Latest WA state news

Uber protest: Perth taxi drivers protest in convoy to Parliament

Emma Young 7:31 PM   Hundreds of Perth taxi drivers abandoned fares on Tuesday to protest what they call state government inaction over Uber.

Colin Barnett says government won't axe future fund

Colin Barnett says "large" deficits over the next two years cannot be avoided.

6:15 PM   Western Australia has two years of financial pain to ride out but there's no way the state government will raid its future fund, Premier Colin Barnett says.

Workers concerned at Colin Barnett's anti-protest stance

About 200 protesters were at Parliament House voicing their concerns.

Brendan Foster 4:49 PM   Unionist, church leaders, farmers, animal activists and environmentalists have all joined forces to protest against the Barnett government's new anti-protest laws at Parliament House on Tuesday.

Man found dead in Scarborough hotel room


Brendan Foster 4:20 PM   A man has been found dead in a hotel room in Scarborough on Monday afternoon.

WA Police angry over Ben Cousins, Daniel Kerr probe

WA police arrest Ben Cousins in Northbridge in 2007.

Ray Sparvell 4:16 PM   Hundreds of West Australian police officers could be charged if they are found to have accessed computer files about former West Coast Eagles players Ben Cousins and Daniel Kerr.

WA last state to ban sunbeds as Kim Hames signs off on solarium deadline

Commercial sunbeds will be banned in WA from New Year's Day.

Leanne Nicholson 4:04 PM   Commercial sunbeds will be banned in Western Australia from New Year's Day 2016 after the state cabinet agreed to put a stop to solariums.

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WA man lied but did not murder drug dealer


2:06 PM   A man accused of murdering a drug dealer "lied his heart out" to police but only witnessed the victim being strangled and did not kill her, a Perth court has heard.

Aldi secures Nedlands' Captain Stirling Shopping Centre in WA buy-up

Aldi has been operating in the eastern states for more than a decade but is working towards its WA expansion.

Leanne Nicholson 1:49 PM   German discount retailer Aldi has added another Perth location to its expanding cache of Australian stores.

Man in court over Gnowangerup ATM theft

Scales of Justice

Ray Sparvell 1:26 PM   A 42-year-old Albany man will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday over the alleged theft of an ATM and a loader.

French tourists who burnt Rottnest quokka choose jail over $4000 fines

The quokka involved in the incident has been sighted walking around Rottnest with burnt fur on one side of its body.

Steve Holland 11:59 AM   Two French tourists who burnt a Rottnest quokka have chosen to stay in jail rather than pay a $4000 fine – costing Australian taxpayers thousands of dollars.

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Police dog rumbles suspect in Kardinya burglary


Ray Sparvell 9:54 AM   A police dog tracked down a man after an elderly woman reported a break in at her Kardinya home on early Tuesday morning

Ascot pesticide truck rollover

United Kingdom police have arrested a teenage boy.

Ray Sparvell 9:47 AM   Early morning traffic around Ascot was delayed on Tuesday after a road train carrying pesticides rolled over on Great Eastern Highway near the Tonkin Highway overpass.

Teen motorbike rider killed in Hopelands crash

Motorcycle Motor Cycle Motor Bike Motorbike Speed Generic. Flinders Street.


Ray Sparvell 9:39 AM   A teenager has died after his motorbike crashed with a car in Hopelands, about 50 kilometres south of Perth, on Monday evening.

WA drug dealer strangled, body dumped in cemetery lake


A prolific drug dealer who was allegedly strangled by a customer could have been unconscious when her body was dumped in a cemetery lake: court.

Smoke warning for residents in Perth's northern suburbs

Fires rage near Coonabarabran in January 2013.

Emma Young   A prescribed burn in Avon Valley National Park has sparked a smoke warning from the Department of Parks and Wildlife for Bullsbrook and other northern suburbs residents.

Nic Naitanui: West Coast Eagles racial abuse probe after Western Derby

West Coast's Nic Naitanui was allegedly racially abused during Sunday's Western Derby.

West Coast says the fan who allegedly racially abused ruckman Nic Naitanui during Sunday's Western Derby should be banned for life if found guilty of the offence.

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Serco stripped of sterilisation program at Fiona Stanley Hospital


Brendan Foster   Serco has been stripped of providing sterilisation services for Fiona Stanley Hospital after ongoing bungles forced the government to step in.

Paedophile McKenna gets judge-alone trial

Dennis McKenna in July 1983.

Convicted pedophile Dennis McKenna, who is already in jail for sexual offending against boys when he was a hostel warden, will face further charges in a judge-alone trial.

Serious crash strands Margaret River Pro surfers


Margaret River Pro surfers, crew and spectators have been left stranded after a serious crash in Western Australia's South West region closed a road.

Drivers airlifted to hospital after Margaret River crash

Smiths Beach, Margaret River, for FFX-travel, SST Escape, March 8. Photo supplied.

Fran Rimrod   Two people have been airlifted to a Perth hospital after a truck and a van crashed into each other near Margaret River this morning.

Police call for public help after fatal Exmouth crash


Police are calling for the public's help following a crash in WA's north that left two teenagers dead.

Regulate scrap metal industry to reduce construction theft: Master Builders

Building site theft is "out of control" according to the Master Builders Association of WA.

Brendan Foster   The Master Builders Association of WA wants the Barnett government to regulate scrap metal dealers following the recent spate of construction site theft.

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Injured Stephanie Gilmore withdraws from Margaret River Pro

Much-needed boost: Stephanie Gilmore.

Stephanie Gilmore's bid for a seventh world surfing crown could be under threat after she withdrew from the Margaret River Pro with a knee injury.

Fiona Stanley Hospital: water leak diverts ambulances

A water leak is Fiona Stanley's latest problem.

Alex Riddell   Ambulances are being diverted from Fiona Stanley Hospital after a large water leak.

Salmon Holes: search continues for WA rock fisherman near Albany


Severe sea conditions are making it difficult for rescue crews to find a man who went missing at a rock fishing spot off Albany south of Perth.

Perth Arena: new hotel and entertainment precinct for CBD

An overhead view of the new entertainment precinct to be built next to Perth Arena.

Alex Riddell   A new hotel and entertainment precinct will be built on Milligan Street in the CBD.

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No medicinal cannabis trial for WA, Health Minister Kim Hames says

A cannabis plant.

Western Australia will not join NSW in medicinal cannabis trials despite both Queensland and Victoria signing up to the research.

Liza Harvey: careless WA drivers could soon face jail time

Drivers who cause serious injury or death due to careless driving via distraction face stiffer penalties.

Alex Riddell   Drivers who seriously injure or kill someone due to carelessness could soon be sent to prison.

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Moped rider dies in South Fremantle crash


Alex Riddell   A woman died in a crash in South Fremantle on Saturday afternoon.

Transperth facing flak over western derby day works on Mandurah line

Transperth is carrying out works on the Mandurah line on one of the biggest days of the footballing year.

Alex Riddell   On one of the biggest days of the AFL season in Perth, Transperth is facing criticism over their decision to carry out rail works on the Mandurah line.

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