Their poli­cies for WA poll

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 -

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.

Na­tional Party

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.

Greens

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.

One Na­tion

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.

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