VLocity trains run at speeds of up to 160km/h on four Victorian regional lines.
More than half a century after the first high-speed trains began running overseas, Australia is still waiting for the long-promised service. Right now, faster rail is a better short-term prospect.
Corals at Scott Reef in 2012, and at the same site during the 2016 mass bleaching.
The Western Australian coral reefs may not be as well known as the Great Barrier Reef, but they're just as large and diverse. And they too have been devastated by cyclones and coral bleaching.
The Enderby Island ship image depicting His Majesty’s Cutter Mermaid, which visited the Dampier Archipelago in 1818.
Courtesy: Murujuga Dynamics of the Dreaming ARC Project
An image of a ship on a rock in Western Australia's Dampier Archipelago depicts HMC Mermaid – the main vessel of Phillip Parker King, an unsung hero of Australian exploration.
Morrison has been campaigning in Western Australia this week.
William Bowe on the state of election play in WA.
Western Australia-based William Bowe, who runs The Poll Bludger website, says "there is a feeling that there is a Labor resurgence in the state".
The Western Australian outback may look bare at first glance, but it’s teeming with wildlife, often beneath the surface.
Stygofauna, Australian animals that live in underground water, are under threat from the newly approved uranium mine.
Shark Bay was hit by a brutal marine heatwave in 2011.
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Everyone knows the Great Barrier Reef is in peril. But a continent away, Western Australia's Shark Bay is also threatened by marine heatwaves that could alter this World Heritage ecosystem forever.
New legislation in WA might provide reassurance to victims of crime, but risks political interference when it comes to deciding who gets parole.
Under new WA legislation, the state's attorney-general has the power to order serial killers and mass murders remain in jail, sometimes without judicial review.
Beginning on Saturday, West Australia's short, intense abalone season will be open for a total of four hours.
An unconventional gas valve in WA’s Kimberley region, which has been newly opened up to fracking.
The Western Australian government's decision to green-light fracking in selected areas aims to walk a line between industry interests and community opposition. But across Australia the picture varies widely.
A wild dingo from the Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia.
The WA government has announced plans to reclassify dingoes as no different to wild dogs - paving the way for them to be culled at will. But dingoes are unique and deserve to be recognised as such.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says the present system is out of kilter and needs reform.
To make a concession to the coal lobby would flout the technology-neutral foundation of the NEG and have much more serious implications than throwing in some money to boost the GST pool.
The Fitzroy River in flood in 2017.
The new Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council aims to overcome a management problem faced by many traditional owners: the fact that major rivers flow through lands home to many different groups and languages.
The 35 m-diameter dish antenna of ESA’s deep-space tracking station at New Norcia, Western Australia.
Australia occupies a unique location vital for supporting NASA and ESA deep-space missions.
Victoria has led the way in upgrading intercity rail services with medium-speed VLocity trains that have a cruising speed of 160km/h.
High-speed rail for Australia has been on the drawing boards since the mid-1980s but has come to nothing. Three states are developing medium-speed rail with federal funding, but NSW is missing out.
In the field studying the rock association in the Doolena Gap greenstone belt, 30 km north of Marble bar in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The remote Pilbara region of Western Australian formed many billions of years ago when the Earth was much hotter and the crust softer than it is today.
The Victorian mountain ash forest has been severely affected by fires and logging. To determine the actual health of the forest, we need to look at the quality, not just the quantity of what remains.
In the aftermath of fires or logging, conservation needs to focus on recovering the health of the remaining vegetation, not just the size of the forest or woodland.
An echidna in the Western Granites at Jam Tree Gully.
On his bush block in the WA wheatbelt, poet John Kinsella attempts habitat restoration and reflects on the responsibilities of the writer as a witness to species loss.
Colin Barnett has rejected calls for him to step down as an MP.
Should defeated party leaders stay in parliament? Former Western Australian premier Colin Barnett is an interesting case in point.
Sophia Forrest as Eli in Let the Right One In.
Photo credit Daniel J Grant
Based on the 2004 novel, Let the Right One is a bloody staging of a vampire romance. Except in this show, the predator is a teenage girl.
Contrary to popular belief, sex workers were more likely than not to report that their work enhanced their wellbeing.
The study shows the negative effects of sex work's criminalisation, including a reluctance of workers to go to police and clients using it as an excuse to abuse workers.