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…

BANK CLOSURES A FAILURE TO SUPPORT REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

Nationals Wheatbelt MPs have expressed disappointment at the National Australia Bank (NAB)’s decision to close up shop in Wyalkatchem, Three Springs, Kondinin and Wagin. Local Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies said the announcement was a blow to the communities who relied on bank presence for their financial services, including household, business, and personal transactions.…

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…