Member for Roe calls on Labor to invest in life-saving heel prick test for newborn bubs

The Member for Roe has urged the Labor Government to quickly and efficiently rollout a continuing supply of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) tests across the State’s health system that could save the lives of West Australian newborns. In a grievance during Parliament today, Peter Rundle said a Katanning mother had shared her devastating experience with…

Labor must stop being secretive around the SafeWA app and start reassuring West Australians

The Opposition has raised concerns about the Labor Government rejecting and ignoring requests to provide easily obtainable data around the use of the SafeWA app. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the refusal to provide percentage break downs from West Australian venues of the number of check-ins compared to the number of attendees begged the question…

Australia’s big banks failing regional communities by closing early and shutting branches

The Nationals WA have voiced their dissent over major Australian banks choosing to reduce service operations in regional WA following revelations Commonwealth Bank were severely cutting opening hours across 90 rural branches. Local Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies said the decision sent the wrong signal to hard-working communities who deserved face-to-face services all day,…

Opposition welcomes funding package for Seroja-affected communities

The Opposition has welcomed the record $104 million disaster recovery package being made available to communities impacted by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja, jointly funded by the State and Federal Government.    Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the recovery package was much needed given the communities impacted were still reeling from the most significant natural disaster WA had seen in recent years.   “It has been more than 100…

Cyclone-affected communities need extra financial help more than 100 days since Seroja hit

The Opposition has expressed its disappointment in the little financial assistance for cyclone-affected communities, more than 100 days since Tropical Cyclone Seroja crossed Western Australia’s coast. Acting Opposition Leader and Member for Moore Shane Love said while some funding has been provided, support for the impacted towns and regions have been left wanting by the…

Opposition: Concerning rise in teenagers’ mental wellbeing must be immediately addressed

The Opposition has raised concerns over the high number of adolescents experiencing emotional distress and called on the Labor Government to immediately increase funding to help struggling secondary students. Shadow Education and Training Minister Peter Rundle said the concerning results of the DETECT report – the largest study of school student wellbeing ever undertaken in…