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Russell for Darling Range

The Western Australia Party is devastated by the death of one of the founding members of the party - Mr Russell Goodrick on Monday 10 May 2021 at 7pm.

Russell's contribution to the Executive Team and as an exceptional candidate for the party in the 2017 State Election, 2018 Darling Range by-election and the 2021 State Election as our candidate for Mount Lawley will be a legacy for the Western Australia Party.

We will post more soon.

Thank you Russell. You will always be in our hearts.

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The Western Australia Party's campaign to FIX Local Government Reform started with Convenor Julie Matheson former Subiaco Councillor (2011-2019) and the Hon. Charles Smith MLC for East Metropolitan (from 2017).  Without reform, ratepayers will continue to suffer in the hip pocket from unmitigated rate rises from State Government cost shifting.

Local elected councillors approve these rate rises without realising they have the power to stop them.  Most councillors are subjected to WALGA’s training programs which determines a Local Government price rise index for ratepayers to pay.  There is no training on how to reduce the cost of local government, just how to increase costs and pay for "look at me projects" which ratepayers are consulted but no consent.  See: Consultation is NOT consent! Save our Suburbs! (westernaustraliaparty.org.au) 

It's time elected councillors exercised their powers to stop rate rises and planning policies which cost ratepayers their amenity, the right to quiet enjoyment of their properties and dangerous overdevelopment in existing suburbs of Perth.  Regionally, ratepayers are forced to foot the bill for local doctors, ambulance services and waste management which should be supplied by the State Government. 

The entire local government and planning system is corrupted and probably has worse corruption than a boat trip with senior Crown employees! 

The Western Australia Party is calling for WALGA and the WA Planning Commission to be subjected to the Auditor General for their cozy arrangements with developers and preferred supplier programs.

Our candidates from local government include Cr Kieran Noonan for Bunbury, Cr Katy Mair for South Metropolitan Region, Cr Dave Grills for Mining and Pastoral and Cr Elizabeth Re for North Metropolitan.

Vote 1 Western Australia Party to FIX local government reform for good.

Kieran Noonan (westernaustraliaparty.org.au)

Katy Mair (westernaustraliaparty.org.au)

Dave Grills (westernaustraliaparty.org.au)

Elizabeth Re (westernaustraliaparty.org.au)

Submission with regard to the review of the local government Act 1995 - Charles Smith MLC

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The Midland Railway Workshops are the most respected part of WA's working history and celebrated with songs and books written about "what they did inside".

Mr Ralph Sarich in an email to the Western Australia Party described his "respect for the excellent training provided by the Midland Workshops, which assisted his early engineering development".  Mr Sarich went on to build a very successful business incorporating Cape Bouvard Investments.

There are many more contributors to the businesses, construction and engineering services of WA which have links back the Midland Railway Workshops.

Both Liberal and Labor hatched a plan to privatise apprenticeship training in WA and they succeeded in 1993 when the Midland Railway Workshops were shut and abandoned.

Western Australia Party's Brad Bedford, candidate for Midland and many other former workers and apprentices want the Workshops reopened.  "That's why we are campaigning to keep alive WA's working history in an Industrial Heritage Museum, not consign it to the history books," said Mr Bedford.  

"Mark McGowan wants to forget The Midland Railway Workshops and what a Labor Party once stood for.   We don’t."  

Vote 1 Brad Bedford for Midland and the Western Australia Party above the line for an Industrial heritage Museum at the Midland Railway Workshops and let’s activate Midland. 

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Let's Buy Local, Vote Local in this WA State Election 2021.

The Western Australia Party was formed because the members were constantly amazed by the cries that the Eastern States are dominating Western Australia yet Western Australians continue to vote unknowingly for parties founded with headquarters in the Eastern States!

Let’s have a look. Liberal, Labor, Greens and Liberal Democrats all have Headquarters in ACT, Shooters and Fishers’ Head Quarters are in New South Wales and One Nation’s Head Quarters are in Queensland! 

Does this ring any alarm bells!! 

Western Australians unknowingly keep voting for Eastern States parties and WA keeps getting the same old unsatisfying results!

We go on about buying local but we vote Eastern States!  Let's Vote Local.

If we vote local we stop the Eastern States dominating us or discounting us as an unimportant State of the Federation of Australia by voting for our local Western Australia Party established in Western Australia for the Western Australian people.

The only reason West Australian’s get concessions from Eastern States Parties is when WA threatens to throw them out of the State and/or Federal Government!

Just look what happened during the COVID 19 lockdown! Western Australians suddenly realized that we hardly produce anything anymore. We have outsourced almost everything! 

Here is one example:

Western Australia is a producer of high quality, safe milk and in 2015/16 produced 385 million litres which had a value of over $202 million. WA's milk has been identified as some of the cleanest and highest quality in Australia due to the state's very high herd health status. However, the industry is in crisis because of low payments for local milk and eastern states imports. 

