Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Candidate champions The Nationals vision for agriculture

Nationals Statement

Nationals candidate for Albany, Robert Sutton, said The Nationals $300 million agriculture policy offered a long-term plan for agriculture and regional communities.

Mr Sutton said The Nationals WA would invest $300 million, should they retain the balance of power at the State election, to boost investment in Western Australia’s agricultural sector and enable farmers to capitalise on current opportunities.

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Legislative Council Summary Results

Who 2008 Winners 2013 Early Indicator
Liberal 16 17
Labor 11 11
Nationals 5 5
Greens 4 2
Shooters & Fishers   1
Family First   0
Total 36 36

 

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Legislative Assembly Summary Results

 

Party 2008-2013 Seats % 2013 Prediction %
Greens 0 0.0 1  
Labor 26 44.0 20  
Liberal 24 40.7 30  
National 5 8.5 8  
Independents 4 6.8 0  
Total 59 100.0 59 100.0

 

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Legislative Assembly - Lower House

WA Election 2013 Winners Prediction at Monday 3pm

(these are not final and subject to change)

Electorate 2008-2013 2013 Prediction Name
Albany Labor Labor Watson
Albert Cove Independent Liberal Nalder
Armadale Labor Labor Buti
Balcatta Labor Liberal Hatton
Bassendean Labor Labor Kelly
Belmont Labor Liberal Godfrey
Bunbury Liberal Liberal Castrilli
Butler Labor Labor Quigley
Cannington Labor Labor Johnston
Carine Liberal Liberal Krsticevic
Central Wheatbelt Nationals Nationals Davies
Churchlands Independent Liberal L'Estrange
Cockburn Labor Labor Logan
Collie-Preston Labor Labor Murray
Cottesloe Liberal Liberal Barnett
Darling Range Liberal Liberal Simpson
Dawesville Liberal Liberal Hames
Eyre Liberal Nationals De Grussa
Forrestfield Labor Liberal Morton
Fremantle Independent Labor McGurk
Geraldton Liberal Liberal Blayney
Girrawheen Labor Labor Quirk
Gosnells Labor Labor Tallentire
Hillarys Liberal Liberal Johnson
Jandakot Liberal Liberal Francis
Joondalup Labor Liberal Norberger
Kalamunda Liberal Liberal Day
Kalgoorlie Independent Nationals Duncan
Kimberley Labor Greens Maher
Kingsley Liberal Liberal Mitchell
Kwinana Labor Labor Cook
Mandurah Labor Labor Templeman
Maylands Labor Labor Baker
Midland Labor Labor Roberts
Mirrabooka Labor Labor Freeman
Moore Nationals Nationals Love
Morley Liberal Liberal Britza
Mount Lawley Liberal Liberal Sutherland
Murray-Wellington Liberal Liberal Cowper
Nedlands Liberal Liberals Marmion
North West Central Nationals Nationals Catania
Ocean Reef Liberal Liberal Jacob
Perth Labor Liberal Evangel
Pilbara Labor Nationals Grylls
Riverton Liberal Liberal Nahan
Rockingham Labor Labor McGowan
Scarborough Liberal Liberal Harvey
South Perth Liberal Liberal McGrath
Southern River Liberal Liberal Abetz
Swan Hills Liberal Liberal Alban
Vasse Liberal Liberal Buswell
Victoria Park Labor Labor Wyatt
Wagin Nationals Nationals Waldron
Wanneroo Liberal Liberal Miles
Warnbro Labor Labor Papalia
Warren-Blackwood Nationals Nationals Redman
West Swan Labor Labor Saffioti
Willagee Labor Labor Tinley

 

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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.

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Jess Beckerling on Woodchipping Old Growth Forest

Jess Beckerling from the West Australian Forest Alliance speaking on native logging and importance to keep them.

Read MoreJess Beckerling on Woodchipping Old Growth Forest

Liberals’ Planning Policy

Liberal Planning Policy
 
The Liberal-led Government has progressed a bold planning reform and infrastructure investment agenda. The Liberal Party is committed to underpinning Western Australia’s economic growth with a strong and stable planning system and transformative capital works projects, including Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link, the Riverside Project and the revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre and William Street.
 
The reforms of our planning system include the introduction of Development Assessment Panels, a streamlining of the planning process to provide more robust and integrated planning systems and, significantly, the creation of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA).

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WA Labor reinforces commitment to protecting victims of domestic violence

Labor Statement

WA Labor welcomes today's commitment by the Liberal's for two new refuges for women and children escaping domestic violence, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said domestic violence was a horrendous crime which had devastating, lifelong effects for victims and their families.

Read MoreWA Labor reinforces commitment to protecting victims of domestic violence

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.

Read MoreLiberal Bloom Admits James Price Point Start About Complete Kimberley Resource Development

Barnett Woodside Gang Up on Broome Community

Greens candidate Chris Maher has questioned the latest secrecy in the Browse LNG Development in Broome.

Broome Council was requested to keep secret documents that show impact of James Price Point.

Read MoreBarnett Woodside Gang Up on Broome Community

Life’s cheap for some rogue mining companies

Greens Statement

Robin Chapple MLC, Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region, and Greens WA spokesperson for Mining matters, today lamented the all-too-predictable outcome of a failed system, whereby the Central Norseman Gold Corporation (in administration) was slapped on the wrist with a paltry $15,000 fine over the tragic death of the late Mr Rene Ponce while working in its OK mine in 2010.

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Time for Climate Action as 2013 Summer Hottest on Record

via WA Conservation Council

The WA Civil Society Climate Roundtable has called for action to help WA adapt to a hotter, dryer, more hostile climate, after the Bureau of Meteorology released data showing Australia has just endured its hottest summer on record, with a national average temperature of 28.6° - 1.1° above normal.

‘Western Australia has just experienced the most extreme summer in our history’, said Roundtable patron, Anglican Bishop Tom Wilmot.

Read MoreTime for Climate Action as 2013 Summer Hottest on Record

Whitfield Congratulates McGowan on taking up Council Rate Ceilings

Independent candidate Matthew Whitfield has welcomed Mark McGowan's announcement that he would look to place a cap on future Council Rate rises should he be elected

Whitfield who has been campaigning for a cap on Council Rates in the Rockingham electorate has seen it as a winner and formed part of his platform.

 

Read MoreWhitfield Congratulates McGowan on taking up Council Rate Ceilings

Greens launch new website front and introduce 'True Progress'

WA Greens have introduced a new and updated website entry point and have introduced the 'True Progress' campaign www.greenswa.net.au

In an showcase entrance they are exercising there strength being in the top three parties of the WA 2013 Election.

Read MoreGreens launch new website front and introduce 'True Progress'

Labor’s forest policy would help secure jobs and protect wildlife

via WA Conversation Council

Western Australia’s peak conservation group has welcomed commitments to overhaul the native forest logging industry from Labor Leader Mark McGowan.

Conservation Council director Piers Verstegen said “Labor’s forest policy recognises that the current logging industry is not sustainable, and needs a complete overhaul to protect jobs and prevent wildlife extinction.

Read MoreLabor’s forest policy would help secure jobs and protect wildlife

Candidates graded on Freo high school fixes

via Freo High School Options

Parents' community campaign, High School Options for Fremantle (HSOF) have released its scorecard for the WA state election.

Each of the four main candidates/parties was assessed based on their written answers to five key questions.

HSOF Convenor, Traci Gamblin, said, "Our main aim was to make the serious problems besetting high school education in Fremantle a central feature in the contest for the seat."

Read MoreCandidates graded on Freo high school fixes

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.

Read MoreGreens Unveil Vision for a Resilient South West

WA Labor will ban privatisation of public services

Liberal Statement

The evidence is stacking up against Colin Barnett's secret plans to sell Western Power to pay off his $18billion debt, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan rejected Mr Barnett's assertions that Western Power was not going to be sold, should the Liberal party be re-elected for a second term.

Read MoreWA Labor will ban privatisation of public services

Albany to benefit from The Nationals’ plan for the Regional Cities Initiative

Nationals Statement

The Nationals WA candidate for Albany, Robert Sutton, has said the Regional Cities initiative – a key commitment from The Nationals WA should they win the balance of power at the State election – will provide a major boost for Albany and surrounding communities.

The Regional Cities initiative will help to prepare and promote major regional centres like Albany as desirable places to settle and invest as the State’s regional population growth.

Read MoreAlbany to benefit from The Nationals’ plan for the Regional Cities Initiative

Greens Plan Answers Call for Help on Sprawl

Greens Statement - March 5

Today the Greens supported CEO’s calls for State Government support to deliver services and infrastructure along Perth’s fringes and said that working smarter within our current urban footprint will relieve pressure in outer suburbs.

As chief executives of outer suburban councils call for action on urban sprawl, Greens WA Planning Spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC said Perth had all the land needed for today and future growth.

Read MoreGreens Plan Answers Call for Help on Sprawl

Wedge and Grey Shack Sites

Greens Statement

In 2011, the Environment and Public Affairs Committee of which Lynn is a member conducted a 12-month review into shack sites in Western Australia. A full copy of the Committee’s report is available here.

This issue is complex, particularly because the shacks are privately owned structures situated on public land. There are also issues of public amenity, health, heritage, damage to the environment, and risk.

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Greens launch Transparent and Open Government Action Plan

Greens Statement

The Greens (WA) today launched their Transparent and Open Government Action Plan which will provide a robust framework to enhance public confidence in government decision making.

Greens WA spokesperson for electoral affairs Alison Xamon MLC said that through the creation of a rigorous regulatory regime for lobbyists, the Greens would ensure the activity of all lobbyists, not just third party lobbyists, was appropriately regulated.

Read MoreGreens launch Transparent and Open Government Action Plan

Save our Swan: Greens reveal action plan for the Swan-Canning rivers

Greens Statement

Greens (WA) Water Spokesperson Alison Xamon MLC today released an action plan for reversing the decline of the Swan and Canning rivers due to excessive build-up of nutrients.

"Perth's urban drain network is a major source of the excessive loads of nitrogen and phosphorous entering the Swan-Canning rivers," Ms Xamon said.

Read MoreSave our Swan: Greens reveal action plan for the Swan-Canning rivers

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.

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Liberal's graffiti announcement an admission of failure

Labor Statement

The Liberal Party's plan to force graffiti vandals to clean up graffiti damage is an admission of failure by the Barnett Government to tackle the problem, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the Liberal Party's announcement shows they still have no proper plan to tackle graffiti in our communities.

Read MoreLiberal's graffiti announcement an admission of failure

Buswell caught lying again: Libs confused on public transport

Labor Statment

Today's revelations that a re-elected Liberal government would scrap plans for a rapid bus transit service to Ellenbrook was more evidence the current government cannot be taken seriously on any of its promises, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

"Colin Barnett's heir apparent Troy Buswell has proven time and time again that he has no integrity. He cannot be trusted to lead Western Australia," Mr Wyatt said.

Read MoreBuswell caught lying again: Libs confused on public transport

The Snedger

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S+L Debate Ben Wyatt vs Troy Buswell

S+L Debate Ben Wyatt vs Troy Buswell February 26

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Should WA Legalise Prostitution

Should WA Legalise Prostitution?

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Political Campaigning ban at Bayswater festival

Does Political Campaigning have a place at Community Festivals?

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Ron Norris on LG Reforms & the Robson Report

Ron Norris is the Mayor of the Town of Mosman Park and has had 30 years experience as an elected member in Local Government in Western Australia. Ron explains the Barnett governments proposed Local Government Amalgamations and the Robson Inquiry that they have commissioned and recently released.

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Vandals to be forced to clean up graffiti

Liberal Statement

Every graffiti vandal will be forced to clean up graffiti damage under tough new laws to be introduced by a Liberal Government, if re-elected.
 
Premier Colin Barnett said a Liberal Government will create a new ‘Graffiti Vandalism Enforcement Act’ which would consolidate existing graffiti laws and require courts to impose a graffiti clean-up order on adult and juvenile graffiti offenders.

Read MoreVandals to be forced to clean up graffiti

Why can’t I catch a tram to my polling place?

Greens Statement

Greens WA Transport Spokesperson, Lynn MacLaren MLC said today’s RAC figures on motoring vindicated Greens plans for public transport networks. 

“Voters could have been on a tram to a polling place next Saturday if the Government had put down track in 2010,” said Ms MacLaren.

Read MoreWhy can’t I catch a tram to my polling place?

Liberals’ underground power expansion

Liberal Statement

A re-elected Liberal Government will commit an additional $30million to expand the State Underground Power Program over the next four years, which will deliver significant benefits to private residents and local government authorities.

Energy Minister Peter Collier said the State Underground Power Program has been an incredible success since its introduction in 1996 under the Court-Liberal government, with more than $300million being invested in underground power.

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Additional $30m for city bicycle paths

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will spend an additional $30million building bicycle paths within 15 kilometres of the Perth CBD.

Premier Colin Barnett said it was clear that there was ever-increasing demand for convenient and safe cycling routes, and, if re-elected, a Liberal Government would provide these as a priority public transport project.

Read MoreAdditional $30m for city bicycle paths

WA Labor's plan to keep council rates down

Labor Statement

A McGowan Government will introduce a maximum limit by which councils can increase rates each year to prevent steep and unnecessary rate increases, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor wanted to stop the problem of councils hitting ratepayers with big increases.

Read MoreWA Labor's plan to keep council rates down

WA Labor to ease the financial burden for WA families

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will provide a major boost to Western Australian families to ease the financial burden of huge household bills, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Read MoreWA Labor to ease the financial burden for WA families

Duncan calls on major parties to commit to Regional Local Governments

Nationals Statement

The city based political parties must state their commitment to regional local government before the State election on 9 March, according to Nationals candidate for Kalgoorlie, Wendy Duncan.

Ms Duncan said that in December 2009 Liberal Local Government Minister John Castrilli announced that the government planned to amalgamate local governments and decrease the number of elected representatives.

“If The Nationals did not hold the balance of power in government that plan would have been done and dusted,” Ms Duncan said.

Read MoreDuncan calls on major parties to commit to Regional Local Governments

Greens say time to close down native forest logging in light of changing economics

Greens Statement

The Greens have called for an immediate end to the logging of native forests in the south-west saying the economic arguments for continuing to cut down our forests are no longer valid.

Greens MLC Giz Watson said the latest research was showing we had enough plantation timber to meet the nation’s timber needs.

Read MoreGreens say time to close down native forest logging in light of changing economics

Barnett sinks Liberal Party's rail plans

Labor Statement

The Liberal Party's planned rail and light rail projects are in tatters, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

After claiming the projects will 'go ahead', Mr Barnett made this frank admission on ABC's '7.30' program last night:

"If the Commonwealth didn't contribute it would take quite some time longer to do that."

Read MoreBarnett sinks Liberal Party's rail plans

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.

Read MoreWA Labor launches new wave of liquor reforms

Seniors and youth issues on the agenda in Northam

Nationals Statement

Nationals’ candidate for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies has met with Northam seniors and representatives from the youth sector with Leader Brendon Grylls and candidate for the Agricultural Region Paul Brown.

At an afternoon team with seniors Ms Davies and Mr Grylls spoke about the increase to the Country Aged Pension Fuel Card, improvements to health and aged care services and responded to questions about a more frequent train service between Northam and Perth and access to specialist medical services.

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The Nationals WA to support gifted and talented education pathways

Nationals Statement

The Nationals WA have today announced plans to expand Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pathways into regional Senior High Schools, should they win the balance of power at the upcoming State election.

Ms Davies said the delivery of GATE programs to regional schools would offer more flexible education pathways for students.

Read MoreThe Nationals WA to support gifted and talented education pathways

Barnett sits on his hands while the waters of Cottesloe warm

Greens Statement

The Greens have developed a comprehensive plan to monitor and mitigate the impacts of rising ocean temperatures on the WA marine environment.

Releasing the plan on Cottesloe Beach this morning Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and Greens candidate for North Metro Cameron Poustie said we were already witnessing the impacts of ocean warming and research was urgently needed to keep abreast of the changes.

Read MoreBarnett sits on his hands while the waters of Cottesloe warm

Buswell needs to come clean on Federal funding for transport

Greens Statement

The Barnett Government must reveal the details of their Federal funding requests in the wake of Troy Buswell’s admission that the Commonwealth will need to pay for more than half of the Liberals’ transport election promises, the Greens said today.

On February 7th Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam attempted to uncover the details of the State’s light rail funding application to Infrastructure Australia, only to be told they were confidential.

