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Western Australia: State in Australia
Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, and the Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east, and South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia's largest state, with a total land area of 2,529,875 square kilometres, and the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia's Sakha Republic. The state has about 2.6 million inhabitants – around 11 percent of the national total – of whom the vast majority live in the south-west corner, 79 per cent of the population living in the Perth area, leaving the remainder of the state sparsely populated.

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Firefighters battle out-of-control WA fire

Thousands of properties have been saved from bushfires burning out of control north of Perth, but lives and homes remain under threat.
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Homes still at risk as fires burn across Western Australia

Thousands of properties have been saved from a bushfire burning out-of-control north of Perth, but lives and homes remain under threat.
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Videos for Western Australia


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Women's Skydiving team sets national record for a large multi-point formation

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'Why I supported my husband's decision to end his life'

The Western Australian government says its new assisted dying laws give terminally ill patients the choice to die on their own terms, while critics say they put people at risk. This is Margo and..
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Out-of-control WA bushfire threatens homes and lives

An out-of-control bushfire that has already destroyed a service station remains a threat to lives and homes on Perth's northern fringe.
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'Momentous': Tears and hugs as Western Australia legalises voluntary assisted dying

Voluntary assisted dying laws have been formally approved by the West Australian parliament.
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WA set to become second state to pass voluntary assisted dying laws

Premier Mark McGowan says it will be a significant moment for Western Australia when voluntary assisted dying laws are formally approved by the parliament.
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WA to sign off on voluntary assisted dying

Premier Mark McGowan says it will be a significant moment for Western Australia when voluntary assisted dying laws are formally approved by the parliament.
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Assisted dying bill leaves sick and elderly open to coercion

Set to pass this week, the Western Australian law will be more liberal than the Victorian version.
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WA assisted dying laws pass the upper house

The upper house of the West Australian parliament has voted 24-11 in favour of the voluntary assisted dying bill, virtually ensuring it will be legalised.
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WA assisted dying laws nearing finish line

The upper house of the West Australian parliament could vote on the voluntary assisted dying bill as early as Thursday night.
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Exclusive beach access for native title holders heading to High Court

The federal and Western Australian governments are heading to the High Court to test whether exclusive beach access should fall within native title claims.
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Population decline linked to welfare cards

Researchers say people living in cashless debit card trial sites in WA and SA have been leaving town faster than those in similar towns across the outback.
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Researchers believe the cashless welfare card is leading to a population exodus

Researchers say people living in cashless debit card trial sites in WA and SA have been leaving town faster than those in similar towns across the outback.
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Exodus linked to cashless welfare cards

Researchers say people living in cashless debit card trial sites in WA and SA have been leaving town faster than those in similar towns across the outback.
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Climate activists set to disrupt WA mining conference

Climate activists insist they're committed to non-violent protests at the planned blockade of a major mining and resources conference in Perth.
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Claremont case 'cracked' with bottle DNA, court hears

The WA trial for accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards has heard how a Sprite bottle became the final piece of the prosecution puzzle.
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Liberal MP Andrew Hastie hits back at China, says he won't 'repent' for criticism

Western Australian MP Andrew Hastie says he will never apologise for criticising the Chinese Communist Party.
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How Western Australia can cut emissions to zero – and grow our economy

"As LNG demand begins to peak in Asia there would be a rising market for hydrogen and guess what? WA has all the technology, capacity and infrastructure."
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'Pulling the country backward': WA government fails to imagine a future state

This is a once-only opportunity for the government to advance a vision that could see WA become the state that turned itself around.
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What happens to an Australian coal town as the country turns to renewable energy?

