The National-Liberal Opposition has called into question the competence of the McGowan Labor Government as it fails to deliver on the basics, two years on from the State Election.
Opposition Leader Shane Love said problems plaguing WA that hadn’t been fixed or addressed by Labor had come into the spotlight as concerns around the pandemic eased.
Mr Love said a State as wealthy as WA shouldn’t have a broken health system, severe housing and worker shortages, skyrocketing cost-of-living and out-of-control crime.
“Now we see the Premier refusing to take responsibility for one of the biggest scandals to hit a WA Government, as the mismanagement of Perth Mint comes to light,” Mr Love said.
“It begs the question of what the McGowan Labor Government has been doing this past two years, other than focussing on failing to deliver Metronet, which has blown over in time and budget.
“West Australians deserve better than a Government who is failing to deliver on the basics that it is responsible for.”
The National-Liberal Opposition held its first Community Shadow Cabinet in Joondalup today to listen and discuss the issues impacting local residents, small business owners and councils.
Leader of the WA Liberals Libby Mettam said cost-of-living remained an issue that was front of mind for the Opposition, as the price of bills, fuel, food and mortgages continued to rise.
Ms Mettam said the impact of interest rate rises, with little help from a Premier sitting on three years of surpluses, were hitting the back pockets of West Australians hard.
“The McGowan Labor Government has failed to help West Australians who are struggling to pay their power bills and keep food on the table with the average grocery bill in WA up by a third compared to the same time last year,” Ms Mettam said.
“This has resulted in an almost $2000 increase to the average national household grocery bill.
“We know there has been a significant uptick in the number of people accessing charity services right across the State, which are filling the gaps left by this Government.
“This is why the National-Liberal Opposition suggested a $300 million boost to not-for-profit organisations who are bearing the brunt of helping our most vulnerable during the cost-of-living crisis.
“With another State Budget surplus expected to be announced, the Premier has no excuse not to act on this affordable and sensible solution which he could approve with a flick of a pen.”