Read MoreBuswell needs to come clean on Federal funding for transport

Affordable and achievable: We will build METRONET

Labor Statement

Independent and conservative Treasury costings have supported WA Labor's METRONET rail network and left the Liberal Party's financial credibility in tatters, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said independent Treasury costings confirmed METRONET, WA Labor's integrated, co-ordinated rail system would cost around $4.335billion.

Read MoreAffordable and achievable: We will build METRONET

Liberals to create huge NW national park

Liberal Statement

A re-elected Liberal Government will continue to provide the highest possible protection to Western Australia’s unique marine and terrestrial landscapes by creating one of Australia’s biggest national parks and the country’s second-largest marine park.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the Liberals would create Wanjina National Park in the Kimberley – stretching from Walcott Inlet in the south to the Lawley River in the north – and the Great Kimberley Marine Park.

Read MoreLiberals to create huge NW national park

WA Labor commits to greater consultation on Emergency legislation

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will extend the submission period into the review of the Emergency Management Act 2005 to allay fears of volunteer groups who are concerned their autonomy will be threatened under proposed changes, Shadow Minister for Emergency

Ms Quirk said the Department of Fire and Emergency Services commenced a statutory review of the legislation, however some volunteer groups were concerned the review was being done by stealth.

Read MoreWA Labor commits to greater consultation on Emergency legislation

WA Labor to establish a Disability Housing Taskforce

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will establish a Disability Housing Strategy Development Taskforce to identify long term solutions to provide a greater diversity of housing models for people with a disability, Shadow Minister for Disability Services Sue Ellery said today.

Ms Ellery said affordable, accessible and diverse housing options will make a real difference for Western Australians living with a disability.

Read MoreWA Labor to establish a Disability Housing Taskforce

Greens support Farmers call for fracking halt on farmlands

Greens Statement

The Greens today supported a call from the WA Farmers Federation which has called for farmers to be given a right to veto fracking on their agricultural land.

Greens WA spokesperson for Water, Alison Xamon said the farmers’ voices against fracking were a welcome addition to the discussion.

Read MoreGreens support Farmers call for fracking halt on farmlands

Liberal's Kimberley conservation plan would leave a truly outstanding legacy

WA Conservation Council

Western Australia’s peak environment group has strongly congratulated Premier Barnett and Environment Minister Bill Marmion for their latest Kimberley conservation commitments, heralding them as a conservation legacy of truly global significance.

Conservation Council Director Piers Verstegen said “Premier Barnett has previously signaled his intention to deliver major Kimberley conservation measures if returned to office, and today, Minister Marmion has built further on those strong foundations.

Read MoreLiberal's Kimberley conservation plan would leave a truly outstanding legacy

WA Labor announces its 10-point plan for State's mental health system

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will make reforming the State's mental health system a priority and ensure people with mental illness receive the support and services they need, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor has a 10-point plan to tackle some of the key problems, including the practical step of providing 50 extra community liaison officers and building a $95million mental health facility at Joondalup Health Campus.

"Our State's mental health system is failing some of our most vulnerable people," Mr McGowan said.

Read MoreWA Labor announces its 10-point plan for State's mental health system

WA Labor to maximise childcare options for Western Australian families

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will help families balance their working and family lives by maximising childcare options closer to schools, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said.

Read MoreWA Labor to maximise childcare options for Western Australian families

WA Labor to build $95million mental health facility at Joondalup Health Campus

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will invest $95million to build a 100-bed mental health facility at Joondalup and grow Joondalup Health Campus into a tertiary hospital, Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook said today.

Mr Cook said this would include a 20-bed mental health facility for youths living in the northern suburbs.

Read MoreWA Labor to build $95million mental health facility at Joondalup Health Campus

Liberal rail lies an embarrassment

Labor Statement

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan has called on Colin Barnett to immediately withdraw the Liberal Party's misleading radio advertisement on the METRONET airport link because it contains lies.

WA Labor has written to all radio stations alerting them to the misleading and deceptive ad.

Read MoreLiberal rail lies an embarrassment

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.

Read MoreEventsCorp to blame for loss of Mundaring Truffle Festival

Greens push to keep the street lights on but the costs down

Greens Statement

The Greens are pushing to make street lighting in WA more energy efficient and cost effective through an initiative to replace street lamps with greener technology.

The $40 million project would slash carbon emissions and power costs for local governments across the southern regions of the state.

Read MoreGreens push to keep the street lights on but the costs down

Greens name and shame our biggest carbon emitters

Greens Statement

The Greens have named and shamed the state’s biggest carbon emitters in a bid to try to tackle WA’s growing reputation as one of the biggest per capita polluters on the planet.

Greens MLC Robin Chapple said Woodside topped the list of the state’s worst greenhouse gas emitters pushing out more than 12M tonnes a year from its Burrup development, the equivalent of the annual combined carbon emissions of around 4 million cars.

Read MoreGreens name and shame our biggest carbon emitters

Senator Ludlam on threats to James Price Point

Senator Ludlam takes note to answers to question without notice in the Senate on Tuesday 26 February 2013.

Read MoreSenator Ludlam on threats to James Price Point

We are fighting for James Price Point together

Senator Ludlam describes the inspiring campaign bringing together so many organisations and individuals in defence of James Price Point on the pristine Kimberley coast in Western Australia.

Read MoreWe are fighting for James Price Point together

$20m for Joondalup Arena expansion

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will transform community sporting facilities in Joondalup with a comprehensive plan to build a new home for the West Perth Football Club, new facilities for the Wanneroo Basketball Association, 10 more outdoor netball courts and a rugby field.
 
“The Liberals recognise that quality local sporting facilities are an essential part of building and maintaining healthy communities,” Premier Colin Barnett said.

Read More$20m for Joondalup Arena expansion

Liberals will start Perth-Darwin Hwy

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, would start work during its next term on the Perth-Darwin National Highway(PDNH).

Premier Colin Barnett said this major new road project would remove a significant volume of heavy vehicle through-traffic from the Swan Valley and redirect it to the new highway.

Read MoreLiberals will start Perth-Darwin Hwy

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.

Read MorePayroll tax relief for small business

WA Labor will act for formal recognition of emergency volunteers

Labor Statements February 26

A McGowan Labor Government will establish a Volunteer Charter to formally recognise the contribution Western Australia's 50,000 emergency volunteers make to the State, Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk said today.

Ms Quirk said the Charter would be enshrined in legislation to acknowledge the vital role emergency volunteers played in the community.

Read MoreWA Labor will act for formal recognition of emergency volunteers

New office to restore public's faith in election costings

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will establish an independent Parliamentary Budget Office in its first term of Government to independently cost election commitments, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"Western Australians are tired of the political slanging match surrounding costings of political parties' promises during election campaigns," Mr McGowan said.

Read MoreNew office to restore public's faith in election costings

Nationals Agricultural vision promises more for regional communities

Nationals Statement

Nationals Candidate for Moore Shane Love said The Nationals $300m agriculture policy was the only election commitment on the table that offered a long-term plan for agriculture and regional communities.

“The Nationals are keen to invest an extra $300m into the future of agriculture, but it will only be delivered if we retain the balance of power.

Read MoreNationals Agricultural vision promises more for regional communities

West Kimberley package to deliver on promises

Nationals Statement February 26

NATIONALS candidate for the Kimberley, MICHELE PUCCI, has today told how the $125million West Kimberley Package announced by Minister for Regional Development, Brendon Grylls, in Broome last week has been very well received by the wider community.

Michele Pucci said that it was an exciting, eclectic package that would greatly assist with the visions that local people, businesses and government were working towards for the West Kimberley region involving community, agriculture, recreation, tourism, housing, small business and industry.

Read MoreWest Kimberley package to deliver on promises

Liberals Collecting Private Information

WA Liberals recently engaged in a act of collecting peoples personal data in a very underhand manner.

Liberal Postal Vote

The Liberals have put their postal address on the prepaid envelope provided, so all the private and confidential information is being sent the to the WA Liberal Postal Address.

It is not disclosed the information is being sent to the WA Liberals.

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Nationals Agricultural vision promises more for regional communities

Nationals Statement

Nationals Candidate for Moore Shane Love said The Nationals $300m agriculture policy was the only election commitment on the table that offered a long-term plan for agriculture and regional communities.

“The Nationals are keen to invest an extra $300m into the future of agriculture, but it will only be delivered if we retain the balance of power.

Read MoreNationals Agricultural vision promises more for regional communities

Barnett’s mandatory sentencing will not work

Kevin Morgan - Cottesloe Candidate

Colin Barnett’s mandatory sentencing policy will not reduce instances of violent crime associated with home invasions, and challenges Barnett to release any evidence upon which this policy decision is based.

Kevin agrees with assertions made in PerthNow yesterday (7/2/2013) by Australian Lawyers Alliance WA president Tom Percy that harsher penalties will not work, and could lead to increasingly extreme cases of violence as perpetrators “won’t want there to be any witnesses – no survivors”.

Read MoreBarnett’s mandatory sentencing will not work

Safety road works for Swan Valley and Bullsbrook needed immediately

Greens Statement

While the State Government continues to dither on the Perth-Darwin Highway, traffic problems along Great Northern Highway in Bullsbrook have created a danger zone, says East Metro Greens MP Alison Xamon.

“Just today I heard from yet another constituent who is concerned about the traffic and planning failures in Bullsbrook,” Ms Xamon said.

Read MoreSafety road works for Swan Valley and Bullsbrook needed immediately

Liberals taking Western Australians for a ride

Labor Statement

Colin Barnett's announcement to build the Perth to Darwin Highway simply can't be believed, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the Liberal Party's record of broken promises, combined with its failure to fund this project, meant it was unlikely to get off the ground.

Read MoreLiberals taking Western Australians for a ride

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.

Read MoreDavies welcomes The Nationals' plan to boost fund for local workers

WA Labor will progress Ocean Reef Marina

Labor Statement February 20

WA Labor is committed to progressing the Ocean Reef Marina and will allocate $1million in funding to the City of Joondalup to progress the project says Labor Candidate for Ocean Reef, Philippa Taylor

"Discussions about the Ocean Reef Marina have gone on far too long. Real steps need to be taken now to progress this important and much needed project in the northern suburbs," said Ms Taylor.

Read MoreWA Labor will progress Ocean Reef Marina

Freo Forum discusses sustainable transport options for election

Social Alliance February 2

Fremantle Town Hall was packed with 250 people on January 31 for a public meeting on sustainable transport organised by the Freo Road to Rail campaign and hosted by the Fremantle City Council. The forum was also supported by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), the Bicycle Users Group and the Wheatbelt Rail Retention Alliance.

Public transport has emerged as a major issue in the lead up to the March 9 state election.

Read MoreFreo Forum discusses sustainable transport options for election

Sam Wainwright speaking at sustainable transport forum

Fremantle Town Hall was packed with 250 people on January 31 for a public meeting on sustainable transport organised by the Freo Road to Rail campaign and hosted by the Fremantle City Council. The forum was also supported by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), the Bicycle Users Group and the Wheatbelt Rail Retention Alliance.

Read MoreSam Wainwright speaking at sustainable transport forum

Rally and concert for the Kimberley

Socialist Alliance

20,000 people turned out to hear the John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins and Bob Brown among others in a concert and rally and march for the Kimberley in Fremantle on February 24, 2013.

Read MoreRally and concert for the Kimberley

Indigenous Cultural Centre by Waterfront Should be World-Class, Top-Priority

Greens Statement

Lynn MacLaren MLC, Greens WA spokesperson on Arts and Culture, said today she welcomed the renewed focus on a national Indigenous Cultural Centre at the Waterfront development.

“A national Indigenous Cultural Centre should have been the State’s top priority for the waterfront development to offset the destruction of heritage values and loss of public open space,” Ms MacLaren said today at the ‘Get Your Arts Into Gear’ Election Forum run by the Chamber of Arts and Culture.

Read MoreIndigenous Cultural Centre by Waterfront Should be World-Class, Top-Priority

More facilities and reform for mental health

Liberal Statement

Two new step-up, step-down facilities will be built in regional Western Australia to support people with mental illness under the Liberal Government’s mental health plan.

Minister for Mental Health Helen Morton said $6.2million would be allocated to build and a further $2.8million per year to operate, two new step-up step-down facilities in Bunbury and Karratha.

Read MoreMore facilities and reform for mental health

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.

Read MoreLiberals put agriculture in the field

Labor allocates $20m to fast track rollout of SOE4 in regional WA

Labor Statement February 21

A McGowan Government will allocate $20million over four years to fast track the roll-out of an award-winning, state-of-the-art wireless network operating system for more than 200 regional primary schools, Shadow Minister for Education Paul Papalia said today.

Mr Papalia said the Standard Operating Environment 4 (SOE4) operating system allowed schools to make use of any wireless devices, tablets, laptops or PCs, within their school.

Read MoreLabor allocates $20m to fast track rollout of SOE4 in regional WA

Labor plans to protect Kimberley wilderness

Labor Statement February 22

A McGowan Labor Government will protect the pristine, unique environment of the Kimberley by creating two new parks, and move to protect the natural environment of the Mitchell Plateau, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor would create the Great North Kimberley Marine Park and the Fitzroy River National Park as part of its commitment to preserving the Kimberley region's important marine and terrestrial environments.

Read MoreLabor plans to protect Kimberley wilderness

WA Labor to protect seniors from financial elder abuse

Labor Statement February 22

A WA Labor Government will change laws relating to Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) to combat and prevent financial elder abuse, Shadow Minister for Seniors Margaret Quirk said today.

Ms Quirk said financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse and generally involves a family member seeking to transfer financial or real property. Research shows 84 per cent of people experiencing financial abuse also experience psychological abuse.

Read MoreWA Labor to protect seniors from financial elder abuse

Metronet: WA Labor announces new stations at Karnup and Atwell

Labor Statement February 23

A McGowan Labor Government will build new rail stations at Atwell and Karnup as part of its $3.8billion METRONET priority program over eight years to tackle Perth's congestion crisis, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said these stations will relieve the pressure on the Mandurah line car parks, in particular Cockburn Central, Warnbro and Mandurah.

Read MoreMetronet: WA Labor announces new stations at Karnup and Atwell

WA Labor allocates $100m to tackle cancer

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will allocate $100million over four years to provide more doctors, nurses and research to tackle cancer, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor’s package will include allocations of $45million for more cancer staff, $40million for medical research, $10million for asbestos-related cancer prevention and $5million to help low income earners with cancer related travel.

Read MoreWA Labor allocates $100m to tackle cancer

Barnett caught out lying on airport plan

Labor Statement

A fresh row has developed over Colin Barnett's lies, with WA Labor writing to all Perth radio stations pointing out that the Liberal Party's advertisements about WA Labor's airport rail plans are misleading, Shadow Transport Minister Ken Travers said today.

"Colin Barnett will say and do anything to get elected. Just like he lied about building the rail line to Ellenbrook, he is happy to lie about WA Labor's superior airport rail proposal," Mr Travers said.

Read MoreBarnett caught out lying on airport plan

WA Labor’s plan to slash hospital waitlists

Labor Statement

A McGowan Government will invest $45million over three years to reduce the current waiting list of 15,994 people by providing an additional 8,300 elective surgeries, WA Labor Leader McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said this investment will mean hospitals can perform an additional 8,300 elective surgeries, which is nearly half the current waitlist, and employ an extra 200 nurses.

Read MoreWA Labor’s plan to slash hospital waitlists

$125m to unlock the West Kimberley

Nationals Statement

The Nationals WA today launched their visionary $125 million West Kimberley Revitalisation Plan to help unlock the potential of the region, should they retain the balance of power at the State election.

Leader of The Nationals WA, Brendon Grylls and candidate for Kimberley, Michele Pucci said the $125 million Royalties for Regions package would kick-start important community projects, including additional funding to deliver the Broome Boating Facility.

Read More$125m to unlock the West Kimberley

Love urges cautious approach to fracking and land management

Nationals Statement

Nationals WA Candidate for Moore, Shane Love has stated that the development of the unconventional gas industry or fracking should only occur in line with community concern, in particularly those of affected landholders. 

Western Australia has enormous potential for onshore gas with production dating back more than 50 years in Western Australia. The Nationals in 2012 responded to community concern about the development of unconventional gas in the region by holding three forums in Eneabba, Dongara and Gingin to allow local residents to raise their concerns and for government bodies and industry to respond.

Read MoreLove urges cautious approach to fracking and land management

Christine Milne on James Price Point

Christine Milne questions Environment Minister on protection of James Price Point - Conroy fails to answer question or fails to answer.

Read MoreChristine Milne on James Price Point

Support the WA Nurses Strike

Socialist Alliance

The 10,000 nurses and midwives involved in industrial action across Western Australia have been threatened with disciplinary action and deregistration by the state’s Director General if they go ahead with a planned 24 hour strike on Monday. The industrial dispute, which for the first time in 12 years has seen the closure of beds across the state’s public hospitals, is set to intensify in the coming week as the State Government continues to ignore nurses’ demands on wages and conditions.