Coal industry workers facing jobs cuts in Western Australia are demanding the federal government takes action to secure a future for regional communities. It's going to be a long road ahead, those..
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Mobile phones banned at WA schools to 'create the best possible learning environment'

Students at public schools in Western Australia will not be allowed to use mobile phones, smart watches, ear buds and tablets during school hours from 2020.
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Mobile phones banned at WA public schools

Students at public schools in Western Australia will not be allowed to use mobile phones, smart watches, ear buds and tablets during school hours from 2020.
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'Act immediately': Fire threatening lives, homes in Western Australia's north

An emergency bushfire warning has been issued for people in Western Australia's north as firefighters battle a blaze that has burnt about 1500 hectares.
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Perth mother faces court after allegedly murdering her two daughters

"The WA police are doing all that they can to investigate this matter and try and identify what it is that led to these tragic events," WA Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel said on Saturday.
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Perth mum remains under police guard after two daughters, six and 10, found dead

Western Australian police are continuing to investigate the deaths of two sisters, aged 6 and 10, who were found dead in their home; a woman is in custody.
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Investigation continues after Perth mum arrested over daughters’ deaths

Western Australian police are continuing to investigate the deaths of two sisters, aged 6 and 10, who were found dead in their home; a woman is in custody.
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WA couple home after Iranian prison time

An Australian couple held in a notorious Iranian prison for months after flying a drone is relieved to be back on home soil.
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'Public health emergency' as five measles cases in Perth's south confirmed

Health authorities in Western Australia say there's been five confirmed cases of measles in Perth's south.
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NSW man extradited over WA sex assault

A man has been extradited from New South Wales over an alleged sexual assault in Western Australia in 1990.
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'An historic day': WA lower house passes assisted dying bill

Western Australia's Legislative Assembly has passed voluntary assisted-dying laws after extensive debate, with the bill now proceeding to the upper house.
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HIV experts fear 'spitting laws' being misused by police

About 100 people a year have been forced to be tested for HIV in Western Australia since so-called spitting laws were introduced four years ago.
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'Why didn’t they use a Taser?': Family of woman shot dead by police want answers

An Indigenous woman is dead after she was shot by a West Australian police officer who was called to a home in Geraldton.
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Indigenous woman shot dead by police in Geraldton, Western Australia

An Indigenous woman is dead after she was shot by a West Australian police officer who was called to a home in Geraldton.
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Australian bloggers arrested in Iran identified as WA couple Jolie King and Mark Firkin

Two British-Australian women and an Australian man have been detained by authorities in Iran.
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WA one step closer to voluntary euthanasia after bill clears lower house

Western Australia's lower house has passed proposed assisted dying laws.
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Free ride or fair play? State government walks fine climate line

The West Australian government’s latest emissions policy step provokes everything from cautious optimism to cynical suspicion in increasingly anxious spectators.
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WA revealed to have largest gender pay gap in Australia

The national average difference between what women and men get paid each week is 14 per cent, with WA leading the pack at 21.8 per cent, according to new data.
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WA elder portrait wins people's Archibald

David Darcy's striking portrait of West Australian Aboriginal elder Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward has won the 2019 Archibald Prize people's choice award.
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Western Australia government brings on assisted dying bill

The West Australian parliament is debating voluntary assisted dying legislation which has some differences to the Victorian model.
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Western smart drumlines rollout could dwarf costs of eastern states: Fisheries

A confidential ministerial briefing suggests that when it comes to rolling out smart drumlines, WA and New South Wales are chalk and cheese.
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WA Liberal event skips welcome to country acknowledgement

There was no welcome to country at this weekend's WA Liberal conference, with the leader saying it's not meaningful to 'tick a box' to be politically correct.
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Former WA premier Geoff Gallop appointed to drug reform think tank

Former West Australian premier Geoff Gallop says he will be "knocking on the door of governments" in his push for drug decriminalisation.
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WA Liberal senator urges Newstart increase

Liberal senator Dean Smith has broken ranks with the federal government to call for an increase in Newstart.
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Bedford murders: Life sentence for WA man who killed wife, children and mother-in-law

Perth father Anthony Harvey who murdered his three young children, wife and mother-in-law has been sentenced to life in prison with no hope of being released.
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More strong quakes off Western Australia's north coast

More strong earthquakes have struck off Western Australia's north coast after Sunday's magnitude 6.6, which was felt from Darwin to Perth.
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Western Australia struck by 6.5 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake of a magnitude of 6.5 has hit off the West Australian coast.
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