Australia’s big banks failing regional communities by closing early and shutting branches

The Nationals WA have voiced their dissent over major Australian banks choosing to reduce service operations in regional WA following revelations Commonwealth Bank were severely cutting opening hours across 90 rural branches. Local Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies said the decision sent the wrong signal to hard-working communities who deserved face-to-face services all day,…

Opposition welcomes funding package for Seroja-affected communities

The Opposition has welcomed the record $104 million disaster recovery package being made available to communities impacted by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja, jointly funded by the State and Federal Government.    Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the recovery package was much needed given the communities impacted were still reeling from the most significant natural disaster WA had seen in recent years.   “It has been more than 100…

BANK CLOSURES A FAILURE TO SUPPORT REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

Nationals Wheatbelt MPs have expressed disappointment at the National Australia Bank (NAB)’s decision to close up shop in Wyalkatchem, Three Springs, Kondinin and Wagin. Local Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies said the announcement was a blow to the communities who relied on bank presence for their financial services, including household, business, and personal transactions.…

Premier’s ‘captain pick’ taints independence of CCC Commissioner

The Opposition has criticised the Labor Government’s decision to ram through legislation using its massive majority to install the Premier’s captain’s pick as the Corruption and Crime Commissioner. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the Premier had tainted the independence of the State’s top watchdog by side-stepping the appointment process laid out in the Corruption, Crime…