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Labor puts city safety ahead of country lives

The Nationals WA have slammed Labor for putting the lives of city dwellers ahead of those in the bush after confirmation the McGowan Government pulled more than $10 million out of a road safety fund to pay for a new police helicopter.

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Eneabba memorial prompts heritage walk

The Eneabba community’s enthusiastic response to a memorial dedicated to its war service pioneers has prompted the town to take on a further project.

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Minister Fails to Commit to Esperance Port Employees

Member for Roe Peter Rundle has said that the Minister for Transport has merely paid lip service to Southern Ports Authority Port of Esperance employees following today’s resignation of SPA Chief Executive Officer.  

Mr Rundle questioned the Minister for Transport in Question Time today, asking what assurances the Minister could provide that this change in leadership will not disrupt efforts to secure new clients in Esperance.

“SPA staff in Esperance currently face huge uncertainty, and are experiencing poor workplace culture,” Mr Rundle said.

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The Nationals play key role in expanding construction training fund

A push by The Nationals WA to remove the resource industry's long-standing exemption from a training fund has been adopted by the McGowan Government.

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Aldridge questions use of road safety funds on helicopter

The Nationals WA spokesperson for Police and Road Safety Hon Martin Aldridge MLC has taken issue with the State Government’s direction of an independent road safety body to buy a new helicopter for the WA Police Force.

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WA budget gets poor reception

The Nationals WA spokesperson for regional communications Martin Aldridge MLC has slammed the McGowan Government for its lack of funding for mobile blackspots in regional Western Australia.

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Division Response Capacity Questionable: de Grussa

The Nationals WA emergency services spokesman Colin de Grussa says the Labor Government’s capacity to improve response to fire under its Rural Fire Division model remains unclear.

Mr de Grussa, who was briefed by the Minister this week and asked further questions in Parliament, said while the new model favourably focused on mitigation programs, there was little evidence to suggest emergency response would be bolstered.

“What we see is status quo for a large proportion of operational response including several associations and organisations under the same old operations arm of the Department,” he said.

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WA Labor Sells Out State's Sheep and Cattle Farmers

19 March 2018

Nationals WA Spokesperson for Agriculture Colin de Grussa MLC has supported industry concerns about the recent announcement that the Labor Government would consider privatising the Muchea Livestock Centre in order to fund the new Boyanup saleyard.

“Prior to the 2017 State Election, the Labor Government crowed about being anti-privatisation, yet 12 months later they’re considering privatising an important piece of agricultural infrastructure,” Mr de Grussa said.

“The Minister for Agriculture has also failed to properly consult with the industry, demonstrating a complete lack of understanding of the importance of the Muchea Saleyards to the farming community.

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Nationals to Introduce Jetty Protection Amendments to Heritage Bill

Nationals WA Members of Parliament Peter Rundle and Vincent Catania will introduce amendments to the Heritage Bill 2017 to preserve the state’s three remaining timber jetties.

Mr Rundle and Mr Catania have attempted to introduce specific legislation to protect the Esperance, Carnarvon and Busselton jetties, but this came to a halt after they received advice from the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office that the office was too busy giving priority to drafting Government legislation to allocate resources to this bill.

Mr Rundle said that while it was disappointing that the Government failed to provide the resources to draft the jetties protection bill, the jetties could still be protected by including an amendment to the Heritage Bill.

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Bill Removing Limitation for Child Sexual Abuse Claims Passes Parliament

Member for Roe Peter Rundle MLA has welcomed the passage of a bill that will remove a time limit on victims of sexual abuse bringing legal claims against the State or other organisations through Parliament.

The bill which passed both houses on Tuesday, will allow thousands of claimants to access fair reparations for acts of child sexual abuse that may have been perpetrated decades ago.

Mr Rundle said the passage of the bill meant victims could begin to make claims as soon as the State Government gives effect to the law.

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