Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Wednesday, 06 March 2013

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.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013

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.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013

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.

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Sunday, 03 March 2013

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.

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Sunday, 03 March 2013

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.

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Saturday, 02 March 2013

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."

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Friday, 01 March 2013

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.

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Friday, 01 March 2013

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.

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Friday, 01 March 2013

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.

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Friday, 01 March 2013

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.

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Thursday, 28 February 2013

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.

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Thursday, 28 February 2013

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.

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Thursday, 28 February 2013

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.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

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.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

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.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

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.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

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.

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Monday, 25 February 2013

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.

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Monday, 25 February 2013

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.

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Monday, 25 February 2013

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.

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Monday, 25 February 2013

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.

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Monday, 25 February 2013

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.

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Thursday, 07 March 2013

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.

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Monday, 25 February 2013

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.

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Monday, 25 February 2013

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.

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