The Nationals WA Member for Mining and Pastoral Region, Jacqui Boydell has reiterated the need for a bipartisan approach in these uncertain times.
Ms Boydell said the Nationals WA were working hard to understand the issues facing the regions in relation to COVID-19, and take those concerns to the Labor Government.
“In times of emergency, particularly in relation to the current pandemic, government decisions need to be made in a timely fashion, much faster than in ordinary times, sometimes resulting in confusion and misinformation circulating,” Ms Boydell said.
“Where this has occurred in relation to regional issues, the Nationals WA have brought it to the attention of the Labor Government who, to their credit, have listened to and acted upon our concerns.
“We have worked collaboratively with the government at every stage of this pandemic, highlighting issues, suggesting ways forward, and importantly, supporting the tough decisions being made, particularly around border restrictions.
“Very early on we made the call for a ‘one-stop shop’ through which constituents could access up-to-date accurate information. We were very pleased to see the roll out of the COVID-19 hotline last week. Anyone who is seeking information on COVID-19 is encouraged to ring 13 COVID, or 132 68 43.
Ms Boydell was also pleased at the willingness from the Premier and his team to work with her and colleagues when issues around gun shops closing, exemptions for travel and FIFO requirements have been raised.
“It really is a case of we will get through this by working together and supporting each other,” Ms Boydell said.
“As we approach the Easter break, traditionally a time of meeting loved ones far and wide, we need do things differently and stay at home unless it is absolutely essential.
“That means unless you’re shopping for food or medicine, caring for someone unable to care for themselves, or working if you can’t do so from home, you should not be leaving your house.
“It will mean that Easter looks and feels different for many this year, but if we do the right thing and stay at home now, there is a greater chance that our parents, and vulnerable loved ones will still be with us to celebrate next year.”