Hastings Yangibana project – boost for jobs & growth in Gascoyne & Onslow with Federal Government $140m loan

Member for North West Central, Vince Catania has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to allocate $140 million through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) for the construction of the Hastings Yangibana rare earth project in the Gascoyne region. Vince said “I’ve been lobbying the Federal Government to assist the Hastings Yangibana project with NAIF funding…

Unsettled schools and families deserve assurance after Labor’s backflip

The Opposition has criticised the Premier and Minister for Education’s claim they are providing certainty for parents, following the shutdown of a Perth primary school due to COVID-19. Shadow Education Minister Peter Rundle said the Labor Government needed to provide clear advice around isolation requirements for teachers and students, as confusion remained. “The Government’s ‘first…

Independent inquiry into Western Power and Horizon Power needed

The Opposition has today launched Parliament’s first e-petition, calling for an independent inquiry into WA’s regional electricity network today, following months of power disruptions which have frustrated families and businesses. Member for Moore Shane Love MLA said this summer had been “one of the worst ever” for power delivery in the Mid West, with thousands…

Strict deadline for entry unfair for international students

The Opposition has slammed the Labor Government’s strict deadline of midnight on Friday for international students to arrive in Australia for their studies and labelled the move unfair. Shadow Minister for Education and Training Peter Rundle has been inundated with calls from the international education sector regarding the changed rules for returning students. “Mark McGowan…

Confusion and uncertainty remain for families as Term One begins

The Opposition has slammed the Labor Government for delivering confusing and convoluted definitions for close contacts in school settings, as students prepare to go to school. Shadow Education Minister Peter Rundle said the definitions and the isolation requirements announced on Friday for students and teachers was bewildering. “There are still many questions that were left…

Pressure on Wheatbelt health amid COVID exposure and contract expiry

Merredin District Hospital will face increased pressure following the expiry of funding for a local nurse practitioner, and more recently, confirmation of a COVID-19 exposure site in the community. Shadow Minister for Regional Health Martin Aldridge MLC wrote to the Health Minister in December requesting urgent assistance to retain a nurse practitioner in the eastern…