Broome’s Cara Peek takes out national title for prestigious Rural Women’s Award

Opposition Leader Mia Davies has congratulated Yawuru Bunuba woman Cara Peek on becoming the 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award National Winner. Ms Davies said Ms Peek, a Broome-based lawyer, entrepreneur and social innovator, was an outstanding selection by the judges, up against other inspirational women from around the nation. “The Rural Women’s Award celebrates what…

Raising awareness about developmental language disorder

On Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day, Shadow Minister for Early Learning Donna Faragher is adding her strong support to this year’s campaign #ThinkLanguage #ThinkDLD. Mrs Faragher said the Day provided an important opportunity to recognise DLD, a communication disability that affects two children in the average Australian classroom. “DLD emerges in early childhood and…

Isolation room flaws leave regional hospitals and communities at risk of COVID-19

Design constraints mean portable isolation rooms purchased by the State Government to protect regional hospitals and communities from COVID-19 may not be functional. Shadow Minister for Regional Health Martin Aldridge said he was shocked after questioning in Parliament revealed the SafeSpear portable isolation equipment deployed by the Health Department to Geraldton Regional Hospital was unusable.…

Andrew Forrest calls out Labor Government for WA being left behind in green hydrogen race

In his address to the National Press Club today Andrew Forrest called out Premier Mark McGowan, State Development Minister Roger Cook and Hydrogen Minister Alannah MacTiernan as being collectively responsible for Western Australia missing out in billions of dollars in green hydrogen investment. This week, Andrew Forrest announced plans to establish a $1 billion green…

Roger Cook, Alannah MacTiernan must be stripped of Portfolios

State Development Minister Roger Cook and Hydrogen Minister Alannah MacTiernan must be stripped of their portfolios following yesterday’s announcement that Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest is establishing one of the world’s largest hydrogen-equipment manufacturing plants in Queensland, instead of WA. “It defies belief that Andrew Forrest would choose to establish a $1 billion green hydrogen manufacturing in…

Labor Government missing in action for State’s $11 billion ag sector

The Opposition has blasted Labor’s failure to act to avoid ships carrying millions-of-dollars of essential agricultural and mining machinery as well as other goods being diverted to the east coast. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the Labor Government had been missing in action when it came to supporting the State’s grains industry in particular, who…

Labor fails to play the long game to protect and support events industry

Shadow Minister for Tourism and Commerce Vince Catania has described Labor’s disregard for the events industry as ‘short-sighted’, stating tourism and hospitality industries and related small businesses deserved as much support as a national sporting event. “It’s cognisant of a Government that does not understand the intricacies of the industry, and the crucial link events…

Synergy financial losses revealed

Synergy’s Annual Report released today highlights the state-owned corporation made a statutory loss after tax of $263.5 million last financial year. “This loss is on top of the $656.9 million loss two years earlier”, said Liberal Leader and Shadow Energy Minister David Honey. “In the Budget Estimates hearings, Bill Johnston has also highlighted a further…

Labor’s lack of attention towards tourism industry shows disregard for business operators and regional WA

Shadow Minister for Tourism Vince Catania has described Labor responses to Budget Estimates questions relating to tourism as ‘disappointing and bordering on irresponsible while failing to address key areas in urgent need of assistance.’ Mr Catania said despite our State’s record $5.6 billion budget surplus during a pandemic, the Labor Government had failed to help…

Call for urgent appointment of a full-time Child Protection Minister

Shadow Minister for Child Protection Nick Goiran is calling for the immediate appointment of a full-time Child Protection Minister following the Minister’s breathtaking lack of awareness displayed in today’s Estimates Hearings conducted by the Legislative Assembly. Despite the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s damning report Independent Review of Department of Communities policies and practices…

Opposition appalled at Labor cutting down regional jobs in forestry industry

The Opposition has condemned Labor’s decision to put an end to the native forestry industry with no consultation and no care for the jobs and communities the sector supports. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said this was a direct attack on an industry that was sustainably managed with rigorous environmental oversight and created hundreds of jobs.…