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WA Premier Colin Barnett beefs up security after shark threats

Colin Barnett

Under-fire West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says nothing will change his mind about the state's controversial catch-and-kill shark policy, despite vociferous public opposition.

Colin Barnett backs Troy Buswell over son's driving test

Troy Buswell

Michael Hopkin Premier Colin Barnett has refused calls to sack Treasurer and Transport Minister Troy Buswell over more allegations of ministerial misconduct.

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Colin Barnett flags new shark policy

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Changes to the way the Western Australian government deals with sharks that lurk in popular swimming and surfing areas will be unveiled next week.

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Asylum boat 'tied up' to WA oil platform: Colin Barnett

An asylum seeker boat that sailed near an oil and gas platform off Dampier last week is believed to have actually tied up to it, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says.

WA Premier Colin Barnett warns of budget pain to come

Colin Barnett

Western Australia's Premier Colin Barnett has again warned of a "very tight" budget for Australia's economic golden child, as pressure comes from federal Defence Minister Stephen Smith to spend money...

Colin Barnett 'lied' to voters over council mergers

Michael Hopkin Colin Barnett has been accused of lying to voters in the run-up to the state election, after backflipping on a pre-election promise not to force local councils to merge.

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Premier Colin Barnett pays busker $10 to be quiet

Barnett and busker

Jillian McHugh A young busker got his tip of the day when Premier Colin Barnett paid him $10 to "be quiet".

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Biggest great white shark ever tagged in Australia off coast of WA

The massive female great white, estimated to weigh about 1.6 tonnes, is the biggest ever internally tagged in Australia.

Scott Coghlan The tagging of a huge five-metre white pointer in King George Sound has presented a potentially huge breakthrough in shark research and a triumph for local Fisheries staff.

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Troy Buswell resigns as Cabinet Minister

Troy Buswell

Aleisha Orr Troy Buswell has resigned as a Cabinet Minister from the West Australian government.

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Fisheries to take over shark tender after contractor scared off by threats

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Aleisha Orr The shark-kill zones policy will be implemented by the Department of Fisheries in the metropolitan area after the contractor awarded the tender withdrew after receiving threats.

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WA's baited drumlines kill first shark on Australia Day

WA's first shark cull

Robyn Preston Western Australia's controversial drumline policy has killed its first shark off the coast of the state's South West.

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Police confirm Australind package was bomb ingredient

Michael Hopkin WA police have confirmed that the substance found in Leschenault Estuary near Australind was the bomb-making ingredient TATP.

Number of Perth councils to be halved

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The number of councils in Perth will be halved after the West Australian government finalised its restructuring plans.

Old fashioned WA laws to get the heave-ho

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Aleisha Orr A number of century old laws will be scrapped as part of a legislative clean-up being carried out by the West Australian government.

Shark forces re-closure of WA beach where surfer Chris Boyd was killed

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The beach where a surfer was killed by a suspected great white shark has been closed again after a shark sighting close to shore.

WA government unveils shark 'kill zones'

Beach closure.

Michael Hopkin Designated shark-killing zones will be established off Perth and the state's South West, as part of an aggressive new state government policy aimed at reducing the risk of shark attacks.

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WA shark policy a 'cull by another name'

Experts and conservationists have bitten back at Western Australia's tough new policies to prevent deadly shark attacks, which include the establishment of licensed offshore "kill zones".

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Mufflers for beaches could reduce shark attacks

Shark sign

Aleisha Orr The creation of surfboards with shark deterring fins, beach noise mufflers and acoustic shark detectors are to be funded by the West Australian government.

Hammer attack on WA Premier's office

The office of West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has been attacked by a hammer-wielding vandal, who daubed "Egomaniac" in red across the building's windows.

Live updates: Perth hills bushfires

Fire crews Perth bushfire

Four people feared victims of a Perth Hills bushfire have been found safe, while firefighters battle into the night.

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