There are only around 150 dairy farmers left in WA, following an exodus from the industry due to rising production costs and unsustainable payments to farmers. About 15,000 tonnes of cheese is imported from interstate and overseas every year. WA no longer produces hard cheese. Don’t bother going down south for local cheese tasting because you will mostly be eating Eastern States or New Zealand cheese. Read the milk and cheese packaging for the real story in the supermarket. You will be surprised! 

Did you know that we do not have a logo for Western Australian made products any more! If we are going to support local, we definitely need our own logo! 

We are so dependent on interstate and overseas providers that we no longer control our state. We even let our talent including our families go interstate and overseas to find work when we should be providing jobs at home in Western Australia for them.

Only now are we becoming aware of Buy Local and providing jobs for Locals. We now need to Vote Local for a better outcome for our local people and ultimately, our State!

Vote 1 Western Australia Party for Buy Local, Vote Local and save our State.

 

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The Western Australia Party has been campaigning against the Liberal and Labor parties since 2016 to stop de-engineering the State Government after they both agreed to shut down the Midland Railway Workshops in 1993.  Both parties have cost the state billions!

In fact both parties are so alike they should have a name change to LibLab 1 and LibLab2.

Many State Government departments have gone through a cost cutting process of de-engineering professional expertise leaving departments and the taxpayer as uninformed clients who cannot properly:

  1. instruct consulting engineers,
  2. ensure the engineering design is fit for purpose or even built to that design, and
  3. identify value for money.

This was the finding of The Productivity Commission, Public Infrastructure, 2014 Inquiry that estimated $25 billion will be wasted in Australia over the next 10 years.

While government departments are subjected to cost cutting without understanding the long-term consequences, private companies are now starting to understand the importance of in-house engineers to ensure a profitable long-term operation.  This is best illustrated by Chevron3 deciding to bring engineering design back in-house following a disastrous two month outage just months after starting their $54 billion Gorgon LNG plant.

The Western Australia Party calls on on the State Government to re-engineer its departments to ensure understanding of the lifetime cost of public projects, and establish a Professional Engineers register in Western Australia, as has been done in Queensland and in Victoria.  This will ensure that accountants, economists or lawyers will not be making, or ignoring, vital engineering decisions or transferring the burden of costs to subcontractors or the public tax payer over the lifetime of its public and private infrastructure.

The party is calling for the reinstatement of a visionary WA Engineer in Chief to bring WA's water, energy and communications infrastructure into the 21st Century!

Vote 1 Western Australia Party to re-engineer and save the state from inferior infrastructure.

 

References:

Brad Bedford (westernaustraliaparty.org.au)

Midland Railway Workshop to reopen thanks to Brad Bedford (westernaustraliaparty.org.au)

Inquiry report - Public Infrastructure Productivity Commission (pc.gov.au)

Engineer in Chief for Western Australia (westernaustraliaparty.org.au)

Dardanup is in a wonderful region of the South West, think incredible scenery, friendly people, art trails and Artists, exceptional food and dining experiences, award-winning wines and agricultural excellence. This is all on the doorstep of Bunbury and amongst the beautiful Ferguson Valley.

Locals refer to the Dardanup Waste Precinct as The Dump, a facility constantly expanding capacity and receiving toxic refinery tailings from Tronox and Wren Oil waste.  Of deep concern is this waste facility sits atop the Darling Scarp which is a major fault line.

It also happens to be located on the South West aquifer system used by thousands of people for their mains drinking water.

The region of Dardanup is well known as prime irrigated agricultural land. The Dump site is between two river systems that feed the aquifer in a catchment region. 

The Dump also shares the boundary with the Dardanup Conservation Park, a bushland of exceptional importance for the biodiversity conservation and ecological linkages it provides in a region surrounded by extensively cleared agricultural land.

There are no setbacks for the park which is showing stress from the location of the waste facility. This region provides important habitat to the black cockatoo, already an endangered species.

What Dardanup wants:

⭐️ A cessation of the expansion of the landfill site immediately.

⭐️ A three year exit plan of the whole waste facility.

⭐️ A removal of the Waste Precinct in the Shire planning scheme.

⭐️ Western Australia to introduce dedicated legislation for planning management and location of landfill.  WA is the only state without this legislation and should have the highest standards of all other states because of its biodiversity and location.

Vote 1 Western Australia Party to dump The Dump in Dardanup 

The State Election 2021 is an important event in a democratic society and the ABC from WA will be Missing in Action.  TV coverage will be streamed in from the eastern states. 

Why?

Because the Federal Government has raided funding from the ABC in WA to prop up news services in other states.

This is typical behaviour of the Federal Government, taxing and raiding WA for the benefit of the other states.

Vote 1 Western Australia Party to FIX the funding for the ABC in Western Australia.

 

The WA Electoral Commission has written twice now to political parties about irresponsible behaviour at polling booths.  The WAEC has already banned spruikers at some polling booths in Bateman.

The Western Australia Party is calling on the WAEC to ban ALL spruikers at ALL early polling booths.  These spruikers are intimidating, pushy and obsessed with gaining maximum territory in front of a polling booth.

It's absolute turnoff for anyone volunteering to present an alternative view to the Liberal and Labor spruikers.

