Moore MP Shane Love MLA has laid down the gauntlet for Labor’s Darren West MLC, Shelley Payne MLC and Sandra Carr MLC to explain they will be voting to support Labor’s legislation to reduce regional representation in the State’s Parliament.
Mr Love said the Labor Members for the Agricultural Region should come clean with the electorate, something they failed to do before the 2021 State election.
“It’s clear with the release of the report into electorate reform and legislation about to be debated in the Parliament that the Labor Government thinks regional WA should be out-of-sight and out-of-mind,” Mr Love said.
“Regional communities deserve to have their issues, concerns and voices heard – Labor’s proposed electoral reform will reduce regional representation and we’ll see less and less Members engaging with people who live over the Darling Scarp.
“The Opposition does not support this proposal and as someone that represents the Moore Electorate, I am disappointed that the communities I represent may well be disenfranchised after the next State election.”
Mr Love said Labor had once again betrayed the people of regional Western Australia from as far north as the Kimberley, out to the Goldfields and down to the Great Southern region.
“The last time Labor had control of the Parliament they ripped six regional seats from the bush and increased the number of metropolitan electorates,” Mr Love said.
“They’re doing it again and I cannot understand how having less people that live and work, and have specific responsibility for regions like the Agricultural Region will help bridge the divide we know exists between Perth and the regions.
“Unreliable power, telecommunications and health in the regions all need urgent attention.
“People, families, businesses and communities across WA deserve better than a Labor Government that turns a blind eye to regional WA,” Mr Love added.