Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Political News

S+L Debate Ben Wyatt vs Troy Buswell

S+L Debate Ben Wyatt vs Troy Buswell February 26

Should WA Legalise Prostitution

Should WA Legalise Prostitution?

Political Campaigning ban at Bayswater festival

Does Political Campaigning have a place at Community Festivals?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Nationals WA Cancer Council response

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The #wa2013vote website will be kept online so politicians promises and statements can be checked until the end of next WA election in 2017, and after.