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Gov whip lashes Premier Barnett for squandering jobs and cash

Steve Holland 7:19 PM   Premier Colin Barnett has cut funding to an economic development committee - squandering an opportunity to generate thousands of jobs and billions of dollars, according to government whip Phil Edman.

Hakea prison officer charged in meth sting

The latest sting prevented the import of 1kg of methamphetamine

Brendan Foster 6:58 PM   A long standing prison officer has been charged after a criminal syndicate was thwarted by authorities from importing one kilogram of methamphetamine into WA.

'These men are expected to be beyond human': pilot health warning

Dr Sophie Henshaw has expressed concerns about the level of expectation put on pilots

Aine Ryan 6:13 PM   A Perth psychologist has warned more pilots are hiding their mental health issues from their employers for fear of losing their jobs.

Charges after boy, 4, flung from moving car in remote WA

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5:58 PM   A man has been charged after a four-year-old boy was ejected from a car that was allegedly being driven recklessly at a remote Aboriginal community.

Public appeal for missing 13-year-old Perth boy

Wade Dyer, 13, was last seen on March 19.

5:30 PM   A public search has been launched for a missing 13-year-old Perth boy.

Fresh hunt for sex predator who raped German nanny in Mosman Park

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Steve Holland 4:54 PM   A sexual predator who brutally attacked a nanny on a working holiday in an affluent Perth suburb may still be lurking in the area, police fear.

Jay Weatherill a 'whinger' over GST rethink: Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett has launched another attack on the distribution of GST

Leanne Nicholson 3:25 PM   West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has labelled South Australian leader Jay Weatherill a "whinger" and told him to "grow up" over the state Labor leader's opposition to increase WA's share of GST.

WA Premier Colin Barnett backs Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest's iron ore cap call

Colin Barnett has launched yet another attack on iron ore majors BHP and Rio.

2:56 PM   Andrew Forrest's call to ease iron ore production to boost its ailing price was careless - but the reaction has been over the top, the West Australian premier says.

Crown Perth hotel challenge fails in WA's highest court

James Packer, chairman of Crown Ltd

2:33 PM   An appeal by local residents against an expansion of James Packer's Crown Perth has been dismissed in Western Australia's highest court.

Nullarbor cliff mystery as cycling Japanese tourist goes missing

Police have launched a land and air search for Katsushi Ohata

Leanne Nicholson 1:46 PM   A Japanese tourist attempting to cycle across the Nullarbor to Western Australia has disappeared and his belongings found at the edge of a cliff, sparking an interstate land and air search.

Perth child killer's parole loophole in New Zealand

Jeremy McLaughlin, Phillip Vidot, Jade Bayliss

Martin van Beynen 1:20 PM   A Perth woman whose father is being deported after a jail sentence for sex offending is outraged he can escape his parole conditions by moving to New Zealand.

Carlisle man dies in hospital after car fire in Wattle Grove

The scene on Crystal Brook road on Wednesday night.

Steve Holland 12:14 PM   The 28-year-old man whose car caught fire after crashing into an oncoming vehicle on Wednesday has died.

Life-sized elephant sculpture to help save lives on WA’s roads

The life-sized elephant unveiled in the Wheatbelt.

11:12 AM   A life-sized African elephant sculpture has been unveiled in WA’s Wheatbelt region in an attempt to reduce the death toll on some of the most dangerous roads in the country.

WA police officer charged with assaulting women in Mount Hawthorn

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Steve Holland 10:54 AM   Another West Australian police officer has been charged with assault.

Jacob's Ladder causes splits on millionaires' row

Jacob's Ladder is a well worn fitness landmark.

Ray Sparvell 8:48 PM   Jacob's Ladder exercise fanatics will find out early in April whether the City of Perth is going to close the fitness landmark.

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Fears for endangered numbats in Wheatbelt

There are fears for endangered numbats in the Wheatbelt.