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WA Labor willing to sit down with Mr Barnett and nurses to prevent hospital chaos

Labor Statement

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan has offered to facilitate talks between the warring Barnett Government and Western Australian nurses in a bid to end ongoing industrial action.

Mr McGowan said Premier Colin Barnett should stop using the Caretaker Conventions as an excuse for not negotiating with the nurses.

Read MoreWA Labor willing to sit down with Mr Barnett and nurses to prevent hospital chaos

David Jones CEO is booted why not Buswell

David Jones CEO had to resign after inappropriate sexual conduct, so why not Buswell?

Premier Barnett has defended Treasurer Buswell despite his conduct over the last several years, including in the recent leaders debate
.

Read MoreDavid Jones CEO is booted why not Buswell

Asbestos - a problem not going away

Asbestos is a problem that is not going away for Western Australia.

Work at the Burswood Peninsula has highlighted the problesm of Asbestos that remains in WA.

Read MoreAsbestos - a problem not going away

Barnett caught out on forced amalgamations

Labor Statement

A Barnett Government backbencher has confirmed that the Liberal Party supports forced local government amalgamations, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the Armadale Examiner newspaper revealed that during a debate in Armadale on February 20, Member for Darling Range Tony Simpson admitted the Liberal Party supported forced amalgamations if the Government was re-elected.

Read MoreBarnett caught out on forced amalgamations

Barnett’s debt solution: Western Power set for market day

Labor Statement

Colin Barnett will sell Western Power if he is re-elected, WA Labor Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

Mr Wyatt said Mr Barnett's extraordinary statement this week that his Government will just keep borrowing money to pay for his election promises was not to be believed.

Read MoreBarnett’s debt solution: Western Power set for market day

Country pensioners set to benefit from Fuel Card increase,

Nationals Statement

Esperance pensioners with a Royalties for Regions’ Country Aged Pension Fuel Card will receive more assistance with fuel and transport costs, if The Nationals WA retain the balance of power in the State election.

Colin de Grussa, The Nationals WA Candidate for Eyre said 1300 pensioners in Esperance were already enjoying the benefits of the Fuel Card since it had been delivered by Royalties for Regions.

Read MoreCountry pensioners set to benefit from Fuel Card increase,

Overwhelming public support for Greens renewable energy vision

Greens Statement

Robin Chapple MLC, Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region, and Greens WA spokesperson for Climate Change and Energy policy, today welcomed the findings of the Shell Australia “Future Energy Survey 2013” report.  “This company can hardly be described as Green fellow-travellers, which lends even more credibility to their findings”, Mr Chapple observed.

Read MoreOverwhelming public support for Greens renewable energy vision

Carles shows there is still Love

Adele Carles is using the love word in her campaign strategy.

Carles is being sued by her Ex Lover and Treasurer Liberal Troy Buswell for disclosing personal details of their relationship.

Read MoreCarles shows there is still Love

Barnett Exerts His Influence on Free Speech

Premier Colin Barnett's admission in the press that he may have played some role in the controversial Dutch MP Gert Wilders canceling a speaking engagement in Perth is cause for discussion.

Whether disgusted or sympathetic to Wilders views the right to free speech must be a sacred and protected right in Australia.

Read MoreBarnett Exerts His Influence on Free Speech

Subi Mayor Slates Liberals

Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson has come out in an attack on the Barnett Governments intention to force Council mergers after the WA State Election.

Henderson has urged voters in the Council area to consider carefully how they vote in the upcoming election.

Read MoreSubi Mayor Slates Liberals

Greens launch Support for Schools Action Plan

Greens Statement

All students must be supported at school to achieve their very best regardless of their background or circumstances, says Greens WA spokesperson for education Alison Xamon.

Read MoreGreens launch Support for Schools Action Plan

Targeting crime hotspots with rapid response

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will take back the streets in high crime areas by funding three new mobile police posts and additional police patrol in identified high crime areas.

Premier Colin Barnett said if re-elected, the Liberal Government will provide $3.7million over four years to acquire, operate and staff the additional mobile police facilities (MPFs).

Read MoreTargeting crime hotspots with rapid response

Barnett’s secret plan to reduce debt exposed – privatisation

Labor Statement

Colin Barnett will look to sell the State's assets to try to fix his insatiable appetite for debt according to a former senior Government staffer, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

Mr Wyatt said a media report written today by Energy Minister Peter Collier's former Chief of Staff revealed Premier Colin Barnett's office made reference to privatisation as a 'second term project'.

Read MoreBarnett’s secret plan to reduce debt exposed – privatisation

Labor’s invests $7m to help fight cyber crime

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will invest $7million over five years to fund world-leading research to help combat cyber crime, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said this funding will help Edith Cowan University's Security Research Institute to secure federal funding to create the $100million Cyber Cooperative Research Centre.

Read MoreLabor’s invests $7m to help fight cyber crime

WA Labor’s plan to recognise and support the State’s 310,000 carers

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will develop a whole of Government strategic plan for the State's 310,000 carers to ensure they get the support and recognition they deserve, Shadow Minister for Community Services Sue Ellery said today.

Ms Ellery said Western Australia's growing ageing population, along with an increasing numbers of Western Australians with complex health and social needs, meant it was important to maximise the support and assistance that all government agencies provided to informal friend and family carers.

Read MoreWA Labor’s plan to recognise and support the State’s 310,000 carers

WA Labor unveils its Science Skills of the Future Strategy for Western Australia

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will develop a Science Skills of the Future Strategy for Western Australia which will guide the Government in developing the skilled workforce of the future, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"My vision for Western Australia is of a broad economy which generates jobs in a diverse range of industries," Mr McGowan said.

Read MoreWA Labor unveils its Science Skills of the Future Strategy for Western Australia

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.

Read MoreMetronet to provide injection of jobs

Key questions about the energy market are left unanswered

Greens Statement

Greens WA spokesperson for Energy, Robin Chapple MLC, today congratulated Labor on working towards a plan to innovate in the WA energy market, however called for clarification on how this would benefit the renewable energy industry.

Read MoreKey questions about the energy market are left unanswered

WA Labor to make life easier for seniors

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will make life easier for seniors by introducing free photo ID cards for seniors who do not hold a valid driver's licence and ensure all seniors and pensioners living in retirement villages and caravan parks receive their Cost of Living Assistance (CoLA) payment, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Read MoreWA Labor to make life easier for seniors

Two hands in one purse: Buswell’s costing dilemma

Labor Statement

Treasurer Troy Buswell is being deliberately tricky by not committing to submitting the combined impact of the Liberal and National Parties' election promises to Treasury, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

Mr Wyatt said Premier Colin Barnett has already committed to the Nationals and Liberal Party forming a coalition if they have a majority in the new Parliament, regardless of the outcome - but both parties are making separate elections commitments.

Read MoreTwo hands in one purse: Buswell’s costing dilemma

WA's health system ailing under Barnett Government

Labor Statement

Colin Barnett's plan to increase funding for medical research will do nothing to ease the immediate pressure on Western Australia's health system, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"Mr Barnett's focus on the wrong priorities, like the Elizabeth Quay development and his $27million palace, has come at the expense of the investment needed to ensure Western Australia has a world class health system," Mr McGowan said.

Read MoreWA's health system ailing under Barnett Government

WA Labor’s policy to judge the Judges

Labor Statement

A McGowan Government will establish the Western Australian Sentencing Council to ensure sentences handed out to criminals reflect the community's opinions, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the Council would be an independent body with nine members and report to the WA Parliament.

Read MoreWA Labor’s policy to judge the Judges

WA Labor to transform AMC into one of Australia’s biggest technology parks

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will establish the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) Technology Park, one of the biggest technology parks in Australia, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor created the AMC in Henderson, which is the base for Australia's biggest marine industry, and is committed to expanding its capacity and capability.

Read MoreWA Labor to transform AMC into one of Australia’s biggest technology parks

Pre-election push by peak body for a WA Minister for Ageing

source Aged and Community Services WA

As the State election campaign ramps up, the leading representative body for the not-for-profit aged and community care sector in Western Australia is calling on the newly elected government to appoint a Minister for Ageing to prioritise aged care issues.

Aged and Community Services WA (ACSWA) has developed a briefing paper outlining the inadequacies of the current aged care system, impacted by the State’s size, remoteness and unique circumstances, and is calling for a dedicated and well-resourced Ministerial appointment to assist in placing the sector on a sustainable footing.

Read MorePre-election push by peak body for a WA Minister for Ageing

Liberals’ night court promise will come up short

Labor Statement

The Liberal Party's plan to have magistrates sit seven days a week and at night is yet another admission of the Barnett Government's failure to get crime under control, Shadow Attorney General John Quigley said today.

Mr Quigley said Colin Barnett's failure to honour his election promise to employ an additional 500 police officers has seen crime steadily increase across WA over the past four and-a-half years.

Read MoreLiberals’ night court promise will come up short

Buswell tricky on submitting costings to Treasury

Labor Statement

The Barnett Government must come clean on its own rail and light rail election costings and follow Mark McGowan's lead by committing to submitting them to Treasury, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

"Mark McGowan and WA Labor have been open, honest and accountable. It's made tough decisions and it's not afraid to have its METRONET figures costed by Treasury," Mr Wyatt said.

Read MoreBuswell tricky on submitting costings to Treasury

Gambling, Sports and Colin Barnett’s Hypocrisy

Kevin Morgan Independent Candidate for Cottesloe

Colin Barnett lamenting that our kids are being “deluged with enticement about gambling”, while proposing to build a new sports stadium next to the Casino, is a breathtaking show of hypocrisy.

How can he complain gambling advertising is ruining our kids (as it is) without realising it’s just as harmful to make them walk past Crown’s flashing gaming halls whenever they go to see big sports stars playing at big sports events?

Read MoreGambling, Sports and Colin Barnett’s Hypocrisy

Barnett Gags Ministers from meeting Police Union

Police Union President has been critical of Premier Colin Barnett for gagging some WA Ministers.

George Tilbury has said Barnett has order some Ministers not to meet with the Western Australian Police Union.

Read MoreBarnett Gags Ministers from meeting Police Union

Health impact justifies renewable energy

source: Greens candidate Dr George Crisp

All of our activities and industries have differing, sometimes complex, health consequences. A striking example is in electricity generation, where ‘renewables’ and fossil fuel combustion have markedly contrasting implications for our health, now and in the future.

Along with the undoubted health and social benefits derived from accessible and available electricity, there are also inherent, often unrecognised or unaccounted, adverse effects from these same energy generation processes.

Read MoreHealth impact justifies renewable energy

No Risk to Royalties for Regions: It's Here to Stay!

Greens for the Kimberley

Royalties for Regions is an Act of Parliament assented to on 3 December 2009. Each of the major political parties support it and it enjoys wide appeal across country WA. It is now the main government strategy for ensuring a percentage of all mining royalties are spent in regional WA.

There is a perception that the Royalties for Regions program belongs to the National Party. This is quite untrue and misleading.

Read MoreNo Risk to Royalties for Regions: It's Here to Stay!

Don’t sacrifice Perth light rail to politics

Greens Statement

The Greens light rail proposal adapted by the Western Australian Government should not be sacrificed for 'MetroNet', the Greens warned today.

Greens WA state transport spokesperson Lynn MacLaren said scrapping light rail would waste the planning and design work already done and forgo the city-building potential of electric light rail.

Read MoreDon’t sacrifice Perth light rail to politics

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.

Read MoreGreens’ plan to assist farmers adapt to climate change to remain viable

Greens call for action on no-fault insurance scheme as stepping stone to NDIS

Greens Statement

WA has already missed out on the early rollout of launch sites for the NDIS because of inaction by the Barnett Government including its failure to set up a no-fault insurance scheme.

Read MoreGreens call for action on no-fault insurance scheme as stepping stone to NDIS

Scitech to move to Burswood

Liberal Statement

A new world class home for Scitech will be built in the new eastside precinct at Burswood on a site nearly twice its current size under a re-elected Liberal Government.
 
After 24 years as the State’s premier science education centre, Scitech has nearly outgrown its 5,046 square metre West Perth headquarters.

Read MoreScitech to move to Burswood

Health check for every pre-primary child

Liberal Statement

A re-elected Liberal Government will appoint an additional 155 full-time equivalent (FTE) school nurses to provide health care to WA’s school-aged children, Premier Colin Barnett said today.

Mr Barnett said the $57.2million investment would improve access to health care for children who need it most, and guarantee children access to a health assessment upon starting school.

Read MoreHealth check for every pre-primary child

Hoons face even tougher penalties

Liberal Statement February 17

Any hoon caught terrorising suburban streets will face immediate, permanent confiscation of their vehicle if a Liberal Government is re-elected on March 9.

Premier Colin Barnett said the suite of new measures will focus on targeting hoon behaviour in suburban areas.

Read MoreHoons face even tougher penalties

What Is Happening with Asbestos in Schools

In 1998 Colin Barnett as the then Education Minister Barnett acknowledged the problem of Asbestos in schools and a roof replacement was undertaken in schools.

However what has happened since?

Read MoreWhat Is Happening with Asbestos in Schools

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.

Read MoreWhat has Happened to Oakajee

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.

Read MoreKimberley Marine Park process of concern

Will Barnett Suspend Local Government if Re-Elected

Save our Subiaco campaigners have claimed that if Colin Barnett is re-elected 'local governments will most likely be suspended'.

Read MoreWill Barnett Suspend Local Government if Re-Elected

Rail for Grain an issue for Cancer & Health

The rail v truck debate for regional grain must also take into consideration health and cancer issues.

Experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO) state diesel engine exhaust fumes can cause cancer in humans.

Read MoreRail for Grain an issue for Cancer & Health

Major traffic chaos results from closing Riverside Drive

source Western Suburbs Alliance

A major inquiry into Elizabeth Quay prepared by three prominent citizens: the Hon Robert Nicholson AO, Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton AO and retired Associate Professor of Architecture David Standen AM, has found that the planning process was deeply flawed, and requires immediate, extensive review.

Read MoreMajor traffic chaos results from closing Riverside Drive

Enough is Enough - road safety

Open to the Minister of Police and Road Safety by Enough is Enough organisation.

I now take this opportunity with the election in sight to reiterate those ideas, particularly given the horrific start to the year on WA roads, the worst in the nation. Enough is Enough WA Inc. represents over 5,600 members, including many victims of road tragedies. We are calling on the Western Australian Government to consider the proposals outlined below in an effort to save lives, and work with the community towards a zero toll future on WA roads.

Read MoreEnough is Enough - road safety

Conservation Council Election Priorities

The Conservation Council of Western Australia have identified from their research 12 keys areas supported by voters on the WA environment.

Read MoreConservation Council Election Priorities

Liberals take sudden interest in catching hoons

Labor Statement

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan welcomed the Liberal Party's new hoon laws, following four and-a-half years of inaction on the issue, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"The Barnett Government has had the longest term of Government in State history, yet its attempts to eradicate hooning have failed," Mr McGowan said.

Read MoreLiberals take sudden interest in catching hoons

Barnett Government action on phosphorous pollution half-hearted

Greens Statement December 13, 2012

A slightly reduced limit on the amount of phosphorous in home garden fertilisers is long overdue but is only part of what is required to clean up our waterways, says Greens Water Spokesperson Alison Xamon.

“The State Government’s announcement that they will slightly reduce the amount of phosphorous in home garden fertilisers is welcome, however it is only addressing half of the strategy.  The Government must also commit to funding an education campaign as to the best ways to use domestic fertilisers,” Ms Xamon said.

Read MoreBarnett Government action on phosphorous pollution half-hearted

Plight of mentally impaired accused is worse, not better

Greens Statement January 8

The threat of mandatory time or being kept indefinitely in jail continues to hang over the heads of the State’s mentally impaired accused people following the Barnett/Grylls Government’s failure to undertake desperately needed law reform during its term of government.

Greens spokesperson for mental health and disabilities Alison Xamon said that despite constant lobbying from community groups, the devastating consequence of the Government’s so-called “tough on crime” legislative agenda still remained.

Read MorePlight of mentally impaired accused is worse, not better

Rottnest Island – what does it mean to you?

Greens Statement January 10

In many ways Rottnest Island is like the Swan River – unique, iconic, and much loved by the denizens of Perth. But who does it belong to, other than to itself? Who has the right to make decisions about its future? Who will preserve its values, and is there consensus on what those values are?

Read MoreRottnest Island – what does it mean to you?

