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'Extinct' hare-wallaby found in Kimberley

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6:29pm A marsupial feared locally extinct has been again spotted in WA's Kimberley region, thrilling scientists and conservationists.

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Barnett 'squandered half-a-billion dollars on temps'

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Steve Holland 6:04pm The WA government has been criticised for financial mismanagement amid claims it squandered almost half-a-billion dollars on temporary staff.

Chopper called to Lancelin crash scene

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Steve Holland 5:53pm A rescue helicopter was called to a crash scene in Lancelin on Sunday after reports of a person trapped in a car.

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Barnett tight-lipped on new deputy premier

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5:05pm Premier Colin Barnett is being tight-lipped on speculation Police Minister Liza Harvey is poised to become WA's deputy premier.

Ebola tests to continue indefinitely at Australian main airports

Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce has refused to make apologies for the introduction of the security measures.

Steve Holland 3:35pm Heightened biosecurity measures enforced at Australia’s international airports aimed at preventing the spread of ebola will continue indefinitely.

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All motorcycle deaths caused by human error, study finds

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Steve Holland 1:54pm All deaths resulting from motorcycle crashes in WA this year were caused by human error, according to a new study.

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Learner-driver hoon nabbed, another has car impounded

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Steve Holland 1:22pm A learner driver, accused of driving like a hoon, is facing a range of charges after a failed attempt to evade police.

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Perth roads close for charity bike ride

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11:48am A charity bike ride is underway in Perth with roads closed across the city.

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Emergency service workers help cleanup Wyndham after storm

12:04pm Emergency service workers are helping with the cleanup in Wyndham after a storm on Saturday damaged houses and left downed powerlines blocking roads.

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Perth boxer Erin McGowan wins world title fight

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Adrian Beattie Perth boxer Erin McGowan woke up on Saturday morning as a world champion.

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Arson attack on Karawarra shop

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Two arsonists have been caught on camera setting fire to a hair salon in Karawarra, near Bentley.

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Missing tourist found safe

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A missing German tourist who spent the night without food or water in bush near Kununurra has been found safe and well.

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Woman dies in Wickham crash

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A woman has died after her car rolled on a road in Wickham, near Karratha, on Friday.

Hundreds march in Perth to protest violence against women

Coffins at the protest representing the number of people who have died from domestic violence this year,

Brendan Foster More than 500 people have silently marched through the streets of Perth on Friday to protest against domestic violence towards women.

Closures worry WA Aboriginal communities

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Aboriginal people living in remote communities in Western Australia are distressed and anxious about plans to cut funding for essential services, effectively dismantling their homes.

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Fremantle Prison inmate reveals hidden bomb to WA Police

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CANDICE BARNES It reads like a Hollywood film – a daring prison escape plan, explosives, and an inmate with a conscience.

Mitchell Freeway back flowing after rollover caused traffic jam

WA road users face stiffer penalties under changes to road laws.

A vehicle rollover on Erindale Road has brought traffic southbound traffic on the Mitchell Freeway to a standstill.

Baby Gammy could become an Australian citizen

Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua poses with baby Gammy.

Baby Gammy, who remains at the centre of a surrogacy scandal in Thailand, could become an Australian citizen.

Giant Murray River cod found in Canning Vale lake

The 15kg cod was found in a Canning Vale lake.

Brendan Foster It's the sort of yarn a fisherman would deliver to barflies at a tavern about the urban legend of the giant fish lurking in the local lake. Except it's true.

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WA government admits shark killing policy lacked science

A white shark caught by Fisheries after the attack on Sean Pollard off Esperance.

Steve Holland The WA government has admitted it lacks scientific evidence to back up its shark killing policy.

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Esperance shark-attack survivor Sean Pollard returns home

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Steve Holland Shark-attack survivor Sean Pollard has returned home to messages of support from around the world after more than a month recovering in hospital.

Man dies after Kalgoorlie motorbike crash on Hannan Street

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A 21-year-old man died in hospital after a motorcycle crash in Kalgoorlie on Thursday

Police find guns, drugs and gold in Halls Head raid

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Steve Holland A Halls Head man faces a string of charges after a police raid uncovered $22,000 worth of gold bullion on Thursday.

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Senate inquiry hears of growing WA inequality

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Rachel Siewert The gap between the richest and poorest Western Australians is growing, and is doing so at greater rate than the rest of the country, with young people especially vulnerable.

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Fresh charges for ex-Hawks recruit Dayle Garlett

Ex-Hawk recruit Dayle Garlett faces jail time after his latest run-in with the law.

Former Hawthorn Football Club recruit Dayle Garlett has been charged after posting a video online that allegedly showed him driving at 200km/h in a stolen car.

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Erin McGowan adds weight for world title fight

Erin McGowan and Arlene Blencowe with the WIBA belt.

CHENEE MARRAPODI Perth boxer Erin 'The Blueprint' McGowan is stepping into the ring for what is arguably the biggest female bout in Australian boxing history.

NBN finally rolls out in WA - but who's first?

Four suburbs across WA will be the first to get access to the NBN.

Brendan Foster More than 5,100 homes and businesses across WA are set to get faster internet when the National Broadband Network rolls out in March next year.

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Broome man on child exploitation charges

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Ray Sparvell A 55-year-old man will appear in Broome Magistrates' Court on Friday charged with possession of child exploitation material and an article relating to bestiality.

Drone crashes into Canning Vale house

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It's the kind of mistaken identity that could probably only happen in Perth - when a drone crashed into the home of Canning Vale man Herman on Wednesday night, his wife and young children figured it was yet another car versus house accident.

WA teens jailed for 6.5 years for 'persistent' killing

Quinn De Campe, 16, was bashed to death.

A trio of teenagers who fatally bashed a 16-year-old boy during a staged drug deal in Perth have been sentenced to six and a half years behind bars.