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Labor betrays racing industry with WA TAB sale backflip

 The McGowan Government has betrayed Western Australia’s racing industry with its stunning backflip on the sale of the WA TAB.

 

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Nationals fight to retain independence of Regional Development Commissions

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman stated that he and his Nationals WA colleagues intend to fight for the retention and autonomy of the Development Commissions and the local employment of their staff.

 Prior to the election, the Labor Party stated that they supported the Regional Development Commissions, so it is interesting that so soon in Government Minister MacTiernan has stated that Development Commission staff will be employed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. 

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Where is the Federal funding for regional telecommunications?

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman, stated he was disappointed that the newly released Federal budget outlined underwhelming funding for mobile communication towers.

 “You would think that something as fundamental as regional communications would be a priority,” Mr Redman said.

 Up-to-date communication technology is vital for regional businesses, agricultural practices and tourism, as well as the safety of families.

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Terry Redman acknowledges volunteers

Volunteers – the lifeblood of our communities.

 

Speaking to many volunteers around the Warren-Blackwood, I often hear them say, “I get out of it more than I put in”.  This is such a humble response to the many hours they so generously contribute to our communities.

 

Friendship, connection, feeling useful and being valued – are all aspects of volunteering.  It is what motivates people to volunteer in the first place.

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Thank you from Hon Dave Grills MLC

With the final votes being counted from the State election, it appears that I have been unsuccessful in my bid to retain my Mining and Pastoral Region seat.

It has been an honour and a privilege to represent communities in the electorate and serve as their voice in State Parliament.

Among the many things for which I am grateful, enjoying the friendship and support from so many folk is at the top. I am humbled and proud to have served you to the best of my ability.

Thank you to my beautiful girls, Sue and Arddun, my wonderful family, steadfast friends and loyal constituents for your support over the last four years. You may never know how influential and important you have been.

I would like to thank every member of my brilliant staff and my colleagues who have worked alongside me and assisted me during my term in State Parliament.

Looking back at the last four years, I believe we have achieved a great deal together in the electorate. From the beginning, I took my direction from constituents and sought to fight for their interests in government. I am proud to have been part of a team that has delivered record investment to communities in the Goldfields-Esperance, Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West and Gascoyne regions.

Our flagship Royalties for Regions program has helped rebuild regional communities neglected by previous metro-centric governments. Real progress has been made in narrowing the gap between the city and the regions in terms of infrastructure and service provision.

From Wyndham to Esperance, communities across the vast Mining and Pastoral Region have shared in the nearly $7 billion invested through Royalties for Regions. Thanks to this strong regional development focus, there is now a sense of optimism in the regions that didn’t exist a decade ago.

This was always going to be a tough election, especially with a multi-million dollar scare campaign waged against the Nationals WA by the big miners. Irrespective of the outcome, this election has raised serious questions about the influence of multinational corporations and vested interests in WA's political process.

I am disappointed that I will not be able to complete all the projects and legislative reforms I have been working on. I also feel some trepidation about the future of regional WA. According to its Financial Management Plan released a day before the election, the incoming Labor government will slash $2.3 billion from Royalties for Regions over the next three years. This will hurt our regional communities.

One door has closed and I look forward to the opening of the next. I hope to serve regional WA in a different capacity. As I am fond of saying, change is a constant, development is optional.

We still have much to do and my Esperance office will be operational until May 22. I will continue to work on local issues in the electorate up until this date. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or the team as required.

Thank you.

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The Nationals WA condemn woeful GST share

Leader of The Nationals WA Mia Davies has condemned WA’s Federal Members of Parliament for failing to fight against the State’s disgraceful GST return.

Ms Davies questioned how WA’s Federal MPs had chosen not to use their influence in Parliament to get a better deal for their State, after it was yesterday revealed WA will only receive a pitiful 34 cents for every dollar it raises in 2017-18. 

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Labor lacks credibility on FIFO

Member for Mining and Pastoral Region Jacqui Boydell MLC has slammed the State Government for its weak comments on reducing Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) work practices in regional WA. 

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The Nationals WA unveil new leadership

The Nationals WA have today unveiled their new parliamentary leadership team.

The Nationals elected Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA to lead the Party, with Member for Mining and Pastoral Region Hon Jacqui Boydell MLC elected as Deputy Leader at a party room meeting earlier today. 

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Farewell to Winifred Piesse

Deputy Leader of The Nationals WA Mia Davies has paid tribute to the late Winifred Piesse, noting her legacy as the first woman to represent the Country Party in State Parliament. 

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Statement from Leader of The Nationals WA Brendon Grylls - Vote Nationals to save Royalties for Regions

 

Liberal Party election costings, released less than three days from polling day, have revealed what many suspected – the Liberals’ election promises are based on a massive 40 per cent cut to Royalties for Regions.

Last night, the Liberal Party confirmed at ten minutes to midnight what the Labor Party have been saying for weeks – that they are committed to change Royalties for Regions

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