan the ocean and its surroundings for any threats - stepping-up when someone needs help.

Calls for shark nets at Cottesloe but only as a precaution

Cottesloe council has put measures in place to allow for shark nets - if needs be

Ray Sparvell 6:17 PM   There are no plans to install a shark net at Cottesloe despite the council taking precautionary measures to have one approved.

Perth houses sit on market for an average of 77 days: new figures

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Emma Young   It now takes an average of 77 days to sell a house in Perth, and the city now has more houses for sale than Sydney, new figures show.

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WA miners in $1.8 billion takeover deal

The takeover would create a company that is better equipped to manage the increasing volatility in commodity markets.

Miner Independence Group has struck a $1.8 billion deal to buy the company behind an emerging West Australian nickel project while the metal's price hovers at historic lows.

Fatal nightclub push in Perth was 'self defence', court hears

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Zak Harvey was so happy after a night of clubbing in Perth he started hugging strangers in the street.

Perth brothel madam Shirley Finn murder: Royal commission missed 'golden opportunity'

WA Police are reviewing the 1975 murder of brothel madam Shirley Finn.

Brendan Foster   Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says the 2002 royal commission into police corruption missed a "golden opportunity" to get to the bottom of WA's most infamous murder.

Perth to rival San Fran? The new bus concept with wifi and coffee

On board the new bus by Leap.

Ray Sparvell   Ride sharing champion Uber has muscled its way into a market long held by taxis; now a new concept in public transport is winning converts in San Francisco and the world is taking notice.

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Shirley Finn inquest should be soon: WA's top cop

Shirley Finn.

Any inquest into the 1975 death of Perth brothel madam Shirley Finn would need to be held soon, West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says.

Perth vs Vietnam: How to lead life of luxury on a pension

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Ray Sparvell   How's this for a pensioner lifestyle: rent for a four-storey house, $275 month? An electricity bill that's never more than $20? A high speed internet connection for the same? All satisfyingly washed down with a bottle of beer for 50 cents?

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Man, three teens charged over Karratha car park bashing

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Brendan Foster   A man and three teenagers have been charged after allegedly bashing a man 26-year-old Nickol man with a hammer in a Karratha car park on Sunday.

FOI on controversial UWA centre knocked back by Abbott government

The Australia Consensus Centre was canned after Bjorn Lomborg's credentials were questioned

Brendan Foster   The Abbott governments is refusing to release documents on its plans to set up a research centre at the University of Western Australia with a controversial Danish academic claiming the FOI request would take 150 man hours.

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Rolf Harris supporters call on Australia to restore honours

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris was sentenced to more than five years in prison

Candice Barnes   British supporters of veteran entertainer Rolf Harris have called on Australian authorities to reinstate the convicted sex offender's honours.

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WA Greens: It's time to allow gay marriage after Ireland vote yes

A couple react in Dublin as Ireland votes in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in Saturday's historic referendum.

Brendan Foster   Ireland's historic vote to allow gay marriage demonstrates how out-of-touch the "old parties in Australia are by rejecting calls for marriage equality", says WA Greens MLA Lynn MacLaren.

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More than 100 ecstasy tablets seized by police in Perth

More than 100 ecstasy pills were seized in Perth CBD on Saturday night

Brendan Foster   More than 100 ecstasy tablets were seized by police from a car in Perth on Saturday night.

Gatecrashers smash up Silver Sands home

Police are investigating a gatecrashing in Silver Sands

Brendan Foster   More than 80 gatecrashers have smashed up a home in the southern suburbs on Saturday night.

Police hunt for murderer who killed Fremantle man

Murder victim Reuben Stack.

Adrian Beattie   The police hunt for the murderer of an East Fremantle man continues.

Ambulances rush to road-train crash north of Geraldton

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Adrian Beattie   Emergency services have rushed to the scene of a road-train crash 120km north of Geraldton.