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…

Lack of detail in school plan leaves families waiting for answers

The Opposition has expressed disappointment in the lack of detail and definitions in today’s announcement of the Safe Return to School Plan, which has left parents waiting for answers. Shadow Education Minister Peter Rundle said the Labor Government continued to withhold vital information around close contacts and isolation requirements, which will be necessary for education…

Labor’s re-opening date ‘backflip’ prevents access to skilled ag workers

Shadow Agriculture and Food Minister Colin de Grussa has called for the Labor Government to provide clarity on how the current agriculture worker crisis will be addressed, following the Premier’s sudden ‘backflip’ on the State’s re-opening date and retraction of the Safe Transition Plan. Mr de Grussa said farmers had thought the February 5 re-opening…

Tourism industry needs certainty and access to essential workers

Shadow Tourism Minister Vince Catania has called for the Labor Government to show empathy towards the tourism industry and small businesses, who continue to face financial hardship due to ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 measures. Mr Catania said the Premier’s sudden ‘backflip’ on the re-opening date and retraction of the Safe Transition Plan dashed the hopes…