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Trauma in the Kimberley: what life is like in remote indigenous communities

Policies are made in Canberra with the best of intentions, but in remote Western Australia, the outcome is very different to what politicians imagined. East Kimberley Homelessness Project co-ordinator Rachelle Irving details life on the ground.

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CRIKEY INTERN | WA | 3

Crikey Clarifier: how can the government ‘close down’ WA communities?

The WA government has announced it will close down some remote indigenous communities. Is that legal? And what will happen to the people living there? Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts reports.

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GUY RUNDLE | WA |

Rundle: WA’s Aboriginal plan straight-up racism

Half of white rural Australia is a drain, but we overwhelmingly agree that we want it to persevere, because people live there, have made lives rich in tradition and memory there. The attack on Aboriginal Australia is about skin colour, plain and simple.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | WA |

State 7.30 shows under threat, but still more popular than Leigh Sales

The loss of the local editions of 7.30, which used to be called Stateline, have prompted a fierce reaction, and a look at the ratings helps reveal why.

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WILLIAM BOWE | WA |

Nats v Libs in battle for the chair-sniffer’s seat

The Labor Party is uncompetitive in the south-western WA seat of Vasse, but the Nationals and Liberals are giving it all they’ve got.

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Australian states are losing their AAA ratings. Should we panic?

Don’t worry about the AAA rating, writes economist and University of Queensland academic John Quiggin. It’s of little consequence for the day-to-day running of a state.

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WILLIAM BOWE | WA |

Poll Bludger: chair-sniffer’s resignation robs Labor of an enduring gift

Yesterday morning, former Western Australian treasurer Troy Buswell resigned, ending his political career on his own terms. Unfortunately for Labor, the resulting byelection is unlikely to further ruffle the state’s already embattled Liberal government.

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PADDY MANNING | WA |

Why is Colin Barnett the only one who wants a gas hub at James Price Point?

James Price Point looms as another zombie fossil fuel project — but that’s not stopping the WA Premier.

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CRIKEY INTERN | WA |

Is Dick Warburton already scaring off renewable energy investors?

A Californian algae producer has mysteriously abandoned its $300 million Pilbara project, writes freelance journalist Kerry Faulkner.

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BERNARD KEANE | WA |

McClure report fails on key issue of low-income housing

Access to housing is a key issue in welfare reform that has been missed by the McClure report

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BERNARD KEANE | WA |

Essential: support for curbs on political ads, voters down on Palmer

Voters strongly support caps on political advertising spending, today’s Essential Report shows, and they’re not enthusiastic about Clive Palmer having the Senate balance of power.

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BERNARD KEANE | WA |

The good, the bad and the ugly of the WA Senate re-run

The WA senate byelection on the weekend has produced three very different, and symbolic, examples of current trends in Australian politics. Some of it is good, but much of it is ugly politicking.

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WILLIAM BOWE | WA |

Palmer, Greens win the West — now Abbott must play ball

The major parties had an unprecedented 58% of the vote in a clear sign voters are looking for alternatives. The Greens, who outspent Labor and the Coalition, were big winners, as was Palmer United.

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Clown prince: how Clive Palmer bought himself a WA media frenzy

Palmer’s spent half a million on ads. And for those who don’t watch ads, he’s spent weeks playing the buffoon, earning him more coverage than any other party running on Saturday, write Myriam Robin and Ania Dutka.

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WILLIAM BOWE | WA |

Palmer, Ludlam … and pot? Who can win the Senate in the wild west

The recall Western Australian Senate election is effectively a race for three seats — and Clive Palmer will probably decide it one way or another. Crikey’s polling analyst previews the race.

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GM canola in an organic field could signal winds of change

Would you eat genetically modified food? If a landmark legal case in Western Australia rules one way, you may not even know. Freelance journalist Tim Oliver explains the crop fight out West.

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WILLIAM BOWE | WA |

Libs likely the losers as WA heads to the polls … again

Western Australians get another crack at the Senate election, and their dissatisfaction with the Abbott government is likely to translate into a win for the Left. But will it matter for the Abbott government?

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CRIKEY INTERN | WA |

When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

Victoria and South Australia will finally expunge those convicted of consensual gay sex. So will other states follow? Crikey intern Broede Carmody examines the roadmap.

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WILLIAM BOWE | WA |

Poll Bludger: Griffith, state polls to test Abbott government mettle

Three state elections and some important byelections are likely to test voters’ loyalty to the newly minted Abbott government. Crikey’s resident polling analyst previews the electoral year.

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CRIKEY INTERN | WA |

Return of the chair sniffer? How Barnett screwed it up so badly

Colin Barnett rose from the political ashes to win the WA state election by a landslide, but now he’s facing a leadership spill against him. Perth journalist Tim Oliver asks: how did it all go wrong?

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WILLIAM BOWE | WA |

How Julian Assange could become a WA senator

The High Court is almost certainly going to call for a fresh election in WA. That means a fresh set of candidates — and Julian Assange could have another tilt at the Senate.

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WILLIAM BOWE | WA |

Sorry, WA, you’re going back to the polls (don’t blame the AEC)

There may be just one or two votes between two of the minor parties in the Western Australian Senate election, so voters will be heading back to the polls. But that doesn’t mean the system is broken.

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WILLIAM BOWE | WA |

How to avoid a fresh WA Senate election

With 1375 votes missing, will Western Australians be forced back to the polls over the disputed Senate result? The courts will decide, but our resident psephologist says it could be avoided.

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Sovereign risk at last? WA Premier threatens Browse venture

If you’re looking for sovereign risk in the resources sector, look no further than Colin Barnett’s threat to shutter the Browse project. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Economic reality mugs the Liberal economic agenda

The downgrade of Western Australia’s credit rating illustrates how governments can’t merely talk about fiscal discipline, they need to show it. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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