Funding increase set for regional arts

Nationals Statement

Local Member and Nationals WA Candidate for Warren Blackwood Terry Redman says the Nationals’ plan to  increase investment into regional arts .will assist artistic and cultural endeavours in regional communities like Denmark  

The Nationals WA will boost funding by up to $16 million over four years to support regional and indigenous arts and cultural groups, entertainment centres, and individual projects, should the party retain the balance of power following the State election in March.

Read MoreFunding increase set for regional arts

Costly Bridge Only Adds to Car Woes

Greens Statement January 15

Welcoming the RAC’s recent push for congestion solutions, the Greens pointed to better spending priorities than a costly traffic bridge that would add to car woes.

“This $10b costly bridge will only add to our car woes,” Greens transport spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC said. “Light rail is where we should be putting our transport dollars.

Read MoreCostly Bridge Only Adds to Car Woes

Carles Says Big Parties Ignore Euthanasia

Fremantle MP Adele Carles has accused the big parties of trying to avoid the euthanasia issue.

Carles has said MP ignore voters when the matter comes to euthanasia.

Read MoreCarles Says Big Parties Ignore Euthanasia

Calls for Review of Disability Funding Assessments

source Janet Woollard

Independent Member for Alfred Cove, Dr Janet Woollard MP, is calling on the State Government to review funding and care level assessments for students with disabilities.  This follows a recent incident in which the Department of Education’s Schools Plus  funding program rejected the application for full time care for a kindergarten student who requires this support to ensure she is safe at school and able to interact with other children and staff.
 
Dr Woollard said the current system was onerous, time consuming, difficult and has the potential to inadvertently exclude students with disabilities who require significant care.

Read MoreCalls for Review of Disability Funding Assessments

Hipkins Criticises Marmion Support

Independent candidate Max Hipkins has criticised Bill Marmion's support for Shenton Park Auditorium.

Hipkins has said about Marmion, 'opponent gives support only in election lead-up'.

Read MoreHipkins Criticises Marmion Support

Is Buswell about to get hit by Mack Truck

Not often a political candidate comes to an election in a Mack Truck, however Independent candidate Greg Ross is happy to show his driving capabilities.

Greg Ross Truck

Ross is also not backward in being critical of Treasurer Troy Buswell, often dubbed the bully of WA politics, having more than one female politician in tears.

Read MoreIs Buswell about to get hit by Mack Truck

US Nuclear Device a Failure with Fracking

US attempts to Frack for Gas in Colorado was a disaster for the environment and community.

1969 the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) detonated a 40-kiloton nuclear device 8,426 feet below the ground surface in an attempt to release commercially marketable quantities of natural gas from the fine-grained, low-permeability sandstone of the Williams Fork Formation.

Read MoreUS Nuclear Device a Failure with Fracking

CCWA want environment on the election agenda

The Conservation Council of Western Australia wants to make sure environment is on the election agenda.

They say,'During an election campaign MPs are more willing to listen and act than at any other time'.

CCWA On The Agenda

Read MoreCCWA want environment on the election agenda

Major 2 Silent on Abortion

Liberal and Labor do not have a policy paper on abortion on their websites for WA's 2013 election.

Read MoreMajor 2 Silent on Abortion

Kalamunda Forum Review

via Greg Ross

The Kalamunda Public Forum, on Tuesday 12th Feb, has been praised as a success, with a turn-out of just under 100 people, in oppressive heat and humidity. Several councillors in attendance were impressed enough to ask the guest speakers to meet with the council to discuss the implications of Colin Barnett’s and John Day’s Development Assessment Panels and looming forced amalgamations.

Read MoreKalamunda Forum Review

Ferry Service Could be Ready in Two Years

source Janet Woollard

A regular scheduled public ferry service could be up and running within two years at a fraction of the cost of building major new infrastructure to ease Perth’s traffic congestion, the Independent Member for Alfred Cove, Dr Janet Woollard said today.

Read MoreFerry Service Could be Ready in Two Years

Hearing Loss -Diagnosis is good but fix the cause!

Kimberley Candidate Chris Maher

Poor nutrition is a root cause of high rates of hearing loss among Aboriginal children in the Kimberley. Not eating well leaves a child run down and vulnerable to virus infections. Frequent colds and runny noses block the Eustachian tube, leading to an infection in the middle ear that, if untreated, causes the ear drum to break.

We could save a lot of health service dollars and have happier, healthier Kimberley children by addressing the root cause of this issue and supported community stores across the region. All Kimberley communities with a school should have a store that provides families with affordable fresh fruit and vegetables. There is evidence of one community reducing the incidence of ear infections significantly through a nutrition program.

Read MoreHearing Loss -Diagnosis is good but fix the cause!

Greens launch Energy 2029 website

Greens have launched their comprehensive energy plan called Energy 2029 and website.

Read MoreGreens launch Energy 2029 website

More families to delight in WA parks

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will fundamentally change and improve how Western Australia’s parks are managed and enjoyed.

Premier Colin Barnett has announced DEC (Department of Environment and Conservation) will be replaced by two separate environmental agencies, the Western Australian Parks Authority (WAPA) to promote and protect the State’s world famous parks, and the Department of Environment Regulation (DER) which will focus on regulation and licensing.

Read MoreMore families to delight in WA parks

WA Labor reaffirms support for public sector jobs

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will stop the outsourcing and privatisation of public sector services and, where possible, return outsourced services to the public sector, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor recognises the significant role of Western Australia's public sector in providing the services which support the growth of the WA economy.

Read MoreWA Labor reaffirms support for public sector jobs

Community Pool Revitalisation policy being well received

Nationals Statement

Local Government swimming pools throughout the Kimberley will receive funding for maintenance and upgrades under the Nationals WA Community Pool Revitalisation policy.

Meeting with Broome CEO, Mr Kenn Donohoe at the Recreation and Aquatic Centre today, Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon Terry Waldron along with Nationals WA candidate for the Kimberley, Michele Pucci discussed the advantages such funds would bring to local pools across regional Western Australia.

Read MoreCommunity Pool Revitalisation policy being well received

FIFO report gives Royalties for Regions the thumbs up

Nationals Statement

Nationals WA president Colin Holt MLC has welcomed the release of a report into fly-in fly-out and drive-in drive-out work practices: Cancer of the Bush or Salvation for our Cities which praises the efforts of Royalties for Regions in reversing the FIFO trend.

Mr Holt said the Federal Regional Australia Committee’s report made a number of recommendations to ensure the future prosperity of resource communities.

Read MoreFIFO report gives Royalties for Regions the thumbs up

Students warn that new medical school could worsen medical training crisis

source AMSA

Students warn that new medical school could worsen medical training crisis

The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) is deeply concerned about Curtin University’s plan to open a new medical school in Perth, at a time when record numbers of medical graduates are competing for limited intern places.

Read MoreStudents warn that new medical school could worsen medical training crisis

More funding for local sports clubs and athletes

Nationals Announcement

Nationals WA candidate for Moore, Shane Love today said The Nationals’ would provide funding to support talented athletes and help sporting clubs in regional WA access equipment.

Mr Love said the Junior Representative Travel Assistance Program and the Community Sports Equipment Grants recognized the importance of sports in regional communities and would encourage participation.

Read MoreMore funding for local sports clubs and athletes

Progress, but future of Secondary Education in Fremantle still in doubt

by High School Options for Fremantle

Responding to today’s announcement by WA Labor on its secondary education platform for Fremantle, the High School Options for Fremantle (HSOF) parents’ group said it supported the party’s long-term plan to enhance science programs at South Fremantle but that opening John Curtin high school to local children was also essential.

Read MoreProgress, but future of Secondary Education in Fremantle still in doubt

Anti-fracking activists versus Stirling Council

source Socialist Alliance

Local activist Trish McAuliffe has had a run-in with the Stirling City Council in Perth's northern suburbs over a banner on her property advertising a public meeting about gas fracking.

McAuliffe is a member of grassroots campaign group No Fracking Way and put up a hand-painted banner on her own property that said “Fracking = pollution”. The sign also gave details for a public meeting organised by the Clean Water Healthy Land alliance featuring a speaker from the Lock the Gate Alliance.

No Fracking Sign

Read MoreAnti-fracking activists versus Stirling Council

Perth needs better taxi services

Kevin Morgan Independent for Cottesloe

A $9 taxi pick-up fee is ridiculous.

For significantly less than the $9 fee recently introduced by the Liberals, the taxi industry can be reformed through a plate buy-back scheme so it can become predominantly owner/drivers, better trained and policed for service standards, and which together with market forces will deliver better outcomes in satisfying consumer demand for taxis.

Read MorePerth needs better taxi services

Support for eastern suburbs university

Liberal Announcement

Premier Colin Barnett has announced the Liberals’ plan, if re-elected, to see the establishment of a university campus in Midland to provide tertiary education opportunities to Perth’s eastern suburbs, hills and regional areas.

“We are committed to providing better access to tertiary education to people in the eastern suburbs and promoting opportunities in this region,” Mr Barnett said.

Read MoreSupport for eastern suburbs university

South Fremantle SHS to become a leader in science education

Labor Statement

WA Labor will invest $3million to make South Fremantle Senior High School one of the State's leading education centres for science.

Mr McGowan said as part of this plan WA Labor would establish a selective Gifted and Talented (GATE) program at South Fremantle Senior High School, spend $2 million upgrading its science facilities and establish the State's first Future Science Centre.

Read MoreSouth Fremantle SHS to become a leader in science education

Greens water policy identifies up to 260GL of water savings

Greens Statement

The Greens have identified ways to potentially save more drinking water through conservation efforts than the combined output of the Kwinana and Binningup desalination plants . 

The Greens Smart With Water Action Plan is based on comprehensive research and shows that simple measures like providing incentives for  greywater plumbing for homes; expanding managed aquifer recharge; increasing the use of  treated waste water by industry; and rolling out more smart meters could save up to 260 billion litres a year by 2029.

Read MoreGreens water policy identifies up to 260GL of water savings

Departmental report confirms Greens’ warnings over Gnangara Mound

Greens Statement

A new Department of Water report has confirmed warnings made repeatedly by the Greens that too much groundwater is being drawn from the Gnangara Mound.

Read MoreDepartmental report confirms Greens’ warnings over Gnangara Mound

WA Labor will fund WACSSO School Council training

source: WACSSO

In a letter responding to WACSSO last month, Minister for Education Hon. Peter Collier was unable to match Shadow Minister Paul Papalia’s announcement in August that WA Labor would return funding to WACSSO to undertake school council/board training for parents on the back of strong demand from school communities.

Read MoreWA Labor will fund WACSSO School Council training

Every family needs a home

source Football West

The WA Football Family needs a new home. Football West Chief Executive Peter Hugg explains why we need your support.

They say that sport and politics should never be mixed and, as much as possible throughout my career, I have tried to heed this general creed. However, one strong belief I do have, and will continue to communicate, is that government has a responsibility to fund sport and the associated community facilities because of the benefits they bring to society.

Read MoreEvery family needs a home

Barnett out Of Touch on Housing Problems

Premier Barnett and the WA Government would appear to be out of touch and not on top of the Western Australian Housing situation after comments by a WA Council.

Recently Barnett said he did not accept there was a housing crisis in Perth, and called it growing pains.

Read MoreBarnett out Of Touch on Housing Problems

Whitfield Acts on Housing Problems

Rockingham Independent candidate Matthew Whitfield has acted on Western Australian housing issues.

Whitfield states, 'the fact we have a lot of people living in caravan parks and their cars or hostels, shows that we do have a problem here'

Read MoreWhitfield Acts on Housing Problems

Stirling Council Sends Crisis Victims Away

Stirling City Council is running at capacity with its crisis accommodation services.

They have said there is an increasing number of homeless not affected by family or domestic violence accessing the service.

Read MoreStirling Council Sends Crisis Victims Away

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.

Read MoreFree Kick’s a Foul on Sport Stadium

MAX to transform Perth’s public transport

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will maintain its nation-leading infrastructure program by building the Metro Area Express (MAX), a new light rail system connecting Mirrabooka with the CBD and across to Nedlands and Victoria Park, with commuters able to use the new rail by 2018.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell today announced MAX as a key part of a Liberal Government’s plan to build Perth’s future public transport system.

Read MoreMAX to transform Perth’s public transport

WA Labor to invest $1.27b in school infrastructure

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will invest almost $1.27billion in school infrastructure to make sure Perth's schools are equipped to give children a 21st century education, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor supports public education and believes every child should get a quality education, no matter where they live.

Read MoreWA Labor to invest $1.27b in school infrastructure

Better weather information on The Nationals WA radar

Nationals Statement

The Nationals WA candidate for Moore Shane Love says a new weather radar station at Jurien Bay would benefit farmers, fishermen and emergency services.

The new radar station is proposed in The Nationals WA $300 million dollar agriculture policy, which aims to help WA farmers seize the opportunities being created through the rapid economic growth in Asia.

Read MoreBetter weather information on The Nationals WA radar

Barnett's No Housing Crisis Conflicts with Claremont Footy

Premier Barnett's comments recently that there is not a housing crisis in Western Australia is contradicted by WAFL Claremont Football Club comments.

Read MoreBarnett's No Housing Crisis Conflicts with Claremont Footy

Buswell ‘spies’ on Opposition Treasury briefing

Labor Statement February 8

Treasurer Troy Buswell today secretly had one of his political members of staff attend the Department of Treasury's briefing to the WA Labor Opposition on the State's finances, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

Read MoreBuswell ‘spies’ on Opposition Treasury briefing

Silence From Government of Burswood Peninsula Asbestos Claims

The press reports of Asbestos problems at the Burswood Peninsula have seen little or no response by the WA Government.

The Public Health website has no release about the problems, and our call to the Health Ministers office as Joe Public was a 'do not know' and transfer to Health Department and a phone ring around.

Read MoreSilence From Government of Burswood Peninsula Asbestos Claims

Environmental assessment needed for Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct at Burswood Peninsula

This is what the Burswood Peninsula looks like now. It is a far cry from its former uses as a rubbish tip, sewerage treatment works and industrial site.  The site has been rehabilitated into a public golf course (that attracts 80,000 golfers annually), lakes, birds, trees and parkland. But not for long – the State Government has other plans.

Read MoreEnvironmental assessment needed for Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct at Burswood Peninsula

2 Majors Different Adopt Approaches

Liberal and Labor are taking different approaches in press releases and announcements.

Read More2 Majors Different Adopt Approaches

WA Labor to buy 144 new generation rail cars

Labor Statement

A McGowan Government will invest $590million to buy new rail cars and build a train depot for the METRONET network over eight years, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor’s plans would see 210 new rail cars enter the system over the next eight years to relieve Perth’s congestion crisis.

Read MoreWA Labor to buy 144 new generation rail cars

Building a better CCTV network

Liberal Statement

Premier Colin Barnett said a Liberal Government, if re-elected, will fund additional CCTV cameras and introduce a coordinated State CCTV network, which will assist in targeting problem areas, and ensure more effective police tasking.

Read MoreBuilding a better CCTV network

More freedom for restaurants and bars

Liberal Announcement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will give people the ability to purchase alcohol without a meal at restaurants and also end an out-dated restriction which places an unnecessary burden on some bars with alfresco areas.

Premier Colin Barnett said Western Australia was maturing into a modern and culturally diverse State and some out-dated licensing conventions were overdue for change.

Read MoreMore freedom for restaurants and bars

Liberals’ airport rail delivers to front door

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will build a new airport rail link transporting domestic and international passengers to Perth Airport‟s front door.

Premier Colin Barnett said the Perth Airport rail link would be built for Western Australia‟s future, offering public transport to travellers and opening up transport options to residents in the eastern suburbs.

Read MoreLiberals’ airport rail delivers to front door

Premier Colin Barnett has a problem with telling the truth

Labor Statement January 31

Premier Colin Barnett's tendency to be loose with the truth continued this morning, with the Premier once again making multiple comments containing blatant factual errors on FM radio, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

Mr Wyatt said when asked about the Barnett Government's broken 2008 election promise to build the Ellenbrook rail line, Mr Barnett claimed the Liberal Party made no such commitment.

Read MorePremier Colin Barnett has a problem with telling the truth

Save Lake Nowergup Campaigners Say Marmion Never Visited

Save Lake Neerabup campaigners in Wanneroo have stated WA Environment Minister Bill Marmion has never visited the site.

Read MoreSave Lake Nowergup Campaigners Say Marmion Never Visited

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.

Read MoreNerilee Boshammer addressing WA Forest Alliance

Giz Watson MLC addressing West Australia Forest Alliance

The West Australian Forrest Alliance invited candidates for the South West area to speak to their assembled group representatives.

