Northam hostel in sex abuse spotlight

Dennis McKenna, July 1983.

Anne-Louise Brown The scope of a WA inquiry investigating child sex abuse at state-run hostels will be widened this week, hearing evidence about alleged abuse of boarders at a Northam hostel.

WA detention centres are 'dysfunctional'

Yongah Hills Immigration Detention Centre

Three asylum seekers escaped a Western Australia detention centre in 45 seconds last week, exposing major security flaws at the facility, a leaked report has revealed.

Fences weak at WA asylum seeker facility

Calls to improve security fencing at an immigration detention centre east of Perth are mounting after another asylum seeker break-out.

500 jobs could go in WA school system


About 500 jobs could be lost from the West Australian education system after the state government unveiled a new funding model.

Call for details of asylum seeker escapees

Yongah Hill detention centre in Northam

Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison has demanded the federal government release descriptions of five asylum seekers who are on the run after escaping a detention centre near Perth.

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Rebel bikie gang roars into Perth

Rebels make their way to Perth

Michael Hopkin Hundreds of Rebels bikie gang members have reached the gang's Perth clubhouse in Osborne Park, ending their national run across the country.

Inquiry hears hostel boss turned a blind eye to McKenna's indiscretions


Courtney Trenwith The former head of an authority overseeing state-run hostels across WA has had five adverse findings recommended against him during an inquiry into sex abuse by hostel wardens during the 1970s until...

Three doctors suspended from WA hospital

Andrew Allan

Three doctors have been suspended from a regional West Australian hospital over the deaths of five patients who died after being discharged.

WA police pursuits in spotlight again

Police pursuits in Western Australia will again come under scrutiny after one man was killed and two police officers were injured following two separate chases in less than 24 hours.

Sri Lankan boats will slow: diplomat

Assylum seekers

Sri Lanka's high commissioner to Australia says he doesn't expect a flood of asylum seekers will follow the 66 potential refugees who gobsmacked onlookers with their arrival in Geraldton.

Teacher probed for tying five-year-old schoolboy to chair


Courtney Trenwith A West Australian teacher who allegedly tied a five-year-old boy to a chair to punish him for misbehaving has been stood aside while the case is investigated.