Government must deliver
In the past four years in Opposition, WA Labor has made a big deal of the Liberal/National government’s broken promises.
Mark McGowan attacked former premier Colin Barnett relentlessly on policies which never came to fruition.
With that in mind, there are several Pilbara promises to which every resident should hold the Labor Government accountable.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan was wheeled out to announce Labor’s plan to seal the Karratha to Tom Price road during Kevin Michel’s election campaign.
Mrs MacTiernan said $50 million would be put forward to seal the next section of the road.
With up to 700 local jobs at the proposed Balla Balla mine relying on the road being sealed in a timely manner, Labor will have to get a wriggle on or risk a Pilbara PR nightmare come the next election.
Mr McGowan was originally quiet on the idea of supporting Mr Barnett’s pitch to World Heritagelist Burrup Peninsula’s National Park, but eventually promised to progress the issue. Closing loopholes in Government tenders has been newly minted Pilbara member Mr Michel’s biggest bugbear in the past few months of campaigning.
He has been critical of the workforce make-up of the State Government’s Karratha Health Campus and local government’s Red Earth Arts Precinct construction projects, claiming local contractors have not been given a look in.
This is a claim denied by the project managers of both developments, but Labor has made a big deal of boosting jobs for locals.
The party has pushed a plan for an inquiry into regional airfares to reduce the cost of flying to and from Perth.
Finally, regional WA has given the Labor party a vote of confidence, but that could evaporate if Royalties for Regions funding dries up.
In the final days of the campaign, it was revealed $631 million from the program had been earmarked as a source of capital funding under Labor’s financial management plan.
An assault on the flagship regional policy could be all that is needed for the Nationals to bounce back at the next election.