Having been a long time SW forest activist before and during her 16 years in Parliament Giz shared her thoughts with the group.

Read MoreGiz Watson MLC addressing West Australia Forest Alliance

Greens Have Alternative Third

WA Greens have enough Lower House Legislative Assembly candidates to form Government.

Read MoreGreens Have Alternative Third

Barnett Says No Housing Crisis

Premier Colin Barnett has stated in an interview during January 2013 there is not a housing crisis in Western Australia.

Barnett said there are always homeless people, saying, 'there are people homeless throughout Australia, the difference is can get a job in Western Australia.'

Read MoreBarnett Says No Housing Crisis

WA Labor unveils community safety plan for suburbs and towns

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will combat crime and antisocial behaviour in our communities by providing $16million over four years to its SAFER Suburbs SAFER Towns fund, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will reverse the Barnett Government's bad decision to slash the Community Safety and Crime Prevention fund.

Read MoreWA Labor unveils community safety plan for suburbs and towns

Whitfield to Support Nurses

Independent candidate for Rockingham in the upcoming WA State election Matthew Whitfield has said he will be WA Nurses.

Whitfield who is contesting the seat against Labor leader Mark McGowan has said, after attending todays rally in Rockingham by nurses, 'our local nurses who are simply seeking a more equitable deal.'

Read MoreWhitfield to Support Nurses

Kalamunda Aged Care Statement

Greg Ross Statement

I believe the best and most logical site to immediately commence work on a high-end aged care facility for the Electorate of Kalamunda is the Parks and Recreation Reserve in Wilkins Road.

Read MoreKalamunda Aged Care Statement

Concerns over fracking drill rig reinforce call for independent oversight

Greens Statement

The Greens today called for the Government to take a closer look at worker safety in unconventional gas exploration and for independent oversight of the fracking industry after a fracking company announced to the ASX that it had cancelled its contract with a major fracking rig.

Read MoreConcerns over fracking drill rig reinforce call for independent oversight

$ 4m to engage students in learning

Liberal Statement

Funding to specialised schools helping students with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties will be increased to $4million over four years under a Liberal Government.
 
Education Minister Peter Collier said the money would go to Curriculum and Re-engagement in Education (CARE) schools which currently enrol more than 800 disengaged students across 10 sites.

Read More$ 4m to engage students in learning

WA Labor unveils Northern Health Initiative

Labor Statement

WA Labor will prioritise the health needs of the North West, Pilbara and Kimberley regions with the creation of the Northern Health Initiative, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the Initiative will invest close to $300million over three years into the health needs of Western Australia's north and deliver better hospitals and improved health services to regional WA.

Read MoreWA Labor unveils Northern Health Initiative

Why Multi Fraud issues at Peel Health

The fraud squad investigation into Peel Campus whistle blower Ashton Foley is another in saga's that have surrounded the Mandurah Hospital.

WA Police have been quoted as saying they are investigating a complaint by Peel Health over Foley's employment at the hospital.

Read MoreWhy Multi Fraud issues at Peel Health

Housing assistance remains important for many Australians as affordability pressures grow

by AIHW

Housing assistance remains important for many Australians, particularly with increasing households experiencing 'housing stress', according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The demand for social housing (rental housing provided by government or not-for-profit community organisations) continues to be high and waiting lists remain long.

Read MoreHousing assistance remains important for many Australians as affordability pressures grow

WA Cancer Council Priorities

The WA Cancer Council has released its wanted priorities for the WA 2013 election.

  • More specially trained cancer doctors, nurses and health professionals. There are simply too few experts to treat the cancers of today and certainly not enough for the future.
  • More money for health and medical research. Western Australia is falling sadly behind other States in Australia due to a lack of investment by the State Government. We want the next State Government to address this shortfall.
  • More action on asbestos. There is too much asbestos in the WA community, we know too little about where it is and there is insufficient action to educate those exposed, to safely remove, transport or dispose of it.

Read MoreWA Cancer Council Priorities

Thousands recruited to campaign to make cancer an election priority

Cancer Council WA Media release  January 23

Cancer Council Western Australia will enlist the support of more than 50,000 West Australians in its push to make cancer a significant issue in the coming State election.

Cancer Council will tomorrow (Jan 24) begin a campaign to encourage the tens of thousands of people on its database to write to or email the leaders of the major parties to let them know that addressing key cancer issues should be a priority for the next government.

Read MoreThousands recruited to campaign to make cancer an election priority

Shadow Boxing - Janet Pettigrew Candidate for Balcatta

Janet Pettigrew Labor candidate on WTV shadow Boxing, an interview.

Seeking to take over from John Kobelke the current sitting Labor member for the seat of Balcatta.

Read MoreShadow Boxing - Janet Pettigrew Candidate for Balcatta

Greens WA say WA Government’s Energy Contracts are the White Elephant in the Room

Greens Statement

The long-promised Muja coal-fired power station refurbishment is still incomplete, and Treasury has now revealed that costs have blown out over $100 million.

The original cost of the project was $150, with costs now standing at over $250 million and still rising and no announcement of a completion date.

The Greens WA have hit out at the Government today about the cost blow-out and the unnecessary investment in fossil fuel generators.

Read MoreGreens WA say WA Government’s Energy Contracts are the White Elephant in the Room

SES Not Happy With Government Interference

by SES Volunteers Association (inc.)

SES is a National Brand and the SES Volunteers must remain in this identity and not only perform the roles of their brothers and sisters in other States but be seen to do so as SES in Orange.

The SES evolved out of the Civil Defence days and the Volunteers are both altruistic in their nature and community minded.

Read MoreSES Not Happy With Government Interference

Perth Health Given up for Hotel

During 2012 the Burswood Golf Course was carved up for a new sport stadium and a Packer Casino Hotel.

In the hotel deal Packer received land valued at $95m for a discounted price of $60m after meeetings with Premier Barnett and the WA Government.

Read MorePerth Health Given up for Hotel

Circle Freeway a welcome consequence of METRONET plan

Labor Statement February 3

A McGowan Government will build a new Circle Freeway to allow uninterrupted travel between Perth's northern, eastern and southern suburbs, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the new freeway commitment would allow commuters to travel from the Kwinana Freeway to Perth Airport, then up Tonkin Highway to Reid Highway and back across to the Mitchell Freeway without a traffic light.

Read MoreCircle Freeway a welcome consequence of METRONET plan

WA Labor makes school attendance a priority

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will make school attendance a priority by adopting a whole-of-government response to attendance problems confronting WA schools, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said a student is considered to regularly attend school if they attend for at least 90 per cent of the time. According to the Department of Education's Annual reports, attendance rates among Aboriginal secondary students fell from 69 per cent in 2007-08 to 64 per cent in 2011-12.

Read MoreWA Labor makes school attendance a priority

Dust Emissions - Cockburn Cement Plant

Greens Statement

Cockburn Cement is the leading supplier of quicklime and cement products in WA. With a total lime production capacity in excess of one million tonnes, the Cockburn Cement plant is the largest lime producer in Australia.

The plant commenced operations in 1951. Since this time, the surrounding areas have been turned into residential developments and residents are being seriously affected by the emissions from the plant.

Read MoreDust Emissions - Cockburn Cement Plant

Nationals' plan to boost training for local workforce

Nationals Statement

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

Mr Sutton 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.

Read MoreNationals' plan to boost training for local workforce

Federal Labor & Liberals keep Western Australians in the dark on light rail

Greens Statement

A move by Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam to have the Federal Government disclose Troy Buswell's attempts to secure federal funding for Perth light rail was defeated by Labor and the Coalition in the Senate today.

Senator Ludlam moved to have the documents made public after Mr Buswell refused to commit to building light rail in Perth and refused to reveal costings.  The Federal Government revealed today that the State Government asked that the details of their application be kept secret.

Read MoreFederal Labor & Liberals keep Western Australians in the dark on light rail

Toughest penalties in Australia for home invasions

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government will introduce legislation to tighten mandatory sentencing laws for serial burglars and impose the toughest penalties in Australia for serious home invasions.

Read MoreToughest penalties in Australia for home invasions

McGowan Snubs Rockingham

Opposition leader Mark McGowan and Rockingham member has rejected an invitation to participate in a local Rockingham debate.

Independent candidate Matt Whitfield had been trying to organise a debate between labor and liberal said he was disappointed with McGowan, 'after weeks of claiming his diary was full, no reason was given at all' for the non attendance.

Read MoreMcGowan Snubs Rockingham

Buswell Drink Saga Date to 2007

Reporting and claims of Troy Buswell and alcohol have dated back to 2007.

The Buswell Bras Snapping issue back in October 23, 2007 had wife of the Transport Minister saying 'it does not define him'.

Allegedly drunk Mr Buswell unclipped a Labor staffer's bra at Parliament House, and his wife forgave him.

Read MoreBuswell Drink Saga Date to 2007

Barnett Gets Cheque Book out In Broome

Colin Barnett got out the WA State cheque book after a rowdy visit to Broome recently.

The Premier has promised shade structures for the town.

Read MoreBarnett Gets Cheque Book out In Broome

Barnett Government wavers on MAX light rail

Labor Statement February 5

Treasurer Troy Buswell has wavered on the Barnett Government's commitment to building the MAX light rail, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

Mr Wyatt said Mr Buswell attempted to give himself some wriggle room today by admitting it would be costed only 'if' it was part of the Liberal Party election package.

Read MoreBarnett Government wavers on MAX light rail

METRONET to provide biggest ever boost in car parking

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will provide an additional 17,000 parking bays across the rail network over the next eight years as part of its $3.8billion METRONET plan, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will provide close to 5,000 additional car-parking bays across the Perth rail network in its first term of government.

Read MoreMETRONET to provide biggest ever boost in car parking

Why No Concessions for Senior Shooters

Shooters and Fishers party Chairman Rick Mazza, has called on the Government to provide concessions on firearm licenses and application fees for senior shooters.

He said it was discriminatory to provide literally dozens of concessions for seniors on various fees and licences, and not include senior shooters.

Read MoreWhy No Concessions for Senior Shooters

Writs Issued WA Election 2013

Writes have been issued today 6 February 2013 for the 2013 State General Election following Premier Barnett visiting Governor.

Read MoreWrits Issued WA Election 2013

Ross Hits out at DAP Community Effect

Independent candidate Greg Ross has hit out and the DAP process claiming it is disadvantages local communities.

Read MoreRoss Hits out at DAP Community Effect

Governor dissolves WA Legislative Assembly

The Western Australian Governor has dissolved the WA Legislative Assembly on and from 30 January 2013.

This end the 38th Parliament of Western Australia.

Read MoreGovernor dissolves WA Legislative Assembly

Greens move to end Buswell’s charade on light rail

Greens Statement

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has moved to have the Federal Government disclose Troy Buswell's attempts to secure federal funding for light rail in Perth, after the State Transport Minister refused commit to building the system.

Greens (WA) transport spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC will move a similar motion in State Parliament when it resumes after the March election.

Read MoreGreens move to end Buswell’s charade on light rail

Adele Promises New Parliamentary Debate On Euthanasia

Adele Carles Statement

Adele  has vowed to introduce legislation into the Legislative Assembly to legalise euthanasia if she is re-elected at the March state election.  She says “the right to die with dignity is central to personal autonomy and bodily integrity – I see it as a fundamental human right.”  

Adele says today’s sad story in The West Australian of MS sufferer Barbara Harrison should send a clear message to all politicians that enough is enough and in a civilised society people deserve to end their lives on their terms.

Read MoreAdele Promises New Parliamentary Debate On Euthanasia

Ellenbrook school to open two years earlier

Liberal Statement

Families in Ellenbrook North will benefit from a brand new secondary school built two years ahead of schedule thanks to State Government planning.

Education Minister Peter Collier said $54million had been allocated to build a new secondary school at Ellenbrook North.

Read MoreEllenbrook school to open two years earlier

Reform cut red tape and streamlined planning

Liberal Statement

The State Government today released Planning Makes It Happen: A Report Card on Planning Reform which provided an objective assessment on progress made on the implementation of its reform agenda since 2009.

Planning Minister John Day said  the report card followed on from the planning reform blueprint Planning Makes It Happen set out three years ago, which, after extensive consultation and feedback from stakeholders, identified 11 key strategic priorities.

Read MoreReform cut red tape and streamlined planning

WA Labor outlines commitment to Geraldton

A McGowan Labor Government will deliver real investment in schools, health and community facilities in Geraldton, Deputy WA Labor Leader Roger Cook said today.

Mr Cook said for the past four and a half years, the Barnett-Grylls Government prioritised inner-city projects at the expense of services such as health, education and community facilities in Geraldton.

Read MoreWA Labor outlines commitment to Geraldton

WA Labor to deliver 500 extra police officers

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will make our communities safer with 500 extra police officers, in addition to the 170 new officers allocated in the existing budget making a total of 670 additional officers by 2017-18.

Mark McGowan said WA Labor will also provide a minimum of three new police stations and extra funding to support the expansion of the Mounted Police.

Read MoreWA Labor to deliver 500 extra police officers

METRONET: WA Labor to build east-west rail connection

Labor Statement February 2

WA Labor will build an east-west rail connection from Thornlie to the Mandurah line, as part of the future South Circle line, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the 11.5 kilometre rail extension would cost an estimated $286million, excluding rail cars. The project will start in 2016-17 and will be completed by the end of 2019.

Read MoreMETRONET: WA Labor to build east-west rail connection

Nationals plan for Tier 3 only responsible way forward

Nationals Statement

Nationals MP and candidate for Central Wheatbelt, Mia Davies has stated that The Nationals WA was the only Party that had a responsible position on tier 3 rail.

“The Nationals WA released their plan for the future of the rail freight network prior to Christmas in 2012 and we have committed funds to it,” Ms Davies said.

Read MoreNationals plan for Tier 3 only responsible way forward

Nationals WA pledge $50 million for Regional Grants Scheme

Nationals Statement

The Nationals WA candidate for Moore, Shane Love, has welcomed a commitment made by Nationals’ Leader Brendon Grylls today to invest $50 million from Royalties for Regions to deliver the Regional Grants Scheme program.

Mr Love said the funding announced in Toodyay today would enable the continuation of the Regional Grants Scheme for a further four years, should The Nationals WA retain the balance of power at the upcoming election.

Read MoreNationals WA pledge $50 million for Regional Grants Scheme

4 Majors Are Missing on Street Lighting

All four Western Australian parties, Greens, Labor, Liberals and Nationals have yet to explain if they will be seeking to improve WA street lighting solutions and efficiency.

There have been a number of reports, studied and submissions on street lighting, however there is little published clarity as to the future and commitments.

Read More4 Majors Are Missing on Street Lighting

Mark McGowan on The Kimberley at LaborLIVE 2010

Mark McGowan as former Shadow State Development Minister and former Environment Minister talks about Labor's position on development in the Kimberley in 2010

Read MoreMark McGowan on The Kimberley at LaborLIVE 2010

Shooters and Fishers Want Rethink

The Shooters and Fishers party is seeking change and a rethink on laws in Western Australia with the 2013 WA election.

Following and radio interview in January the following are the main points highlighted by the party.

Read MoreShooters and Fishers Want Rethink

Buswell Missed Sustainable Transport

A WA Sustainable Transport Forum held in Fremantle on January 31 in Fremantle was not attended by WA Transport Minister Troy Buswell.

Hosted by the City of Fremantle the meeting had about 250 attendees.

 

Read MoreBuswell Missed Sustainable Transport

Greens call for urgent action to protect WA’s precious wetlands

Greens Statement February 1

The Greens are calling for urgent action to protect what is left of Perth’s dwindling wetlands saying not even those listed as internationally significant are getting the protection they need.

The call comes on the eve of World Wetland Day when countries around the globe will commemorate more than 40 years since the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian City of Ramsar on February 2, 1971.

Read MoreGreens call for urgent action to protect WA’s precious wetlands

Barnett must now come clean on $35m discount to Crown

Labor Statement

Premier Colin Barnett must immediately release all documentation relating to his decision to sell a prime piece of publicly owned waterfront land to Crown for a $35million discount, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

Read MoreBarnett must now come clean on $35m discount to Crown

WA Labor outlines commitment to Peel

Labor Statement

A McGowan Government will make Peel a priority and deliver real investment in roads, education and community facilities if it wins the March 9 State election.

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said Mandurah's traffic bridges were an important part of the road infrastructure, with 55,000 people using either the Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge or the Estuary Bridge every day.

Read MoreWA Labor outlines commitment to Peel

The Nationals WA back the sheep industry

Nationals Statement

Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman has inspected the current research site which may become The Nationals WA’s proposed Sheep Industry Development Centre in Katanning.

