Labor’s inaction on ambulance ramping evident in St John’s report

The Opposition has said the ‘Delivery of Ambulance Services in Western Australia: Critical Condition’ report tabled today has highlighted record ambulance ramping, caused by a lack of investment in WA’s health system by Labor over the past five years. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said while the report highlighted issues for St John’s Ambulance WA to…

Shoddy COVID-19 contact tracing privacy and data protection

“The Auditor-General’s report into privacy protection surrounding WA’s COVID-19 contact tracing system has laid bare the McGowan Government’s shoddy neglect of Western Australians’ personal data,” said WA Liberal Leader and Shadow Minister for Science, Innovation & ICT, Dr David Honey MLA. The WA Auditor-General’s report has revealed what everyone already knew to be true, that…

Budget silence on child and parent centres

The McGowan Labor Government has missed a golden opportunity through this year’s State Budget to support the establishment of additional Child and Parent Centres to help more families with young children across Western Australia. Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning Donna Faragher said the State Budget remained silent on the establishment of more centres and…

State Budget reveals agriculture not a priority for McGowan Labor Government

The Opposition has welcomed the Government’s $25 million commitment to a new agriculture project called ‘The Western Australian Agricultural Collaboration (WAAC)’ but seeks clarity on its objectives. Shadow Agriculture and Food Minister Colin de Grussa said while he acknowledged the WAAC seeks to partner research bodies and universities, there was still a lack of detail…

Assaults and physical threatening behaviour against school staff continue to increase

Figures released this week in State Parliament show a continuing high number of assaults and physical threatening behaviour against school staff in West Australian public schools.   Shadow Education and Training Minister Peter Rundle said the concerning figures released in response to parliamentary questions asked by the Opposition in the Legislative Council demonstrated that more…

McGowan Government silent as Banksia Hill Detention Centre suffers self-harm pandemic

Shadow Minister for Corrective Services, the Hon Peter Collier MLC, has called on the McGowan Government for answers into widespread self-harm plaguing Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre. Banksia Hill, which serves as the only youth detention facility in Western Australia, has seen a nearly 140 percent increase in incidences of self-harm since 2019 alone. “The…

McGowan Government should invest to expand seniors village

The Opposition has called on the McGowan Government to invest in increasing independent living units in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in tomorrow’s State Budget, which is expected to post another multi-billion-dollar surplus. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said investing in accommodation like Pringle Village allowed seniors from Kalgoorlie and surrounding towns to remain close to family and friends as…

Increased funds for PATS needed to support regional West Australians

Opposition Leader Mia Davies said it was vital for the McGowan Government to increase funding for the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme, especially as cost-of-living pressures were biting regional West Australians’ back-pockets. “It’s a miserly Government that refuses to support country patients who are forced to travel when the McGowan Government hands down what we know…

WA households now being disconnected every 30 minutes for non-payment of power bills

The spiralling cost of living pressures West Australians are now enduring has been highlighted by new figures that show one home in the State is being disconnected from power every thirty minutes because of non-payment of electricity bills. Dr David Honey, WA Liberal Leader said tomorrow’s State Budget had to urgently alleviate these cost-of-living pressures…

Premier sheepish on live export

Thousands of hard-working West Australians who rely on the live sheep trade for their livelihood are in a state of confusion after a week of uncertainty with Labor Members flip-flopping in their support for the sector. Shadow Agriculture and Food Minister Colin de Grussa has warned regional communities against trusting Labor, after the Premier refused…

State Budget must include plan for reliable electricity access for Western Australians

Western Australian’s suffering throughout this summer’s heatwave along with intermittent power outages courtesy of a long-neglected electrical grid system, show that this State Budget must begin to fix the problem. WA Liberal Leader and Shadow Energy Minister, Dr David Honey MLA, said the issue can only be turned around by heavy investment into the electrical…

McGowan figures just don’t add up

The Shadow Treasurer Dr Steve Thomas has called into question comments attributed to the Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan in the media on Sunday, 8 May. “Apparently Mark McGowan stated that “since coming to power in 2017, his Government has saved $2.5 billion in interest payments by reducing debt”” Dr Thomas said. “It’s a bold…

Labor’s domestic violence budget announcement falls short

The Opposition has welcomed a State Government commitment of additional funding to combat domestic violence but said there is more to be done. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said Labor’s announcement missed an opportunity to support established services like DVassist, an organisation offering support for regional victims of family and domestic violence. “Likewise, we know that…

Life should mean life for “Granny Killer”

The release of ‘Granny Killer’, Anthony Lauritsen, represents a shocking dereliction of duty by Attorney General John Quigley, for the safety of our community and with callous disregard for Lauritsen’s family who are left reeling and fearful,” said Shadow Attorney General, Nick Goiran. Lauritsen’s premeditated and sadistic murder of his own grandmother and her pet…

Another change in business compensation welcome as an acknowledgment of previous failures

Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Small Business Dr Steve Thomas says he again welcomes the State Government’s announcement of yet more changes to their business support packages, saying the changes are yet another acknowledgment of the inadequacy. “A month ago, the Premier had to partially correct his compensation packages because they were too hard…

Sibma slams secrecy about red tape reduction squad

Shadow Environment Minister, Tjorn Sibma, has criticised the McGowan Government’s arrogant and piecemeal responses to parliamentary questions about whether it had recruited 150 ‘frontline’ public servants to ‘speed up project approvals’; a key $120 million announcement in last year’s State Budget. A report by the Chair of the Streamline WA steering committee recently published on…

More funds needed for timber communities

After extensive and ongoing criticism, the WA Government have today attempted to improve the Business Transition Program offered to hardwood timber sawmills and harvesters. The previous business support package was rejected by the industry and was labelled as “offensive” and “deplorable” by FIFWA Chief Executive Officer, Ms Adele Farina. However, forestry communities are still in…