WA Nats welcome Federal Ministry appointments

The Nationals WA have welcomed the appointment of a new Coalition Ministry with four Nationals selected to senior Cabinet positions. The announcement comes after Michael McCormack was last week backed to continue as Federal leader of The Nationals and, consequentially, Deputy Prime Minister. State Deputy Leader Jacqui Boydell said Mr McCormack – who continues as…

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Funding for Busselton-Margaret River Airport remains on hold

Labor’s Regional Development Minister is refusing to release critical funds needed to finish the long-awaited upgrade of the Busselton-Margaret River Airport terminal. During an estimates hearing at State Parliament today, the Transport Minister confirmed there was $9.5 million in the Budget for the project yet it required the tick of approval from Alannah MacTiernan. Transport…

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Labor “mushy headed” on vegan activists

WA’s Attorney General has backed down on his threat to slap animal activists who trespass on farming properties with restraining orders. Under questioning from The Nationals WA during a Budget estimates hearing this week, Attorney General John Quigley revealed he was now considering community supervision orders for vegan activists convicted of trespass, rather than a…

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Labor’s agriculture funding claim doesn’t stack up

The Nationals WA have accused the McGowan Government of deliberately deceiving the agricultural sector amid doubts over Labor’s claim that it is delivering $131 million of new money into the sector. Member for Moore Shane Love questioned the Government about the funding allocation during estimates hearings in Parliament this week. “When broken down, the $131…

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Love welcomes GROH rent increase reversal

Moore MP Shane Love MLA has called on the McGowan government to rethink the extraordinarily high cost of Government Regional Officer Housing (GROH) rents. He said Labor’s move to temporarily defer the $30 GROH rent increase due to take effect on July 1, 2019 was not enough. “It is difficult to get teachers, police and…

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Firefighter Cancer Legislation delivers timely and effective compensation

The Nationals WA have welcomed a review into Firefighter Cancer Legislation which confirmed legislation introduced by the previous Liberal National government had assisted more than 20 firefighters impacted by cancer since 2013. Member for the Agricultural Region and former firefighter Martin Aldridge welcomed the recent findings of the WorkCover WA Statutory Review of Firefighter Cancer…

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