The $10million centre, likely to be established at the Great Southern Agriculture Research Institute, is one of the features of The Nationals WA $300 million agriculture policy.

Read MoreThe Nationals WA back the sheep industry

Whitfield Criticises McGowans Knowledge

Independent candidate for Rockingham Matthew Whitfield has criticised local member and Opposition leader Mark McGowan on his knowledge of the real estate industry.

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Fremantle Education - A Solution

Our case for change – High School Options for Fremantle February 2013

by High School Options for Freo

Hundreds of Fremantle parents are anxiously asking: to which high school will I send my kids? Will they get into John Curtin?
Over 350 Fremantle-area people filled in our survey, with many saying they would reluctantly send their children to private school or move to another suburb, if they did not get into John Curtin.

Read MoreFremantle Education - A Solution

CPA Says Council Amalgamations Do Not Add Up (Part 5)

Ken Eastwood AM the former national of CPA President gives a presentation at the Western Suburbs forum in November 2012.

He provides details on costs and the possible extra costs.

Read MoreCPA Says Council Amalgamations Do Not Add Up (Part 5)

Howard adviser slams Gas Hub plans

Former adviser to the Howard government Geoff Cousins has explained his opposition to the location of Woodside Petroleum's gas hub being located onshore in the Kimberley.

Read MoreHoward adviser slams Gas Hub plans

Greens intensify campaign against James Price Point gas hub

Greens Statement

The Greens WA have today released a video on James Price Point as part of a national Too Precious to Lose campaign aimed at protecting the nation’s most environmentally sensitive areas.

Read MoreGreens intensify campaign against James Price Point gas hub

Greens’ Action Plan calls for radical overhaul of groundwater management

Greens Statement

The Greens are pushing for an inquiry into the Department of Water following a four-year investigation that found the DOW was failing to protect or even properly monitor groundwater use.

The investigation by the Greens found that more than half of the large water users on the Gnangara Mound were not required to meter their water use despite this being in breach of the DOW’s own policies. Even those who had meters were not being made to report what they took.

Read MoreGreens’ Action Plan calls for radical overhaul of groundwater management

METRONET: North Circle rail line to provide east-west connections in northern suburbs

Labor Statement January 31

WA Labor will build a 12 kilometre North Circle rail line by mid-2019, connecting the Joondalup line and the proposed Ellenbrook lines, to deliver the rail services needed in Perth's northern suburbs, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said construction on the $616million project would begin in 2013-14. The line would service stations at Perth Central, Claisebrook, Maylands, Bayswater and Stirling, plus four new stations at Alexander Drive (Malaga), Mirrabooka Avenue (Mirrabooka), Wanneroo Road (Hamersley) and Balcatta, as well as two new stations to be built as part of the proposed Ellenbrook line at Walter Road (Morley) and Noranda.

Read MoreMETRONET: North Circle rail line to provide east-west connections in northern suburbs

Funding boost for regional swimming pools

Nationals Announcement

State President of The Nationals WA, Colin Holt welcomed today’s announcement that regional swimming pools across the State will receive a funding boost, should The Nationals retain the balance of power at the upcoming election.

Mr Holt said a discussion paper released by The Nationals WA in Kalgoorlie today outlined a plan to provide local governments with up to $30,000 per aquatic centre each year to ensure they are safe, well maintained and accessible to all.

Read MoreFunding boost for regional swimming pools

Every WA school zone to light up for safety

Liberal Announcement

Liberal-led Government, if re-elected, will install electronic flashing speed signs at every 40kmh school zone across the State to improve the safety of Western Australian children.

Read MoreEvery WA school zone to light up for safety

Slow Hand Clap Please...

The WA and Australian Farmers problems are becoming increasing apparent to the wider community.

The following post that we reproduce by a WA Farmer provides a frank opinion on the need for a wider community understanding, and support.

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Live Export

By @farmers_w_i_t

They say that ignorance is bliss and sometimes I would say this is true. It's lovely to live in a little bubble of the idealistic world where nothing horrible ever happens and everything lives peacefully. Then this bubble is broken and you find out about things that appall you and you realise that your ideal world is not as ideal as you think it is. As a teenager finding out about live export from one of those shows on TV showing how awful it is for the animals was one of my bubble poppings.

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Farmer Releases #hadagutful Video

Farmer Gemma Lee Steere has organised a video supporting the WA Farmers #hadagutful campaign.

The video is a combined unity of farmers and supporters of the Australian Live Export Industry.

Read MoreFarmer Releases #hadagutful Video

Greens plan to make demolition by neglect an offence with fines up to $1M

The Greens have announced that they will make Owners of heritage buildings that neglect their property to hasten demolition to be liable of fines of up to $1 million as part of a package of heritage initiatives to be released by them.

Read MoreGreens plan to make demolition by neglect an offence with fines up to $1M

Liberal and Labor Attack Each Other On Costings

Both Labor and Liberal have attacked each other over costings on transport promises in the media today.

Read MoreLiberal and Labor Attack Each Other On Costings

WA Climate Roundtable Wants

The WA Civil Society Climate Roundtable have produced an outline of their wants for WA for the attention of the Western Australian political parties in the 2013 election.

 

Read MoreWA Climate Roundtable Wants

Too Precious to Lose Enrolment Drive - Kimberley

Greens

The campaign to protect James Price Point has reached a crucial point, with the WA Government recently handing Woodside permission to undertake the final stage of their exploratory drilling program.

This drilling will take part in an area which includes Aboriginal burial grounds – disturbing sites that are sacred to indigenous people. This is despite findings by a previous State Government that these sites must be protected for environmental and cultural heritage reasons.

Read MoreToo Precious to Lose Enrolment Drive - Kimberley

Comedy Cause Furore

Comedy videos have reportedly caused a furore in the Western Suburbs.

Read MoreComedy Cause Furore

Lotterywest feels brunt of Barnett politics

Labor Statement

The taxpayer-funded Liberal Party election campaign continues, with Lotterywest now being raided by the Barnett Government in the lead up to the State election, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

Mr Wyatt said over the past two months, Western Australians had seen a flurry of Ministerial media statements announcing grants from the independent Lotterywest.

Read MoreLotterywest feels brunt of Barnett politics

METRONET: WA Labor will build the Ellenbrook rail line by end of 2018

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will build a rail line to Ellenbrook, via Morley, by the end of 2018, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the 21 kilometre Ellenbrook line would cost $863.5million, excluding rail cars, and construction was expected to start during 2014-15.

Read MoreMETRONET: WA Labor will build the Ellenbrook rail line by end of 2018

Brendon Grylls - State Conference 2012

Brendon Grylls outlines The Nationals WA commitments for the 2013 State election in August 2012.

Read MoreBrendon Grylls - State Conference 2012

Liberal Website Terms Make Policy Unreliable

The Liberal website which has had a lot of previous information removed and offline many times lately has terms and conditions that make any published policy on the site unreliable and questionably correct or committed too.

Read MoreLiberal Website Terms Make Policy Unreliable

Elizabeth Quay A Backgrounder

The Elizabeth Quay project has been ongoing for many years and had many twist and turns.

Dr Linley Sutton, Urban Planner, discusses the project beginnings, his opinions and experience.

Read MoreElizabeth Quay A Backgrounder

Ross Continues Criticism of Tunnel Widening

Widening of the Tunnel to 3 lanes has been a project highlighted with deficiencies and safety issues by Greg Ross Independent candidate for Kalamunda.

In recent days the Victoria Coroner has been quotes as saying by ABC that 'She recommended further consideration be given to banning lane changes in any new tunnels, along with designs that incorporate emergency lanes and help regulate speed and maintain safety.'

Read MoreRoss Continues Criticism of Tunnel Widening

Ross Highlights Sleep Apnoea in Truck Drivers

Gregg Ross has highlighted a report in the news that claims, 'inquest has heard that up to half of all heavy-truck drivers suffer from sleep apnoea'.

He says the 'Time to look after the people who carry Oz'.

Read MoreRoss Highlights Sleep Apnoea in Truck Drivers

What Is Plan B? Asks Hipkins

Independent candidate for Nedlands Max Hipkins has asked the WA Government what is Plan B over Chevron.

Read MoreWhat Is Plan B? Asks Hipkins

Hipkins Says Crisis Accommodation Required

Independent Nedlands candidate and Town Planner Max Hipkins has stated more Crisis Accommodation is required.

Read MoreHipkins Says Crisis Accommodation Required

Barnett abusing the incumbency of Government in pre-election spending blitz

Labor Statement

The Barnett Government is on a taxpayer funded pre-election spending frenzy in the lead up to the Caretaker period of Government, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

Mr Wyatt said it was clear that, despite claims to the contrary, Premier Colin Barnett was abusing the incumbency of Government in embarking on a media statement and spending frenzy.

Read MoreBarnett abusing the incumbency of Government in pre-election spending blitz

Grylls delays safe water for Jigalong

Labor Statement

Regional Development Minister Brendan Grylls has sat on the money allocated to ensure the Jigalong community has safe and reliable water and electricity, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Ben Wyatt said today.

Mr Wyatt said Mr Grylls issued a media statement on December 19, 2012 claiming he had provided funding to access quality drinking water and a new power station at Jigalong.

"This is a breathtaking display of both negligence and hypocrisy," Mr Wyatt said.

Read MoreGrylls delays safe water for Jigalong

WA Labor Close Website

WA Labor have closed their website and all access is now directed to the personal website of Mark McGowan.

His website states, 'the views expressed on the Mark McGowan WWW site are commentary only'

Read MoreWA Labor Close Website

Smart water meters cheaper than desalination

Greens Statement

WA Greens Water Spokesperson Alison Xamon MLC says smart water meters, not more desalination plants, must be amongst the measures to avoid a future water crisis in WA.

Commenting on the latest results of a trial of smart water meters in Kalgoorlie, Ms Xamon said the nearly one billion litre annual water-saving resulting from a $4 million investment in the new technology shows that the household water-use measuring devices are a cheaper option in the long-term than desalination.

Read MoreSmart water meters cheaper than desalination

Greens renew call for independent umpire amid stoush over transport costings

Greens Statement January 24

The Greens have renewed their call for the establishment of an independent Parliamentary Budget Office to assess the election promises of all political parties.

The call comes amid a continuing stoush between the Government and the Opposition over the costs of their differing public transport plans.

Read MoreGreens renew call for independent umpire amid stoush over transport costings

Greens release plan for solar panels on every public housing home

Greens Statement

The Greens have unveiled a $68 million plan to slash the power bills of some of the state’s poorest families and pensioners while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 74,000 tonnes a year.

The plan would see 1.5kW solar systems installed on the roofs of every public and community housing dwelling across the state.

Read MoreGreens release plan for solar panels on every public housing home

Premiers Education Dollars Dont Add Up

Premier Barnett and Minister Collier recently released an announcement on additional Child Parent Centre support facilities at schools.

This was in addition to centres announced in the Western Australian Government budget for 2012/13.

Read MorePremiers Education Dollars Dont Add Up

More Child/Parent Centres to support families

Liberal Announcement January 25

Premier Colin Barnett today announced six new Child and Parent Centres across Western Australia to provide vital services for vulnerable families with young children.
 
Speaking at the Western Australian Council of Social Services New Year Sector Breakfast today, Mr Barnett said this would bring to 16 the total number of centres to be established at public primary school sites offering child development, health and parent support programs and services.

Read MoreMore Child/Parent Centres to support families

State Government commits to future of PCYCs

Liberal Announcement

The Liberal National Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the future of the PCYC following a comprehensive review of the PCYC Federation.

Police Minister Liza Harvey today released a State Government-commissioned review, which was undertaken by former Director General of Education, Peter Browne.

Read MoreState Government commits to future of PCYCs

Popular beaches to get $70m transformation

Liberal Statement January 27

Scarborough, Leighton and Port beaches will be transformed and revitalised by a $70million investment by the Liberal National Government.
 
Premier Colin Barnett said an initial contribution of $30million had been provided to transform the Scarborough beach and surrounding areas, and up to $40million set aside for the realignment of Curtin Avenue, south of the Marine Parade roundabout in Cottesloe.

Read MorePopular beaches to get $70m transformation

National park status for famous Horizontal Falls

Liberal Announcement

The Liberal National Government will establish new Class A marine and national parks encompassing the world-renowned Horizontal Falls at Talbot Bay in the Kimberley.
 
The national park and the marine park will provide the highest level of protection to the immense natural and cultural values of the area and the stunning coastal scenery.

Read MoreNational park status for famous Horizontal Falls

Safety boost for rock fishers

Liberal Announcement

A Liberal Government if re-elected would provide $300,000 over three years to provide enhanced safety measures for rock fishers at popular locations along the WA coast.

Premier Colin Barnett said, while rock fishing remained popular, there had been a number of tragic incidents which illustrated that more should be done to protect fishers.

Read MoreSafety boost for rock fishers

Funding increase set for regional arts organisations

Nationals Statement

The Nationals WA Candidate for Albany, Robert Sutton has welcomed the launch of a Regional Arts Discussion Paper from The Nationals WA today, aimed at increasing investment into the arts.

Robert said The Nationals WA will boost funding by up to $16 million over four years to support regional arts groups, entertainment centres, cultural centres and individual projects, should the party retain the balance of power following the State election in March.

Read MoreFunding increase set for regional arts organisations

Greens call for mining tenements over proposed Horizontal Falls Parks to be revoked

Greens Statement

Greens (WA) member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple MLC has called on the Barnett/Grylls government to revoke all mining exploration tenements in the proposed new Horizontal Falls National Park and Marine Park area.

Read MoreGreens call for mining tenements over proposed Horizontal Falls Parks to be revoked

Greens oppose Nationals’ plans to dam the Fitzroy River and promote broad scale land clearing in the Kimberley

Greens Statement

Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple MLC has criticized the National Party’s newly released ‘vision for agriculture’ as it relates to the Kimberley region, calling it a thinly veiled attempt to put the damming of the Fitzroy River back on the State’s agenda.

Read MoreGreens oppose Nationals’ plans to dam the Fitzroy River and promote broad scale land clearing in...

Shelter WA : Make Housing Top Election Issue

Shelter WA Announcement

Just 0.5% of private rentals are affordable for low-income households, 9,500 people are homeless in WA, and of those fortunate enough to have a home in WA, 43% of those on a low income are in housing stress.

“It’s a sad reflection in a State as prosperous as WA, and Shelter WA’s Policy Platform for Western Australia 2013 – 2015 spells out some solid policies to address this,” said Shelter WA Executive Officer Chantal Roberts.

Read MoreShelter WA : Make Housing Top Election Issue

WA Budget - a look back

Local TV show Undercurrent produced coverage of the 2012/13 Western Australia Budget.

Now is possibly a good time for a revisit to check on its progress and achievement.

Read MoreWA Budget - a look back

Free public transport for family carers

Liberal Statement

From May 1, 2013, a Liberal Government if re-elected would provide free travel on any Transperth bus, train or ferry during off-peak periods for more than 8,500 West Australians who care for a family member or friend with mental illness, disability or a frail senior.

Read MoreFree public transport for family carers

Tricky Liberals Hide 2008 Video's

The WA liberal party have taken the extraordinary step of hiding the 2008 WA election videos.

Read MoreTricky Liberals Hide 2008 Video's

Buswell Behaviour In June

In June 2012 Buswell was accused as a Bully in parliament. Subsequently he apologised.

Read MoreBuswell Behaviour In June

WA Labor Campaign Launch 2013

The 2013 Election for Western Australia launch for WA Labor by party leader MarkMcGowan.

Read MoreWA Labor Campaign Launch 2013

Country Education and Population Loss - A youth perspective

by Nick Warland

I want to preface this article by noting a couple of aspects of rural life and statistics which impact the way in which this issue is reported, and indeed the view from which I personally perceive this issue. Firstly, the numbers that I use are only estimates. I have spent time trawling through my memory bank and Facebook friends to find out exactly who has left the Kojonup district for the purpose of education. I would say that the number I have worked out is slightly lower than the actual figure itself. There are a lot of people who have moved that I am either unaware of, or didn’t know about. I should also note that the figure I will be using is an estimate of how many people have left Kojonup for educational purposes who were most likely present on Census night in 2006, but not present in Kojonup at the time of the 2011 census.

Read MoreCountry Education and Population Loss - A youth perspective

Barnett Gets Bully Tag at Broome

Premier Colin Barnett has had 'Bully' label tag on a visit to Broome.

Barnett Broome Bully

 

Read MoreBarnett Gets Bully Tag at Broome

AMA 5 Top Health Election Issues

The WA Australian Medical Association has released it top 5 issues for the Western Australian 2013 election.

