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Labor News

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Monday, 25 February 2013

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.

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

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.

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Friday, 22 February 2013

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.

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Friday, 22 February 2013

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.

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

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.

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

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'.

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

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.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

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.

Editor
Tuesday, 19 February 2013

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.

Editor
Tuesday, 19 February 2013

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.

Editor
Tuesday, 19 February 2013

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.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

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.

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Monday, 18 February 2013

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.

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Monday, 18 February 2013

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.

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Monday, 18 February 2013

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.

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Monday, 18 February 2013

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.

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

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.

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

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.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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.

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

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.

Editor
Monday, 11 February 2013

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.

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

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.

Editor
Sunday, 10 February 2013

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.

Editor
Saturday, 09 February 2013

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.

Editor
Saturday, 09 February 2013

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.

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