Tourism industry needs certainty and access to essential workers

Shadow Tourism Minister Vince Catania has called for the Labor Government to show empathy towards the tourism industry and small businesses, who continue to face financial hardship due to ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 measures. Mr Catania said the Premier’s sudden ‘backflip’ on the re-opening date and retraction of the Safe Transition Plan dashed the hopes…

In-depth consultation needed following passing of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill

The Opposition has called for in-depth consultation during the development of regulations for the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021, after the legislation passed through Parliament last night. Shadow Aboriginal Affairs Minister Vince Catania said Labor rammed the highly sensitive and important bill through Parliament, ignoring proper process, so extensive meetings must occur before rules are…

Rushed bill by Labor defies accountability and consultation

The Opposition has condemned the Labor Government for rushing through yet another important piece of legislation, after the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021 passed through the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday night. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said she was disappointed Labor would work to ram through a Bill of such sensitivity and significance, without public consultation…

Tourism industry meetings leaving key regional locations off the table

Shadow Tourism Minister Vince Catania has described Labor’s series of Tourism industry roundtables as hollow and deficient, leaving many locations and regions without a seat at the table. “This consultation process is nothing more than ‘smoke and mirrors’ by this out-of-touch Government, who are clearly just ticking a box,” Mr Catania said. “The Government has…

Labor fails to play the long game to protect and support events industry

Shadow Minister for Tourism and Commerce Vince Catania has described Labor’s disregard for the events industry as ‘short-sighted’, stating tourism and hospitality industries and related small businesses deserved as much support as a national sporting event. “It’s cognisant of a Government that does not understand the intricacies of the industry, and the crucial link events…

Labor’s lack of attention towards tourism industry shows disregard for business operators and regional WA

Shadow Minister for Tourism Vince Catania has described Labor responses to Budget Estimates questions relating to tourism as ‘disappointing and bordering on irresponsible while failing to address key areas in urgent need of assistance.’ Mr Catania said despite our State’s record $5.6 billion budget surplus during a pandemic, the Labor Government had failed to help…