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…

Labor’s Outer Harbour plans at odds with expert report into WA’s infrastructure projects

The Opposition has said the Labor Government’s plans for the Outer Harbour are at odds with Infrastructure WA’s inaugural State Infrastructure Strategy which provides a non-partisan view of the best way forward for infrastructure projects in WA. Acting Opposition Leader and Shadow Transport Minister Shane Love said the draft Strategy – titled Foundations for a…

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…