Commissioner acts to give WA Police body-worn cameras

WA police officers will start using body-worn video cameras early next year after Commissioner Chris Dawson decided not to wait for State Government funding for the technology. “Body-worn cameras are now commonly used in other policing jurisdictions, with potential benefits including improved evidence gathering and a greater opportunity to capture …

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Sand mining plan alarms Wellard residents

A 20-year-old plan for a sand mine in Wellard is back on the table, alarming locals who fear the impact on the environment and their homes. Hanson Construction Materials wants Federal environmental approval for a mine at the site of the former Banksia Road rifle range. The proposal was approved …

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Charity boss calls for more compassion

The outgoing chief executive of Anglicare WA has urged West Australians to show more compassion for those people worse off, amid growing homelessness, domestic violence and relationship breakdowns. Ian Carter, who has been at the helm of the charity for almost 24 years, will announce today he will step down …

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Migrants flock to Perth’s sheep-paddock suburbs

Two hundred thousand residents have been added to Perth over the past seven years — and they have left their mark on the city in a variety of ways. A series of photographs by aerial photography firm Nearmap reveals how areas that were once sheep paddocks have become Perth’s newest …

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Accused killer driver freed to grieve for son

A young father weaved in and out of traffic and drove at 180km/h with a flat tyre before a horror freeway crash that killed his three-month-old son, a court was told yesterday. James Farmer, who is charged with manslaughter, was released from prison yesterday to grieve with his partner after …

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Subi stands may survive in oval revamp

Some stands at Subiaco Oval could be kept as part of the inner-city college and community sporting ground planned for the area. Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the school would form part of a wider transformation of Subiaco, with works in planning for the oval and the old Princess Margaret …

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WA threat to exit online NAPLAN

Education Minister Sue Ellery has threatened to pull WA schools out of online NAPLAN tests next year, saying she found the lack of clarity around reports of possible discrepancies in this year’s results “incredibly frustrating”. The national teachers’ union has called for an explanation after reports emerged yesterday the results …

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US congressman charged over Aust shares

A Republican US congressman from New York has been charged with taking part in an insider trading scheme involving an Australian biotechnology company on whose board he served. The case relates to Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd, where Christopher Collins, 68, one of President Donald Trump’s earliest supporters, sat on the board …

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NAB wants to pay least compo: commissioner

It is in National Australia Bank’s interests to pay the least amount possible to compensate customers charged fees for no service, the banking royal commissioner says. Barristers assisting the commission have accused NAB of withholding documents among the more than 3500 documents it provided about fees for no service. Commissioner …

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Rare set of mega shark teeth unearthed

A rare set of teeth from a prehistoric shark that was more than twice the size of the ferocious great white shark has been unearthed on Victoria’s coastline. The chance discovery of more than 40 teeth from a Carcharocles angustidens shark that lived 25 million years ago has excited palaeontologists …

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