CRCs the latest victims of Labor’s RfR cuts

Community Resource Centres are in a state of confusion after being informed of drastic changes to their proposed contracts by the Labor Government. A number of CRCs, which deliver important services in towns throughout Western Australia, learnt recently that their new contracts will be shorter than expected. The new Government will also be changing the…

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Nationals welcome AvonLink and MerredinLink continuing

Leader of The Nationals and Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies has welcomed the continuation of the AvonLink and MerredinLink train services. In 2013, The Nationals secured $6.6 million of Royalties for Regions funding for the three-year AvonLink Enhancement Project after the service was slated for closure, Ms Davies said. “The trial investigated whether alternate…

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Labor shamelessly slugs households to ‘fix’ Budget

Western Australian households will be forced to fix the State Budget because PremierMark McGowan lacks the courage to enter negotiations with the State’s biggest miningcompanies to update an outdated 1960s charge in their State Agreements. The McGowan Government this week announced staggering increases to everyday fees and charges, including electricity (up 10.9 per cent per annum)…

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‘Roger’s Razor Gang’ to hit regional health

The State Government has refused to rule out closing regional nursing posts and district hospitals under Labor’s new “razor gang”, threatening to plunge regional health back into the dark old days of pre-Royalties for Regions. The Nationals WA Leader Mia Davies today questioned Health Minister Roger Cook in Parliament over his Sustainable Health Review, which…

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Labor finally support Water for Food but is it too late?

Questions asked by The Nationals in Parliament have revealed the State Government will finally commit support for two key projects under the Water for Food program created by the previous Liberal-National Government. The Labor Government confirmed this week it had sought support from the Commonwealth for the Myalup-Wellington Dam Project and Southern Forrest Irrigation Scheme after dragging their heels…

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Productivity Commission recommends winding up telecommunications USO

Member for the Agricultural Region and Commerce spokesperson Hon Martin Aldridge MLC said has welcomed recommendations by the Productivity Commission to wind up the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (TUSO). Mr Aldridge said if implemented, the recommendation could deliver a guaranteed baseline service for both voice and data for the first time.After giving evidence to the…

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More Bushfire Summits needed for adequate regional input

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman, expressed his disappointment over the limited number of regionally based attendees invited to the Bushfire Mitigation Summit held in Mandurah. Mr Redman said he was surprised and astounded that many bushfire brigades in his electorate were not invited to the McGowan Government’s ‘once off’ Bushfire Summit. “Bushfire mitigation strategies and…

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Logan’s Figures Greasier than a Fireman’s Pole

Nationals MLC Colin Holt says the community has every right to feel angered by the admission of Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan that no modelling or research has been done to substantiate his claim that establishing a rural fire service would cost $400 million.  ‘Minister Logan has confessed that the $400 million figure he has…

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Love: electoral interference a threat to democracy

Member for Moore Shane Love MLA has called for an inquiry into electoral interference following the Chamber of Minerals and Energy campaign ahead of the recent state election. Addressing the WA Parliament, Mr Love said the level of interference during the most recent state election campaign from special interest groups was very worrying and a…

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