Ray Sparvell 8:46 PM   One of the state's remaining numbat colonies may be under threat if a collective of wheatbelt shires get approval to site a rubbish dump close to the endangered native animals.

Victoria Park robberies: police hunt gunman

The man police want to speak to as part of their investigation.

Brendan Foster and Nicole Cox 8:36 PM   Police have arrested a man believed to be armed and suspected of a number of robberies in Victoria Park after a massive manhunt on Thursday.

WA's remote communities debate intensifies

WA Labor Aboriginal affairs spokesman Ben Wyatt.

8:28 PM   Cutting off essential services in remote Aboriginal communities amounts to shutting them down, the West Australian opposition says.

East Fremantle's Royal George Hotel needs heritage planning: Labor

Fremantle residents with  Labor MLA Simone McGurk outside the Royal George Hotel

Brendan Foster   Labor MLA Simone McGurk fears the historic Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle could become another "Guildford Hotel saga" if the Barnett government flogs it off to a private developer.

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Theives steal $1 million front end loader from North West

The Caterpillar 988H front end loader worth $1.2m that was stolen.

Brendan Foster   Thieves have stolen a front end loader valued at $1.2 million from the industrial area of Boodarie in South Hedland, in the state's North West.

Massive air and land bid to stop out-of-control Toodyay bushfire

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Leanne Nicholson   Firefighters have launched a massive air and land offensive on a fast-moving blaze on the outskirts of Toodyay.

Gidgegannup bushfire: Firefighters battle out-of-control blaze

Tasmanian Fire Service volunteer fire fighter Anne Tattnell fighting the bushfire near houses at Scamander on Tasmania's east coast today.
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Ray Sparvell   Residents of Gidgegannup have been warned to ready themselves to defend their property or leave, as a Watch and Act has been issued for the area.

Margaret River Weekend of Music a foodies delight

Enjoy food, wine and fine music at Margaret River wineries over the April 17-19 weekend.

It’s music to the ears for lovers of fine food, wine and symphony as all three are pitched in perfect harmony at the exclusive Margaret River Weekend of Music event in the region next month.

O'Callaghan says assault cop will not lose job

Karl O'Callaghan has supported an officer found guilty of assaulting a drunken girl.

Nicole Cox   WA's top cop says he has faith a policeman who assaulted a teenager at Northbridge police station can continue to carry out frontline duties, despite being found guilty of the offence this week.

Ben Cousins faces arrest or 'involuntary' mental health admission

Ben Cousins could be detained at a mental health clinic involuntary.

Nicole Cox   WA Police are preparing to arrest troubled former AFL superstar Ben Cousins if he is not detained involuntarily for mental health care – days after his latest outburst of bizarre behaviour in Canning Vale.

Dramatic Mandurah dolphin rescue draws applause

Parks and Wildlife marine rangers with one of the secured dolphins at Black Lake.

Mandurah Mail   Two bottlenose dolphins stranded in a Mandurah lake have been rescued and released into the lower reaches of the Serpentine River by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Ray's rant: the lost art of the wave and who I blame

Ray Sparvell - Ray's Rant

Ray Sparvell   Don't get me started. Just don't get me started. It happened on the way home last night. Again.

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Mazzucchelli's: man, 25, charged over $250,000 jewellery heist in Innaloo

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Brendan Foster   A 25-year-old Ellenbrook man, who allegedly stole more than $250,000 of jewellery in an Innaloo burglary last week, has been charged by police.

Man, 28, in critical condition after receiving burns in Wattle Grove crash

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Brendan Foster   A 28-year-old Carlisle man is fighting for his life after receiving burns to his body after a fiery crash in Wattle Grove on Wednesday night.

McGowan calls for treasurer's head over 'conflict' shares

Treasurer Mike Nahan has been urged to resign by Mark McGowan over shares he held in four companies

Ray Sparvell   State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said on Wednesday that Treasurer Mike Nahan's sell off of shares was an 'admission of guilt' and called on him to resign immediately.