Their policies for WA poll
for upgrades to the Tom Price RFDS airstrip, renal dialysis service and basketball courts in Newman, upgrades to the Wickham skate park and Hedland Well Women’s Centre, music equipment for Roebourne District High School and a mental health step-up, step-down facility in Karratha.
Labor has hounded the Liberal-National alliance about the State Budget while pledging the largest election promise list of $5 billion-plus.
In tourism, Labor will push for an inquiry into the cost of airfares to the North West and has earmarked $425 million Statewide for destination marketing. Leader Mark McGowan has released hardline policies on methamphetamine, with life prison sentences for traffickers and rehab prisons for low-level offenders.
Brendon Grylls, Vince Catania, Jacqui Boydell, Dave Grills, Gary Brown, Judi Janes, Adrian Hatwell, Terry Fleeton
The National Party has racked up the smallest bill of the big three parties and campaigned hard on a controversial new revenue source to fund promises and pay debt.
Keystone Nationals promises such as tax breaks to encourage companies to have residential staff instead of flyin, fly-out staff, a $125 million war chest to reduce regional airfares and lifting the payroll tax threshold to assist small business — are largely funded by the proposed increase of the 25¢ special lease rental on BHP and Rio Tinto to $5 a tonne.
The industry argues this policy would cost thousands of jobs. Mr Grylls says automation and cost-cutting are the biggest threat to jobs.
This is a funding source which does not exist yet and is opposed by both parties Mr Grylls would have to negotiate with if he is to form an alliance partner in Government.
The Nationals do have a track record of getting what they want out of alliance partners — Royalties for Regions, closures of transient worker accommodation camps, and stalling of amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act to name a few. While the Nationals have a plan to seal the Karratha to Tom Price Road in time for Balla Balla, it comes at a big cost to the privatisation of Utah Point. Mr Grylls’ detractors say he has focused too much on building Karratha infrastructure while watching residents lose jobs and crime spiral out of control.
He says policies on residential workforces and payroll tax, and a police resources pledge show this is untrue.
Vince Catania has criticised Chevron’s Wheatstone workers camp. Part of the Nationals’ plans include closing down the camp and Port Haven in Hedland.
Brent McKenna, Carol Green, Robin Chapple, Tim Oliver
World Heritage listing for Murujuga National Park may be a new policy for the Liberal Party, but the Greens have long endorsed the idea. The party wants changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Actand Department of Aboriginal Affairs overhauled.
Candidate Brent McKenna was allegedly caught on CCTV graffiti-tagging Greens logos at Wickham in February. The Greens will fight to stop uranium mining, ban fracking and stop Utah Point’s privatisation, and to direct people convicted of drug possession for personal use to healthcare.
David Archibald, Robin Scott, Justin Keating, Janine Varley
David Archibald hopes to dam Doolena Gorge near Marble Bar, with sealing Newman to Marble Bar road on the list.
Flux Party WA
Mark Dunn, Adrian D’Cunha, Kai Shanks, Melissa Taaffe
Flux is campaigning to shake up parliamentary bill voting, with citizens able to vote on each bill via the Flux app.
Micro Business Party
Davyd Hooper, Angela Hooper, Natasha Rogers, Pritam Patel
Newman resident Davyd Hooper’s MBP opposes privatisation and wants government support for local business.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate Fiona White-Hartig.
Greens Member for Mining and Pastoral Robin Chapple and candidate Brent John McKenna.