Emergency service personnel – both paid and voluntary – are large contributors to the safety of people and property in regional WA. Our first responders need to be well trained and resourced to enable them to respond to incidents in a timely and efficient manner.
Volunteers are responsible for a large proportion of emergency response and in recent years volunteer numbers have been going backwards.
Those belonging to brigades, groups and units and putting their own safety on the line to protect others must receive adequate State Government support. The Nationals WA continue to recognise the contribution of the emergency services sector and will provide resourcing necessary to ensure they can continue keeping individuals and communities safe.
Police and road safety
We want more police officers on the beat in regional WA to ensure communities are safe and criminal activity is addressed. We will better resource the force by recruiting more officers and providing proper housing for regional and remote postings
Road safety is a priority for The Nationals WA with the regional road toll significantly higher than the metropolitan toll. We will work to improve road safety in four key areas – safe road use, safe roads and roadsides, safe speeds and safe vehicles. Strategies and programs that address driver behaviour all form part of the plan in keeping road users safe.
Justice and corrective services
Our justice system must ensure all people are treated equitably and have access to a fair hearing. This means people from various backgrounds have support to navigate the justice system regardless of ethnicity, language or socio-economic status. Our justice system needs reviewing to ensure incarceration is a final resort, used only if all other rehabilitation efforts have failed
The Nationals WA support co-contribution to Community Legal Aid centres across the State to ensure people are given accurate information and advocacy services.
We also support a corrective services system that the public has confidence in and that is built to accommodate populations within their means rather than being overcrowded and putting community safety at risk.
Domestic and family violence
All West Australians should have the right to feel safe, particularly in their own home. We know this is not the case for all families, with women and children most often affected. People living in regional areas have reduced access to services, often resulting in a family moving from their home and community to feel safe.
The Nationals WA are committed to a range of programs that protect and counsel victims, keep families in their own home and ensure perpetrators are dealt with appropriately. Early intervention programs, support networks and community awareness training form part of the longer-term strategies.
The Nationals WA recognise and value the economic and social contributions of traditional owners, migrants, refugees and culturally and linguistically diverse people to regional Western Australia. In accordance with principles enshrined in our Constitution, we reject racism and religious prejudice, supporting equality of opportunity for all West Australians.