Read MoreAMA 5 Top Health Election Issues

WALGA Supports Grain Rail

The WA Local Government Association has supported moves to keep Grain Rail, or what is also called Tier 3, open in Western Australian regional areas.

Read MoreWALGA Supports Grain Rail

Project deferrals batter business confidence to GFC lows in December

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia have said long term expectations for West Australian economy have dropped to lowest level since the global financial crisis.

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Read MoreProject deferrals batter business confidence to GFC lows in December

APPEA Claims Alarmism Over Gas Supply

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association has hit back at a main stream media claim 'Australia is about to become a gas-rich country that cannot supply its domestic needs'.

Read MoreAPPEA Claims Alarmism Over Gas Supply

Joe Francis to Speak at Breakfast Club

Joe Francis Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Small Business and Commerce will be Guest Speaker to business association.

Read MoreJoe Francis to Speak at Breakfast Club

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Supports Rail Investment

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia in 2012 endorsed investment in rail in Australia.

The release of the Federal Government’s National Land Freight Strategy at their conference in September 2012 was a catalyst to endorse rail.

Read MoreInfrastructure Partnerships Australia Supports Rail Investment

Property Council Support Local Govt Changes

WA Property Council is in support of changes to Local Government boundaries and Development Assessment Panels.

Read MoreProperty Council Support Local Govt Changes

WA Labor to cut rental application costs

Labor Statement

WA Labor will cut the upfront costs of renting a house by abolishing the rental option fee, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Read MoreWA Labor to cut rental application costs

WA Liberals Communication Fails

The WA Liberals have made announcement today through main stream media, however they continue to fail to accept the additional media sources in the modern world.

The current government has made much about modernising Perth and Western Australia and are spending billions of dollars of taxpayers money in projects to achieve their goal.

Read MoreWA Liberals Communication Fails

Barnett promises $ for Leighton - is it fixing an old promise

Premier Barnett's promise of money for Curtin Avenue is a blast from the past.

The Leighton Action Coalition was formed from community action in 1999 after the Government wanted to install wall to wall housing in the Leighton Marshalling yard.

Read MoreBarnett promises $ for Leighton - is it fixing an old promise

Conservation Council Key Issues

The WA Conservation Council has set its top 12 key areas of concern going into the 2013 State election.

They state, 'If we want a Government that will protect WA’s special places and unique lifestyle, and leave a healthy environment for our grandchildren," policy reform is needed in the identified areas.

Read MoreConservation Council Key Issues

Carles to fight for Fremantle

Carles Statement

Independent MP Adele Carles has announced that she will re-contest the seat of Fremantle at the election on March 9.

Read MoreCarles to fight for Fremantle

Check Size of Gas Hub Area

The controversial Gas Hub at James Price Point would be often hard to visualise in size for people not familiar with the industry and Broome.

This brochure provides some information on the project and shows that project would cover the who Broome townsite, and more, if located in the Broome townsite.

Read MoreCheck Size of Gas Hub Area

Labor Candidate Bob Kucera on Shadow Boxing

Bob Kucera on Shadow Boxing progarm discussing some history in politics  and his come back.

Read MoreLabor Candidate Bob Kucera on Shadow Boxing

John Butler 'Kimberley'

Song contribution to Kimberley Gas Hub objection by John Butler.

Read MoreJohn Butler 'Kimberley'

The Kimberley - What's the fuss?

Promotional video on Kimberley om stopping the onshore processing hub. (2008)

Read MoreThe Kimberley - What's the fuss?

The Perth Esplanade's Future - brief explanation

If you are unsure on the Perth Esplanade Development and Elizabeth Quay this provides a quick overview.

Read MoreThe Perth Esplanade's Future - brief explanation

Socialist Alliance Stand Up for Burrup

Socialist Alliance have taken part in the 'Stand Up' for the Burrup peninsula campaign at there National Conference in Melbourne.

Read MoreSocialist Alliance Stand Up for Burrup

Robin Chapple MLC slams the Minister against the Environment for poor environmental decisions

Greens Statement January 23

US energy giant Chevron's massive Wheatstone LNG project will not have any carbon emission restrictions after the State Government ignored its own independent advice and removed them.

The move comes after Chevron's claim in July that the Federal Government's carbon tax, which came into effect on July 1, had made the conditions redundant.

Read MoreRobin Chapple MLC slams the Minister against the Environment for poor environmental decisions

Seizing the opportunity – The Nationals WA’s vision for agriculture

Nationals Statement January 23

Leader of The Nationals WA Brendon Grylls and Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman today launched a landmark agriculture policy that will enable Western Australian farmers capitalise on the economic growth of Asia.

Mr Grylls said if The Nationals WA win the balance of power they would commit $300 million from Royalties for Regions to empower the agricultural sector to realise its potential.

Read MoreSeizing the opportunity – The Nationals WA’s vision for agriculture

WA Labor outlines commitment to North West Central

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will deliver real investment in schools, health and community facilities in the seat of North West Central, Deputy Labor Leader Roger Cook said today.

Mr Cook said for the past four and a half years, the Barnett-Grylls Government prioritised inner-city projects at the expense of services such as health, education and community facilities in the North West.

Read MoreWA Labor outlines commitment to North West Central

Grylls Admits Mistakes Over James Price Point

Brendon Grylls has admitted that his department made a mistake over the compulsory acquisition process for land around James Price Point.

Read MoreGrylls Admits Mistakes Over James Price Point

Trains sit idle as passengers feel the squeeze

Labor Lisa Baker 15 January

As Western Australians face the daily squeeze on Perth’s overcrowded trains, the Barnett Government has allowed two rail cars to sit empty during peak commuter times, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker and Mt Lawley Labor candidate Bob Kucera said today.

Ms Baker said one of the unused trains has been sitting idle in a shed awaiting repairs for over twelve months since an incident in October 2011 and there is no fixed date on when it will return to service.

Read MoreTrains sit idle as passengers feel the squeeze

City Gatekeepers Highlight 3 Lane Tunnel Dangers

The City Gatekeepers have highlighted potential problems and dangers of the WA Governments plans to make Northbridge Tunnel a three lane road.

Read MoreCity Gatekeepers Highlight 3 Lane Tunnel Dangers

McGowan yet To Commit on Local Debate

Independent for Rockingham Matthew Whitfield has been attempting to setup a local peoples debate in Rockingham.

Read MoreMcGowan yet To Commit on Local Debate

No Fracking Rally April 2012 in Perth

Fracking rally conducted in Perth April 2012.

Read MoreNo Fracking Rally April 2012 in Perth

Greens welcome High Court investigations into Yindjibarndi and FMG controversy

Greens Statement

Greens member for the Mining and Pastoral region Robin Chapple MLC has welcomed the news that officers from the High Court are conducting an investigation into allegations of improprieties regarding a Former State Manager of the National Native Title Tribunal.

Read MoreGreens welcome High Court investigations into Yindjibarndi and FMG controversy

WA Liberals Remove Announcements from Website

In an extraordinary move the WA Liberal party have removed all previous press release and announcements from their website.

Read MoreWA Liberals Remove Announcements from Website

METRONET: Bikes under WA Labor

Labor Statement 19 January

A McGowan Labor Government will make every new METRONET train station a Cyclist First train station as part of the solution to Perth's traffic congestion crisis, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said investment in cycling was one important part of the solution to the traffic congestion crisis confronting Perth.

Read MoreMETRONET: Bikes under WA Labor

AEC set to benefit from Nationals plan for improved arts funding

Nationals Statement

Member for the South West Region, Colin Holt MLC, has today launched a Regional Arts Discussion Paper from The Nationals WA, aimed at providing recurrent funding towards key regional arts centres.

Read MoreAEC set to benefit from Nationals plan for improved arts funding

Sea Shepard States Woodsides Claims on Whales False

Operation Kimberley Miinimbi state that this statement to be completely false by Woodside about James Price Point.

'Woodside, the largest operator of oil and gas production in Australia, refers to what they say is “the most significant humpback whale study ever undertaken in Western Australia.”

This “study” claims that, “off James Price Point, the bulk of the migration occurs in waters approximately 30 km from the mainland, with less than five per cent of humpback whales travelling within eight km of the coast”.

 

Read MoreSea Shepard States Woodsides Claims on Whales False

Operation Kimberley Miinimbi Documentary

Launch of the Operation Kimberley Miinimbi in September 2012.

They state 'However; this is just the beginning of Operation Kimberley Miinimbi and Sea Shepherd is committed to ensuring that the world’s largest whale nursery remains a nursery and not some environmentally destructive gas hub.'

Read MoreOperation Kimberley Miinimbi Documentary

The IPS Debacle Continues

SSTUWA Statement

State School Teachers Union President Anne Gisborne said today that Education Minister Peter Collier’s announcement that he plans to make almost every school an Independent Public School (IPS) is a complete abdication of the Barnett Government’s responsibility for equity in the education of our children.

Read MoreThe IPS Debacle Continues

Major reforms to raise bar on literacy and numeracy

Ministers Statement

All Western Australian students would be supported to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards by the time they graduate under major reforms to the State’s senior secondary education system announced today.

Read MoreMajor reforms to raise bar on literacy and numeracy

Independent inquiry into Banksia incident

Minister Statement 21 January

Corrective Services Minister Murray Cowper has directed the Inspector of Custodial Services, Neil Morgan, to undertake a full inquiry into the incident at Banksia Hill Detention Centre on January 20, 2013.

Read MoreIndependent inquiry into Banksia incident

Social impact of proposed gas hub the election question

Nationals Statement

Broome people have a right to question the actual social implications of the proposed James Price Point gas hub, should it go ahead.

Nationals candidate for the Kimberley, Michele Pucci, said comprehensive and community-focused attention was needed on the challenges ahead if the gas project was given the financial and environmental green light.

Read MoreSocial impact of proposed gas hub the election question

People with disability move out of aged care

Liberal Statement

Five middle-aged people with disability, who previously had no other option but to live in an aged care facility, have moved into a new six-bedroom purpose-built home in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Read MorePeople with disability move out of aged care

WA Threatened Species Changes

The Department of Environment and Conservation has updated the list of threatened species with an additional 16 fauna species and eight flora species added.

Read MoreWA Threatened Species Changes

2 Faces of Dept of Environment and Conservation

Department of Environment and Conservation has shown little compassion or assistance to families that have lost out from a fire in Nannup.

Read More2 Faces of Dept of Environment and Conservation

No Social In Barnett

Premier Colin Barnett is a blank when it come to Social Media on twitter.

Read MoreNo Social In Barnett

Anglicare Finds 21

Anglicare have come out with their priority 21 list ahead of the WA 2013 election, with housing the top issue.

 

Read MoreAnglicare Finds 21

McGowan A Light Weight on Twitter

Labor WA Leader Mark McGowan has been a lighweight on Social Media app twitter.

Read MoreMcGowan A Light Weight on Twitter

Freo Parents Continue For Fair Education

Parents in the Fremante region have continued their push for a fairer Education System within the Fremantle region.

Read MoreFreo Parents Continue For Fair Education

Hipkins Calls for Grain Rail Back to Public Ownership

Independent Max Hipkins has called for Tier 3 rail to be returned to pubic ownership.

Read MoreHipkins Calls for Grain Rail Back to Public Ownership

CPSU/CSA on Banksia Hill Detention Centre Riot

Community & Public Sector Union / Civil Service Association of WA Statement

The latest incident at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre where up to 90 cells were damaged and detainees were rioting on Sunday night was always going to happen according to the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association.

CPSU/CSA Branch Secretary Toni Walkington said it was the latest incident at the centre and was product of a number of different issues.

Read MoreCPSU/CSA on Banksia Hill Detention Centre Riot

Independent Carol Adams Lists Community Issues

Independent candidate for Kwinana Carol Adams has detailed 11 community issues she will commit to work towards if elected.

Read MoreIndependent Carol Adams Lists Community Issues

Kalamunda Jack Healey Centre Under Threat

Greg Ross (Kalamunda) Statement

Retired and senior citizens in the Kalamunda electorate are deeply concerned at not only the direction the Council is taking the Jack Healey Centre, but also its very future.

Read MoreKalamunda Jack Healey Centre Under Threat

Hipkins Says Is Better Alternative than EQuay

via Max Hipkins Independent Candidate for Nedlands
 
The development currently proposed for Elizabeth Quay at the Perth Foreshore is poorly located and badly designed.
 
Excavation of The Esplanade will result in loss of heritage-listed parkland, elimination of the venue for Anzac Day parades and other important events, and death of many surrounding mature trees by introduction of a salt water wedge, if not removed for construction. The inlet to be created is exposed to prevailing south-westerly winds, is not conducive to river flushing and would require on-going
maintenance. Surrounding multi-storey buildings would off-set inlet construction costs but would overshadow tourist venues and make the area inhospitable in winter.

Read MoreHipkins Says Is Better Alternative than EQuay

Woollard Stunned By Government's Short-Sighted Allergy Decision

Woollard Statement January 11

Independent Member for Alfred Cove Dr Janet Woollard has vowed to put pressure on the State Government to reverse its decision to cut face-to-face, hands-on training of teachers and other school staff in the use of life-saving anaphylaxis injectors in favour of a cheaper, on-line training system.

Dr Woollard said the government decision was short-sighted and dangerous and anaphylactic children’s lives were at risk if school staff didn’t know how to recognise an allergic reaction and properly use the auto-injectors, known as ‘EpiPens’ and ‘Anapens’.

Read MoreWoollard Stunned By Government's Short-Sighted Allergy Decision

Greens push housing solution as soaring rents squeeze West Australians

Greens Statement

WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and Lynn MacLaren MLC have called for Federal-State cooperation on a bold new plan to tackle housing affordability.

Senator Ludlam said the Greens "Convert to Rent" initiative would deliver affordable rental properties at a minimum cost and without adding to urban sprawl.

Read MoreGreens push housing solution as soaring rents squeeze West Australians

Greens launch positive election campaign for True Progress

Greens Statement January 20

The Greens (WA) today launched their campaign for the 2013 state election with a promise to build a cleaner, more sustainable, more affordable and more caring WA.

The party is running on a platform of True Progress and has pledged to run a positive campaign.

Read MoreGreens launch positive election campaign for True Progress

Coalfields Highway to get funding boost under WA Labor

Labor Statement

WA Labor will invest $18million to improve safety on the Coalfields Highway if it wins the March 9 State election, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Read MoreCoalfields Highway to get funding boost under WA Labor

WA Labor to give Bunbury the attention it deserves

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will make Bunbury a priority and deliver real investment in schools and community facilities if it wins the March 9 State election.

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said under a McGowan Government, Bunbury would get the attention it deserves.

Read MoreWA Labor to give Bunbury the attention it deserves

Failure of management and Ministerial responsibility at Hakea

Labor Statement

A damning report by the Inspector of Custodial Service into Hakea Prison exposed a catalogue of failures including overcrowding, lack of maintenance, vermin infestations and a near complete breakdown of trust between management and prison officers, Shadow

Read MoreFailure of management and Ministerial responsibility at Hakea

WA Labor to keep grain on rail and trucks off roads

Labor Statement

WA Labor will allocate $30million over the next three years to keep Tier 3 grain rail lines open and trucks off our roads, WA Labor Mark McGowan said today.

Read MoreWA Labor to keep grain on rail and trucks off roads

Is It Time for Parties To Stop Presidential Nonsense

Both major parties in Western Australia have shown an arrogance in how they publicise their parties to the WA voters.

Read MoreIs It Time for Parties To Stop Presidential Nonsense

WA Labor to equip METRONET with free Wi-Fi to help tackle congestion crisis

Labor Statement

A McGowan Government will commit $1million towards installing free Wi-Fi on Perth trains in preparation for METRONET, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Read MoreWA Labor to equip METRONET with free Wi-Fi to help tackle congestion crisis

Colin Barnett Talks about WA and Answers Questions

Colin Barnett faced a business community forum in May 2012 and commented on WA and took a range of questions.

Read MoreColin Barnett Talks about WA and Answers Questions

Liberal Morton Cries Foul Over Community Ad

Liberal party Director Ben Morton has taken offense at a local community TV station Ad after Colin Barnett refused a live debate to be telecast with opposition leader Mark McGowan that has agreed to participate.

Read MoreLiberal Morton Cries Foul Over Community Ad

City of Stirling Pressure WA Government

The City of Stirling have put pressure on the WA State Government over Scarborough Beach facilities, threatening possible parking fees.

Read MoreCity of Stirling Pressure WA Government

Who Is Ken Travers

Interview with Ken Travers at On The Couch

Read MoreWho Is Ken Travers

Mosman Park Mayor Highlights Local Government Minister Castrilli Wasting $20m

Mayor of Mosman Park Ron Norris highlights the utter waste of $20m plus by Local Government Minister John Castrilli.

