New COVID legislation is just State of Emergency by another name

The Opposition has continued their call for the State of Emergency to end, as the McGowan Labor Government’s rushed legislation entrenches the same powers for another two years. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the Emergency Management Amendment (Temporary COVID19 Provisions) Bill 2022 introduced and rammed through Parliament in less than 24 hours on Wednesday, failed…

More broken promises as Geraldton Hospital tender in limbo

Progress on the McGowan Government’s signature election promise for Geraldton, the redevelopment of the Geraldton Health Campus, appears to have hit another roadblock. Shadow Minister for Regional Heath Martin Aldridge MLC said despite the State Government allocating an extra $49.4 million towards the project in the State Budget, the procurement process did not appear to…

Opposition asks McGowan Labor Government to guarantee funding for cyclone-impacted communities

The Opposition has renewed calls for the McGowan Labor Government to guarantee long-awaited answers for communities still dealing with the impact of Tropical Cyclone Seroja (TCS), 16 months on from the disaster. Member for Moore Shane Love used Parliament this week to plead for continued support on behalf of the impacted towns about what will…

Emergency Services Minister blocks access to DFES facilities, staff and volunteers

The Opposition has raised concerns around access to emergency service facilities including volunteers and staff after repeated requests were rejected by the Emergency Services Minister. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said multiple attempts to meet with emergency service personnel or visit Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) facilities in Dongara, Geraldton and Esperance had been…

Over 500 vacancies for essential frontline workers putting health services at risk

Shadow Regional Health Minister Martin Aldridge has condemned the State Labor Government’s ongoing neglect of the health system after it was confirmed over 500 vacancies exist for essential frontline health workers. Answers provided by the Health Minister this week revealed the WA health system was short 102 midwives, 82 theatre nurses, and 349 junior doctors…