No Guarantee Film Funding will continue

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman questioned the Premier as to why 2019-20 is the last year the government has guaranteed funding to support the Regional Film Fund. The Nationals WA asked the same question last year and raised it again in Budget Estimate meetings last week. The $16 million Royalties for Regions WA Regional Film…

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Hey Albo! Keep Fitzgibbon away from the ag portfolio

The Nationals WA have expressed disappointment at Joel Fitzgibbon’s reappointment to the Opposition front bench today amid fears he wants to tear down WA’s crucial live export industry. With new Labor leader Anthony Albanese expected to reappoint Mr Fitzgibbon as Shadow Agriculture Minister as early as this weekend, the industry’s relief at a Coalition election…

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Geraldton Fishermen’s Cooperative Recognised for International Excellence

Member for the Agricultural Region Colin de Grussa congratulates the Geraldton Fishermen’s Cooperative, who were winners at this week’s Australia-China Business Awards. GFC took out the elite Business Excellence Award for Agriculture, Food and Beverage, amongst stiff competition from much bigger organisations. Mr de Grussa said the GFC were very deserving winners of this award.…

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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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