In what he has called a flawed process, and echoing previous claims by other of bullying by the the Western Australian government, major question continue to be raised by experienced people on the government intended purpose of forced Council amalgamations.

Read MoreMosman Park Mayor Highlights Local Government Minister Castrilli Wasting $20m

Porter Refused to Meet With Scarlet Alliance

Christian Porter when the Attorney General for Western Australia refused to meet with Scarlet Alliance in 2009 and 2010 to discuss the draft WA Prostitution Bill.

Read MorePorter Refused to Meet With Scarlet Alliance

Independent Candidate Ross On FIFO Life Truths

by Greg Ross Independent Candidate for Kalamunda

Once upon a time, across a sunburnt land, anybody who worked hard was held in high regard. Of course, there were always those who regarded themselves a cut above the working stiff, but usually even those bastions of society would, albeit condescendingly,  agree such workers were salt of the earth people, to be admired in their own way.

Read MoreIndependent Candidate Ross On FIFO Life Truths

Serco - some background

Serco the multi national organisation is making inroads in Western Australia running services for the WA government.

Some background is provided here on there operations .

Read MoreSerco - some background

WA Local Government Association Independence needs Review

The Western Australian Local Government Association acts as a representative bodies for Councils in WA and puts forward policy to government on this basis.

The appointment of the President and the rules will continue to become an influencing factor of Government.

Read MoreWA Local Government Association Independence needs Review

State’s 100th National Park announced

Liberal Statement

The Liberal National Government today announced the creation of Western Australia’s 100th national park, ensuring the conservation of 44 per cent of the Burrup Peninsula.

Read MoreState’s 100th National Park announced

Why Make Enrolment So Hard

Media attention has been on enrolments in Western Australia recently, spurred on by the coming WA election for 2013.

Read MoreWhy Make Enrolment So Hard

Election Sign Issues Raise There Head

Election signs, or propaganda boards, have become part of Election 2013 issues.

Read MoreElection Sign Issues Raise There Head

Ross Says R4R Used As Vote Buyer

Independent Greg Ross has come out on Social Media with an attack on Royalties for Regions management.

Read MoreRoss Says R4R Used As Vote Buyer

Inland drainage framework good for long term prospects

The Western Australian Farmers Federation (Inc.) (WAFarmers) welcomes the announcement from the Liberal National Government which provides a framework for inland drainage across the State.

Read MoreInland drainage framework good for long term prospects

Framework to co-ordinate inland drainage

Liberal Statement

A drainage policy framework released today by the Liberal National Government will provide a clear and co-ordinated approach to inland drainage across the State.

Read MoreFramework to co-ordinate inland drainage

120 new car bays at Currambine Train Station

Liberal Statement

The Liberal-led State Government has proudly delivered early on its four-year, $50 million election commitment to build an additional 3,000 car bays at railway stations along the Joondalup and Mandurah lines.

Read More120 new car bays at Currambine Train Station

Greens Highlight Tourist risk To Kimberley

Greens Kimberley candidate Chris Maher has highlighted the risks on Tourism after New York Times stated risks.

Read MoreGreens Highlight Tourist risk To Kimberley

Solar Based 24hr Energy Is Available

Examples of solar based energy production on a 24hr basis are now available.

Read MoreSolar Based 24hr Energy Is Available

Buswell has Date With Carles

WA Treasurer, and Liberal, Troy Buswell's court action to force money and an apology out of ex girlfriend, and Fremantle Independent, Adele Carles has its first court date.

Read MoreBuswell has Date With Carles

WA Health Promotion Strategic Framework Updated

The WA Health Promotion Strategic Framework 2012–2016 final report has been released.

It sets out WA Health’s strategic directions and priorities for the prevention of chronic disease and injury until 2016.

Read MoreWA Health Promotion Strategic Framework Updated

Fluoride Free WA Ramp Up

Fluoride Free WA are ramping up there campaign against fluoride in drinking water.

Read MoreFluoride Free WA Ramp Up

JPP - How Did It Come To This

There are some events that can have a major effect on a whole community and its acceptance of events in the future.

The Kimberley onshore gas processing options has the potential to be one of those events for Western Australia.

Read MoreJPP - How Did It Come To This

Nahan Continues to Advocate for Roe 8

Riverton Liberal Mike Nahan has continued his advocacy for the Roe 8 extension.

Read MoreNahan Continues to Advocate for Roe 8

Kalamunda Candidate Greg Ross on Shadow Boxing Interview (Pt2)

Interview with Kalamunda Independent candidate Greg Ross on WTV Shadow Boxing show Part 2.

 

Read MoreKalamunda Candidate Greg Ross on Shadow Boxing Interview (Pt2)

Sharks Make The News

Sharks have become part of the 2013 election promises, and have hit the news gain today.

Read MoreSharks Make The News

Independent Greg Ross Says West To Expensive

Independent candidate for Kalamunda has disagreed with political commentator Paul Murray.

Read MoreIndependent Greg Ross Says West To Expensive

Greens Animals 2012

The Greens (WA) believe that:

  • animals are sentient beings with intrinsic worth
  • the welfare of animals must be respected with regard to both the survival of species and the protection of individual animals
  • humans and other animals are interdependent
  • humans have a responsibility to minimise any suffering of animals caused by human activities, and to maximise their quality of life

Read MoreGreens Animals 2012

Making our streets safer: Tackling knife crime

What Labor Will Do

Labor will double the penalties for people who carry dangerous knives:

  • Anyone carrying a prohibited knife will face a maximum six years imprisonment and $72,000 fine
  • Anyone carrying a knife classified as a controlled weapon will face four years imprisonment and a $48,000 fine
  • Anyone carrying a dangerous or offensive weapon in, or within 50m, of a public entertainment venue, or in the company of at least two other people will face six years imprisonment and a $72,000 fine

Read MoreMaking our streets safer: Tackling knife crime

Fracking not a minor concern for farmers

In June 2012 the WA farmers released a position calling for a moratorium.

Read MoreFracking not a minor concern for farmers

WA Local Government Association Election Issue

The Western Australian Local Government released there issues list for the WA 2013 election.

Read MoreWA Local Government Association Election Issue

Woodside given go-ahead to destroy Aboriginal sites at James Price Point

Greens Statement

Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region and Greens WA spokesperson on Aboriginal affairs Robin Chapple has lashed out in response to yesterday’s decision by State Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier to give Woodside the go-ahead to destroy Aboriginal sites at James Price Point.

Read MoreWoodside given go-ahead to destroy Aboriginal sites at James Price Point

WA Farmers Release Election Demands

WA Farmers Statement

The Western Australian Farmers Federation (Inc.) (WAFarmers) has today announced its 10 Key Issues for the upcoming Western Australian State Election on Saturday 9 March 2013.

WAFarmers President, Dale Park, said the intention for announcing WAFarmers’ key issues was to put the major political parties on notice and to fight for the interests of all the state’s farmers in the lead up to the poll.

Read MoreWA Farmers Release Election Demands

Barnett Failed To Meet Suicide Pledge

Being late is not acceptable when dealing with peoples lives, and this is the Barnett government outcome on suicide prevention.

In 2008 Colin Barnett pledged to spend $13.5m in first two years of office to 'develop and trial statewide a suicide prevention strategy.

Read MoreBarnett Failed To Meet Suicide Pledge

Will Daylight Saving Arise From The Dead

Daylight saving has been silent so far in the 2013 WA election.

However WA has learnt no does not mean no.

Read MoreWill Daylight Saving Arise From The Dead

Use of cannabis spray for cancer pain

Palliative Care Australia statement on Use of cannabis spray for cancer pain October 2012

Read MoreUse of cannabis spray for cancer pain

Negative Campaigns Have Been Criticised Before

Negative campaigns by political parties have been criticised in the past by former WA Premiers.

Read MoreNegative Campaigns Have Been Criticised Before

Political Debate : 1 or 3

Barnett and McGowan disagree on how many debates the leader of the Liberal and Labor party should have.

Premier Barnett had stated publicly in 2012 that he expected there to be a single debate between the leaders prior to the 2013 election.

Read MorePolitical Debate : 1 or 3

Major works to improve Perth’s road network

Liberal Statement

Transport Minister Troy Buswell today announced that Main Roads WA was about to undertake a series of road improvement works on sections of Perth’s freeway system to increase vehicle capacity and improve safety.

Read MoreMajor works to improve Perth’s road network

On-the-spot litter fines increased

Liberal Statement

Litterers will be hit with significantly increased on-the-spot fines from today as new laws take effect.

Read MoreOn-the-spot litter fines increased

New family violence legal service for Perth

Liberals Statement

The State Government has committed $600,000 a year to establish a metropolitan legal service for indigenous victims of family violence, including people who had been sexually abused or those at immediate risk of such violence.

Read MoreNew family violence legal service for Perth

Worlds Largest Investors Call For Action on Climate Change

The Worlds largest investor have called for action on climate change and have sent an open letter to major governments of the World.

Don't be fooled that they may be doing for you - they want it so can continue to make money.

Read MoreWorlds Largest Investors Call For Action on Climate Change

Causes of Climate Change - by CC

The four key causes of climate change identified by the Australian Climate Commission.

Read MoreCauses of Climate Change - by CC

Supporting our emergency volunteers

Nationals Statement January 8

Nationals MP Mia Davies is concerned about the growing workload of regional St John Ambulance volunteers as they are being called on for non-urgent patient transfers between hospitals.

Read MoreSupporting our emergency volunteers

Rottnest Island – what does it mean to you?

Greens Statement Lynn MacLaren January 10

In many ways Rottnest Island is like the Swan River – unique, iconic, and much loved by the denizens of Perth. But who does it belong to, other than to itself? Who has the right to make decisions about its future? Who will preserve its values, and is there consensus on what those values are?

Read MoreRottnest Island – what does it mean to you?

Past Premiers and Parties

A list of Western Australian Premiers and Parties

Read MorePast Premiers and Parties

Govt to Strip Planning Decision - Also Taking Locals Cash (Pt 3)

In Part 3 of the WA Government stripping planning laws for local Councils and amalgamations Max Hipkins, who is also Mayor of Nedlands, speaks of the negative impacts on the community.

Read MoreGovt to Strip Planning Decision - Also Taking Locals Cash (Pt 3)

More Buswell Mid Year Review Financial Trickery

Buswell has taken an approach to some expenditure in the 2012/13 Mid Year Financial Review of pretending it is not there.

Amazingly $43m has been excluded from the 2012/13 expenses.

Read MoreMore Buswell Mid Year Review Financial Trickery

Barrack St Problem Feb 2012 - Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay continues to be a controversial topic as it impacts on many lives and livelihoods.

Publish here are informal notes of a meeting held February 21 2012 between traders and the Department of Planning.

These are courtesy of Independent for Kalamunda Greg Ross, and thank him for the assistance.

 

Read MoreBarrack St Problem Feb 2012 - Elizabeth Quay

WA Govt Received Independent Recommendations on Sex Reform

The WA government funded an independent report into the Sex Industry that was produced in 2010.

Despite this report action in regard to Sex Workers has seen continual delay in the WA parliament.

The 8 key recommendation are detailed.

Read MoreWA Govt Received Independent Recommendations on Sex Reform

Greens Sex Worker Law Reform and Protection

Following our request to WA political parties on their policy on Sex Workers the Greens have followed up with confirmation of the following feedback supplied to the WA Attorney General in 2011.

Read MoreGreens Sex Worker Law Reform and Protection

McGowan To Face Challenge

Mark McGowan will face a challenge from Independent candidate Matthew Whitfield for the seat of Rockingham.

Read MoreMcGowan To Face Challenge

West Australian News Dismisses Independents

West Australian newspapers appears to have dismissed the chances of Independents and Greens in the upcoming March 2013 WA elections for lower house seats.

Read MoreWest Australian News Dismisses Independents

Government Strips Planning Decision From Locals (Pt 2)

In Part 2 of the WA Government stripping planning laws for local Councils Subiaco Mayor Henderson articulates her shock at treatment received from the Western Australian Government, and criticises the undemocratic approach.

Read MoreGovernment Strips Planning Decision From Locals (Pt 2)

Greens Want R4R Money Spent on Housing not Mining Coys

Greens Statement

All WA’s political parties support Royalties for Regions (RFR). The Greens have been saying for years that a fair proportion of the royalties earned in the regions should be spent locally.

Read MoreGreens Want R4R Money Spent on Housing not Mining Coys

Services must respond to increasing number of births

Statement by WA Commissioner for Children and Young People
 
The Commissioner for Children and Young People Michelle Scott has said latest data showing 2011 had the highest number of births in the State’s history means WA must expand and better plan basic services, including health and education, for young children and their parents.

Read MoreServices must respond to increasing number of births

The Nationals WA do not support forced amalgamations

Nationals Statement September 12

With the Queensland state government currently looking to roll-back local government amalgamations, President of The Nationals WA Colin Holt has reiterated The Nationals WA’s opposition to forced amalgamations.

Read MoreThe Nationals WA do not support forced amalgamations

Former Sunset Hospital site to become community landmark

Liberal Statement

The site of the former Sunset Hospital in Dalkeith will be opened to the community under a State Government plan to transform the disused, heritage-listed site into an asset for all West Australians.

Read MoreFormer Sunset Hospital site to become community landmark

WA Labor to review bus services in northern suburbs and extend Mitchell Freeway

Labor Statement January 8

A McGowan Government will undertake a review of bus feeder services in Perth's northern suburbs to help reduce traffic congestion and increase the use of public transport, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Read MoreWA Labor to review bus services in northern suburbs and extend Mitchell Freeway

WA Labor to lead the nation in penalties for polluters

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will introduce the nation's toughest penalties for companies that commit environmental offences, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Read MoreWA Labor to lead the nation in penalties for polluters

Grain freight network a priority for The Nationals WA

Nationals Statement December 17

The Nationals WA have released their plan to support the retention of a competitive and safe grain freight network in regional Western Australia.

Read MoreGrain freight network a priority for The Nationals WA

Governments Strips Planning Decision from Local Communities

The WA Government taken away the rights of Local Council and and Local communities to determine the type of buildings and structures they wish in their community.

This has been done with changes to planning laws and the imposition of DAP (Development Assessment Panels) and the MRD (Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority).

As a consequence of the the Western Suburbs Alliance was born.

Read MoreGovernments Strips Planning Decision from Local Communities

Milk price report released by WA Farmers and CBG

WA Farmers have released a report on Milk prices in Western Australia which has found that milk prices paid to farmers were not sustainable for the long term industry continuation.

Read more: Milk price report released by WA Farmers and CBG

Excluding health from the Fracking debate in WA

Recently Mines Minister Moore intervened to stifle public debate on Fracking at open forums.

This is a very alarming practice by the Barnett Liberal Government and certainly warrants a high level of scrutiny.

Dr George Crisp was obstructed from attending.

He states 'It is not the place of a government or its ministers to willfully restrict access to relevant information or expert opinion, and intervening in public meetings in this way should indeed be scrutinised by the media.'

His full account follows.

Read more: Excluding health from the Fracking debate in WA

Buswell is still Pursuing Carles - how did it start?

Treasurer Troy Buswell and Liberal for Vasse is still pursuing Adele Carles through the courts.

Read more: Buswell is still Pursuing Carles - how did it start?

Nannup Fire Issue Seems To Be In Embers

Another fire issue seems to be in embers in the Nannup region.

Read more: Nannup Fire Issue Seems To Be In Embers

Wittenoom Still has Asbestos Problems Not Remedied

Wittenoom has been left with a legacy by Hancock, Wright and CSR of asbestos issues that still require fixing in the environment.

Read more: Wittenoom Still has Asbestos Problems Not Remedied

Funding for Cottesloe shark observation tower

Liberal Statement

An observation tower to enable surf lifesavers to better monitor conditions at Cottesloe Beach would receive substantial funding from the State Government, Premier Colin Barnett announced today.
 
Mr Barnett said the Government would contribute $300,000 to the tower as part of its shark mitigation strategy.

Read more: Funding for Cottesloe shark observation tower

WA Labor to build ocean pool at Bathers Beach

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will build an ocean pool at Fremantle's Bathers Beach, to provide swimmers with a safer beach environment, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Read more: WA Labor to build ocean pool at Bathers Beach

Barnett Committs To Funding New Medical School

Curtin's new proposed Medical School has received backing from Premier Colin Barnett.

Read more: Barnett Committs To Funding New Medical School

Barnett hides information on disability funding

Labor Statement

The Barnett