Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion -

MR Bar­nett again putting West Aus­tralia deeper and deeper in debt with his plans for an open range zoo at the cost of $2 bil­lion dol­lars.

Where is Mr Bar­nett go­ing to pluck this money from?

Mr Bar­nett isn’t think­ing about the com­mu­nity of those in need, be­cause if he was then he would have been think­ing about build­ing more homes for the home­less, bet­ter roads, more hos­pi­tal beds and bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties etc.

Mr Bar­nett is only think­ing of him­self. He’s built El­iz­a­beth Quay, whether we re­ally needed it or not. He built the Bur­swood Sta­dium, which is go­ing over bud­get and the av­er­age per­son won’t be able to af­ford AFL, cricket or shows be­cause of the price of the tick­ets.

Peo­ple have stated the sta­dium is go­ing to be a bad business prac­tice for Cricket Aus­tralia, West Coast and Freo. But Mr Bar­nett is say­ing they are ly­ing. If they are ly­ing why is it that the Ea­gles and Dock­ers haven’t signed up yet?

So far we have the Bur­swood sta­dium and the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal run­ning over bud­get and over­due.

In the wind: the Roe high­way cost­ing $2 bil­lion and grow­ing, the ex­ten­sion of our rail lines cost­ing bil­lions of dol­lars and now an­other Mr Bar­nett pipedream, the Open Range Zoo, cost­ing tax pay­ers $2 bil­lion plus.

Mr Bar­nett, where is all this money com­ing from? Higher taxes, util­i­ties costs etc?

How can you pro­pose all these projects when the state is in debt? Thanks to you and your gov­ern­ment, with­out any in­creased rev­enue from any­where you are con­tin­u­ally talk­ing about big projects just to boost your self-opin­ion­ated ego.

The vot­ers of WA want strong ac­tion to re­duce our state debt, in­crease houses for the home­less, more hos­pi­tal beds, bet­ter schools, bet­ter roads, more po­lice on our roads, re­duced crime and more pris­ons for re­peat of­fend­ers.

The March elec­tion is only months away and you want to give the com­mu­nity more debt?

Get your pri­or­i­ties right Mr Bar­nett.

Steven Cru­den, Leda.

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