Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Commerce Matters

Grylls Barnett Push Food Prices Up

Minister Minister for Regional Development and Lands Brendon Grylls has directly contributed to the increase in food prices for Western Australian.

Grylls has put the lease cost of farmers up by amounts of up to 700%.

Not only are housing costs going up for Western Australians, which Premier Barnett has described as not being in crisis, the current WA Government has allowed unprecedented increase in land rental costs used for food production.

These increases which amount to ten of thousands of dollars are directly passed on by increased food cost to Western Australian consumers.

Liberal Bloom Admits James Price Point Start About Complete Kimberley Resource Development

Liberal Kimberley candidate Jenny Bloom has admitted the James Price Point Gas Bub is about opening up the complete Kimberley to resource development, not just processing Browse LNG Gas.

Greens Unveil Vision for a Resilient South West

Greens Statement

The Greens have unveiled a vision for the South West that would see a diverse mix of sustainable small-scale industries powered by renewable energy forming the basis for a robust regional economy.

The vision is designed to make the most of the South West’s natural assets including its fertile soils and unique forests.

The Nationals provide a boost for Regional Visitor Centres

Nationals Statement

Nationals WA candidate for Moore, Shane Love has welcomed a funding boost for regional Visitor Centres to ensure WA’s tourism industry continues to thrive.

Mr Love said The Nationals WA, should they win the balance of power at the upcoming election, will inject more than $1 million from Royalties for Regions into regional Visitor Centres to help them service tourists and local tourism businesses.

WA Labor launches new wave of liquor reforms

Labor Statement

A McGowan Government will further reform WA's liquor laws to provide for safer venues and cut red tape for restaurants and bars, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said under WA Labor, restaurants will be able to serve liquor without a meal and patrons will be able to walk between tables carrying a drink.

EventsCorp to blame for loss of Mundaring Truffle Festival

Greens Statement

The State Government’s unreasonable conditions on funding are to blame for the disappointing loss of the Mundaring Truffle Festival, said Greens East Metro MP Alison Xamon.

Ms Xamon spoke out after it emerged that the Government’s event body, Eventscorp, had insisted on onerous liability conditions under the proposed sponsorship deal.

Payroll tax relief for small business

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will raise the payroll tax threshold to $800,000 in 2014-15 and then $850,000 in 2016-17.

Treasurer Troy Buswell said more than 16,000 employers would save $121million through this tax relief measure, building on the $250million in tax relief provided over the last four years.

Davies welcomes The Nationals' plan to boost fund for local workers

Nationals Statement

Nationals WA candidate for Central Wheatbelt, Mia Davies today welcomed a plan to help build a skilled workforce in Western Australia by extending the Construction Industry Training Fund levy to projects in the resources sector.

Ms Davies said if The Nationals WA retain the balance of power at the upcoming State election they would expand the Construction Industry Training Fund, which supports skills programs including apprenticeships, entry level training, research and accreditation, by requiring the resource sector contribute to the Fund.

Liberals put agriculture in the field

Liberal Statement

Premier Colin Barnett has today guaranteed Western Australian farmers that if a Liberal Government is re-elected, he will personally oversee the reduction of red tape and unnecessary regulations affecting agriculture.

Mr Barnett said the Liberals’ agricultural policy was a commitment to a broad suite of measures, designed to support and promote agriculture, promote efficiencies through technological advances and enhance the development of new markets.

Metronet to provide injection of jobs

Labor Statement

WA Labor's eight-year, $3.8billion METRONET priority program will create nearly 4,000 jobs, either directly employed or in associated supply businesses during its construction phase, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"METRONET will not just be good for our transport system, it will be good for our whole economy," Mr McGowan said.

Greens’ plan to assist farmers adapt to climate change to remain viable

Greens Statement

The Greens have today released a plan designed to help farmers adapt to the worsening impacts of climate change.

What has Happened to Oakajee

Oakajee Port was promised by Colin Barnett in 1998 to be completed in 30 months, that was 2000.

It is now 2013 and the project is still remains an uncertainty.

Kimberley Marine Park process of concern

source Western Australian Fishing Industry Council January 29

The WA Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) has expressed concern regarding the absence of consultation apparent in the process to declare Western Australia’s latest Marine Park.
WAFIC CEO Mark Tucek said while the professional fishing sector generally supports the Government’s commitment to the protection of the iconic Horizontal Falls at Talbot Bay in the Kimberley, future such decisions that permanently change the potential use of a State-owned resource requires a different approach.

Free Kick’s a Foul on Sport Stadium

Greens Statement

The Greens say the news of James Packer’s $35 million discount is the last straw when added to the lack of genuine public consultation and the sidelining of environmental assessment of the pollution risk of development at the Burswood Park golf course to Swan River water quality.

“How much more will this Premier gift to his special friends at the expense of public amenity and risk to our river’s health?” Greens spokesperson on planning, Lynn MacLaren MLC queried.

Nerilee Boshammer addressing WA Forest Alliance

Nerilee Boshammer Greens Warren- Blackwood candidate discusses some of the possibilities for a post native forest logging Warren- Blackwood.

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