Opinion: State’s agriculture and food sector suffering because State Government failed to react to pandemic fallout in time

By Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food and Member for Agricultural Region Colin de Grussa. Western Australia’s agriculture and food sector is the lifeblood of regional and rural communities, and as we know, this industry is vital to our State’s economy. So, with skilled worker shortages continuing to plague our farms, it begs the question…

Small businesses unable to access lockdown support under tough grant criteria

The Opposition has criticised the Labor Government’s criteria for the latest round of lockdown grants that leaves some small businesses behind and unable to access funding. Shadow Tourism Minister Vince Catania said the eligibility rules around the $3000 one-off cash grant is restricting companies who do not fall under certain industry categories. “The stipulated requirements mean…

Geraldton Hospital protocol breach leaves many unanswered questions

Shadow Regional Health Minister Martin Aldridge has demanded answers from the State Government after a breach in COVID-19 protocols at Geraldton Regional Hospital put frontline health workers and patients at risk this week. The incident occurred after a COVID-infected crew member was transferred from the MV Emerald Indah ship to Geraldton Regional Hospital. “It’s incredibly…

Premier’s ‘captain pick’ taints independence of CCC Commissioner

The Opposition has criticised the Labor Government’s decision to ram through legislation using its massive majority to install the Premier’s captain’s pick as the Corruption and Crime Commissioner. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the Premier had tainted the independence of the State’s top watchdog by side-stepping the appointment process laid out in the Corruption, Crime…

Opposition calls for further consultation prior to South Coast Bioregion Management Plan implementation

The Opposition has called on the Labor Government to undertake a further 12-month consultation period with small fishing operators prior to implementing the South Coast Bioregion Management Plan. Shadow Fisheries Minister Colin de Grussa said several small fishing operators in Albany and Esperance had continually raised concerns on the accessbility to the wet line managed…