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WA Nats Welcome Royal Commission but Want Terms of Reference Expanded

The Nationals WA have called for the Royal Commission into aged care be expanded to investigate the critical shortage of age-appropriate housing and care providers in regional Western Australia.

Spokesperson for seniors and ageing Peter Rundle congratulated the Prime Minister for calling the Royal Commission, saying poor aged care outcomes were consistently raised with Nationals MPs when they travelled across the State.

Mr Rundle has written to both Mr Morrison and Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt to request the terms of reference be expanded.

“The current model of aged care in regional WA is not suitable and The Nationals would like the scope of the Royal Commission widened to investigate this,” he said.

Mr Rundle said work undertaken by his Nationals colleague Terry Redman, the former Minister for Regional Development, in commissioning the Ageing in the Bush Report in 2016, had found alarming gaps in aged care.

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Government Fails to Back Review into Emergency Services Training

25 September 2018

The McGowan Government has let down emergency services personnel once again, after failing to support a review into emergency services training.

Nationals WA spokesperson for emergency services Colin de Grussa moved a motion in Parliament last week calling on the State Government to review emergency services training.

The motion called for the provision of nationally accredited and recognised training in WA that is developed in consultation with each of the volunteer emergency service associations.

Mr de Grussa said he and his Nationals colleagues had been meeting with emergency services groups across the State over the last several months.

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de Grussa: Community Must Have Their Say

17 September 2018

Member for the Agricultural Region Hon Colin de Grussa encourages the Esperance community to make sure they have their say on the replacement jetty designs before the 21 September 2018 cut off.

The Shire of Esperance recently released draft concept designs for a 400m jetty that incorporates a timber historic section, a cement fishing jetty, a widened jetty head and a lowered diving deck. The designs were developed by experienced heritage architect firm H+H Architects. 

Mr de Grussa said that the community had expressed concerns with previous concept designs, and congratulated the community on being active to ensure a good design outcome. 

“I believe that the concept design being proposed by H+H Architecture is a good design, which recognises the important heritage aspects of our beloved tanker jetty while creating a functional new jetty that will be iconic in its own right,” Mr de Grussa said.

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de Grussa: Minister Needs to Move From Obsession to Understanding

The Nationals WA have called for the Minister for Agriculture to focus on the real issues facing the industry, instead of pedalling her left-leaning agenda.  

At the Dowerin Machinery Field Days this week the Minister for Agriculture announced the Department for Primary Industries and Regional Development would be conducting research at the Wongan Hills Research Station into regenerative agriculture.

Regenerative agriculture is an approach to food and farming systems that rejects pesticides and artificial fertilizers.

The Nationals WA Spokesperson for Agriculture Hon Colin de Grussa MLC slammed the decision, saying it was time for the Minister to move on from her obsession with unproven farming practices.

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Inquiry into non-registered accommodation providers

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman and the Nationals WA believe the State Government needs to take a leadership role in finding a workable solution regarding the use of online booking platforms by non-registered holiday home operators.

“I have had significant feedback on the issue of unregistered accommodation places, and claims that there is not a level playing field compared to commercial accommodation providers,” Mr Redman said.


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Love acts to secure Federal funds for Moora College

Member for Moore Shane Love MLA has written to the Leader of the Federal Nationals and Minister for Regional Development, calling on Minister McCormack to secure the $8.7million Federal funding for the Moora College, announced on September 4.

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In Moore with Love - September 2018

The 2018 show season got underway on August 17 with big crowds at the Perenjori Show. Since then we’ve had the Mingenew Expo, Dowerin Field Day and shows at Mullewa and Chapman Valley, with Northampton, Moora and Toodyay Shows yet to come. Please drop in to the Nationals tent and say hello.

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de Grussa & Rundle Call for Agriculture to Unite to Rebuild Trust


Peter Rundle MLA and Hon Colin de Grussa MLA at the 2018 LambEx Conference

The Nationals WA agriculture and food spokesman Colin de Grussa has called on the industry to unite to create a ‘one stop shop’ for trusted information on agriculture.

During his Nuffield Scholarship study tour in 2014, Mr de Grussa met with the British National Farmers’ Union and its German equivalent, who have established themselves as the reliable source for facts and education on agriculture, and has advocated for a similar organisation in Australia since.

“Our industry currently faces a crisis, where the general population are bombarded with information – or misinformation – related to the ‘evils’ of live export, factory farming, GM, environmental issues and other emotive topics,” Mr de Grussa said.

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Roe Aged Care Projects Finally Receive Funding

29 June 2018

Member for Roe Peter Rundle has welcomed the Labor Government’s funding for aged care projects across Roe that will allow regional senior citizens to remain in their communities.   

Broomehill, Cranbrook, Katanning and Kojonup communities will share in $13.1 million to build and expand accommodation, while the Cuballing, Wickepin and Narrogin communities will receive a share of $160 000 to further develop business cases for aged care projects.

Mr Rundle said that he was pleased the McGowan Government had finally started supporting the aging population in regional Western Australia.

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Labor Fails to Recognise Importance of Heritage Jetties

27 June 2018

Member for Roe Peter Rundle says he is bitterly disappointed that Labor failed to support an amendment to the Heritage Bill that would have seen the future of the state’s three remaining jetties protected in legislation.

During debate yesterday Member for North West Central Vince Catania moved an amendment calling for the Carnarvon One Mile Jetty, the Esperance Tanker Jetty and the Busselton Jetty to be protected and preserved to ensure the long-term sustainability of the jetties.

Mr Rundle said he was frustrated that the McGowan Government voted against the amendment.  

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