CRCs lose in Labor’s latest round of cuts

Community Resource Centres across regional WA will be forced to fight to retain training funds under a perverse new system orchestrated by the McGowan Government. Labor’s $2 million Regional Traineeship Program will pit more than 100 CRCs – and 22 eligible local governments – against one another to win funding of up to $30,000. Leader…

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Labor blocks briefing on rock lobster reforms

The Nationals WA have expressed concerns after a request to be briefed on the State Government’s controversial rock lobster reforms was denied. Spokesperson for fisheries Colin de Grussa said Nationals MPs had been seeking a briefing from Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly since the reforms were announced in December. “More than a month since making his…

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Labor again found keeping secrets from the public

The McGowan Government’s obsession with secret deals and hiding information from the West Australian public has again been laid bare. The Auditor General today found the Minister for Regional Development’s decision to withhold details regarding Labor’s election promise to build a wave farm off the Albany coast was unreasonable and inappropriate. Energy spokesperson Terry Redman…

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Nats condemn guerrilla tactics of animal activists

The Nationals WA have condemned the latest attempt by vigilante animal activists to harass and intimidate West Australian farmers. Leader Mia Davies said the publication of an “attack map” listing the locations and contact details of farmers was an invasion of privacy and potentially putting the safety of individuals at risk. Ms Davies said bio-security…

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Nats want a review date on Pilbara liquor bans

The Nationals WA have called on the Director of Liquor Licensing to announce a review date for the incoming Pilbara liquor restrictions. Deputy leader and local MP Jacqui Boydell said the blanket liquor bans had caused angst in the community, particularly in Karratha where the West Pilbara Liquor Accord was preparing for the introduction of…

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Labor extends lobster consultation period

Labor’s move to extend the consultation period with WA’s rock lobster industry by 13 days is clear evidence that the fishing industry wants no part of reforms announced by the government on December 8, according to Moore MP Shane Love MLA. Mr Love said the government’s actions to increase the total commercial catch from 6,300…

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“One size fits all” approach to Pilbara alcohol problems won’t work

The Nationals WA have rebuked the Director of Liquor Licensing’s attempt to curb alcohol abuse in the Pilbara, questioning whether the “one size fits all” approach will achieve harm reduction without community buy-in and a comprehensive Government response.   Deputy Leader and local MP Jacqui Boydell said the heavy-handed restrictions were an “erosion of personal rights”…

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