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Labor continues to sideline Moora Residential College

The Labor Government is refusing to acknowledge the pain its plan to shut Moora Residential College will cause despite hundreds of protestors travelling from the Central Midlands and across regional WA to protest against its closure at Parliament.

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Historic Jetties Left to Rot by Lack of Legislators

Attempts to preserve the state’s three remaining timber jetties from Nationals WA Members of Parliament Peter Rundle and Vincent Catania have been hamstrung by a lack of resources being made available by the Labor Government.

Mr Rundle and Mr Catania had commenced the process for protecting the Esperance, Carnarvon and Busselton jetties through legislation, 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 the legislative drafters were meant to be available for the use of all parties, not just the Government.

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Divert funds to Kalbarri wave energy project: Love

Member for Moore Shane Love MLA has called on the State Government to divert more than $15 million funding for a wave energy plant at Albany to Kalbarri.

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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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