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Minister for Sport Turns His Back on Regional WA

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray confirmed his complete lack of respect for regional WA in Parliament yesterday, turning his back on the regional constituents he claims to represent.

Nationals WA Sport and Recreation Spokesperson Peter Rundle MLA said the Minister was unable to answer a question about how closing regional camp schools would limit access to sport and recreation opportunities – a key element of his portfolio responsibility.

“The best response the Minister was able to give to the question was that camp schools ‘were not in his area’,” Mr Rundle said.

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Nationals Call for Inquiry Into Rushed Animal Welfare Legislation

The Nationals WA are calling for animal welfare legislation introduced by the State Government to be investigated by a parliamentary committee.

The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2017 seeks to bring WA into line with other states through adoption of the Australian Animal Welfare (National) Standards Guidelines (NSG).

Agriculture spokesman Colin de Grussa said while The Nationals joined industry in being broadly supportive of implementing NSG in WA, several areas of concern had been raised by stakeholders during consultation.

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'Exit' Money from Cliffs Should be Returned to Esperance

1 Feburary 2018 

Member for Roe Peter Rundle MLA has called for any money given to the State Government as Cliffs Natural Resources exit its Kooyanobbing operations to fund projects in the Esperance region.

According to documents filed by Cliffs last year with ASIC, contractual obligations include take-or-pay contracts to ship a minimum 7.5 million tonnes of iron ore a year through Esperance Port until 2030.

Mr Rundle said any money paid by Cliffs to the State Government under this contract should be used to fast-track key infrastructure projects in communities most affected by the closures.

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McGowan Ministers Bow to Unions Again

Nationals WA Emergency Services spokesman Colin de Grussa MLC has called the McGowan Government’s latest capitulation to union influence a “disgrace”.

The Labor Government recently announced that the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Office of Emergency Management will integrate, removing the OEM’s capacity to provide independent oversight.

“This is yet another example of the Labor Government being dictated to by the unions, and proves the premier has all the authority of a wet lettuce leaf.

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Regional Labor MPs fail Moore on education cuts

The Labor Government’s regional MPs have failed to convince their Perth colleagues to reverse a suite of nasty cuts to education services in Moore.

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Country kids take back seat to Metronet

The Nationals WA Member for the Agricultural Region and former Head Boy at Central Midlands Senior High School and Moora Residential College Hon Martin Aldridge MLC says regional WA will continue to fight for its only residential college between Perth and Geraldton.

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Labor spends up big on Perth dog parks while Moore misses out

The McGowan Government lavished almost $15 million worth of election promises on Labor-held Perth seats last year while the rural seat of Moore received absolutely nothing in Local Project Local Jobs funding.

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Moora College upgrade funds available: Love

Member for Moore Shane Love MLA has slammed claims by Labor MLC Darren West that there was no funding allocation to upgrade the Moora Residential College when Labor came to power in March 2017.

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Free flags for local groups

With Australia Day fast approaching, The Nationals WA Member for the Agricultural Region Martin Aldridge MLC has urged any not-for-profit or community groups with an upcoming Australia Day celebration to contact his office to arrange a free State flag for the occasion.

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NATIONALS WA: FIGHTING FOR MOORA

December 2017 was undoubtedly was one of my lowest points in five years representing the Agricultural Region. On December 11, the Labor Government announced plans for a new inner-city school in Subiaco at a cost of $68 million. By December 13th the Minister for Education, with the Premier nowhere to be seen, was left to announce $64 million in education cuts in the name of budget repair.

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