Vote 1 Western Australia Party this election and send a message to the WAEC to ban spruikers!

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you.

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The Western Australia Party is delighted to launch its own podcast service called Black Swan Events in Western Australia.

Are you ready to hear from candidates that have real jobs, pay taxes and work hard to represent you?

You'll hear why WA needs its own political party to hold the state and federal governments to account!

In the first podcast, Julie Matheson speaks with Peter Kennedy, WA's most respected political commentator on the WA economy, COVID19 vaccinations and asks have the minor parties on the crossbench in Parliament done enough to win seats in the Legislative Council to keep checks and balances in place for another dominant Labor Government?

https://Vote1WesternAustraliaParty.podbean.com

Enjoy!

Vote 1 Western Australia Party this election and make the change for good.

"Stop the cost shifting from State Government to ratepayers and fund it from Commonwealth revenue", says Brett Clarke, Candidate for Darling Range.

Landowners are being threaten with fines and caveats on their properties if they don't pay rates to control declared plants and animal pests.  The State Government is mismanaging ratepayer funds by setting up bureaucratic groups at significant cost without actually doing the work.

According to Brett Clarke, Candidate for Darling Range, "these expensive bureaucratic groups have failed to implement and carry out the pest management program but still make ratepayers pay".

When Labor came to power in 2017, they adopted the Western Australia Party's campaign to "shut down the quangos" from the reign of the Liberal Party.  Many departments were closed, or amalgamated in the first 100 days of Labor but in just 4 years this pest management plan has tripled the number of RBG quangos without results.

Mr Clarke says "the tripling of Recognised Bio-security Groups (RBG) across the state to 15 in 2020 is costing ratepayers a fortune without any real benefit and are now threatening property owners with fines and caveats."

The Western Australia Party is campaigning for local government reform to stop the State Government from cost shifting to ratepayers instead of properly funding its roles and responsibilities like pest and weed management by using Federal funding from our GST revenue.

Vote 1 Western Australia Party to FIX pest and weed management in WA.

 

 

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Candidates representing representing the Western Australia Party launched their campaigns at Parliament House in a bit to convince electors to put Western Australia first on the ballot paper.

Convenor Julie Matheson said "our candidates are community minded and don't want to change anyone's Liberal and Labor values.  Just vote 1 Western Australia Party to put the WA community first and 2 for another party to help us form government."  

"Our policies are made locally and in the best interests of Western Australia.  Other parties like Liberal and Labor import ideologies from the east like capital city living in tiny flats or making an economy out of selling coffee and property to each other in a big population!"

"Western Australia is the economic heart beat of Australia and we have our own way of living on 33% of Australia's land mass."

This election Vote 1 to win for Western Australia.

Candidate Launch 19 February 2021

 

 

 

Smith calls for urgent building standards review

Western Australia Party MP Charles Smith said the building industry needs a serious parliamentary review due to below-standard builds affecting WA families.

Mr Smith said if re-elected to his east metro seat, he will support calls for a committee to scrutinise the building industry and wants greater consumer protection protocols.

He is also concerned about the role of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and the WA Building Commission due to biased decisions and unelected authority.

“There are no regulations in place that hold tradespeople to a suitable building standard so we see shoddy workmanship and disgruntled families who are granted no consumer protections.

“If those families dare to assert their right to be compensated for terrible workmanship they are met with the wrath of the WA Building Commission and the SAT who are only in the job to keep the property lobby in business,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said the Shonky Builders WA Facebook page run by John Samuel shows the stark reality of building quality and limited consumer protections that has prevailed in WA.

The Facebook private group has 37,000 members.

“If politics is really about representing the people then the next Parliament will urgently need a Building Standards Regulations inquiry.

“We also need to lobby the Commonwealth for a Royal Commission into the SAT and the WA Building Commission,” Mr Smith said.

The incumbent MP says the building industry must be held to account as families are being destroyed financially and mentally due to building industry corruption.

Vote 1 Western Australia Party to Fix the Building Commission

 

Western Australia Party leader Julie Matheson and Upper House MP Charles Smith today announced a policy aimed at protecting historical public reserves from private developers.

The Preserve the Reserve campaign urges the Government to stop high-rise developments on key historical reserves in Subiaco and Midland.

Development WA have earmarked the Subiaco Reserve, a state heritage listed asset, for high-rise blocks of flats.

Ms Matheson says the site’s historical and cultural significance is important and should be protected at all costs from private development.

“The Subiaco Reserve was developed in 1904 and has been the home of WA football for generations.

“We cannot have our key historical sites being sold off to developers which destroy amenity and completely disregard our historical roots,” Ms Matheson said.

Mr Smith, who represents the Eastern Metro region, said the Midland Reserve is under the same threat.

“Midland’s Reserve goes back to 1891 and now the elected council wants to sell off the reserve for a shopping centre and high-rise apartments.

“The council and Development WA must be stopped.  They are committing ecocide and behave like gangsters,” Mr Smith said.

The Western Australia Party is the only political party pushing for local government reform and a Parliamentary enquiry into the State Government’s WA Planning Commission.

“The WA Planning Commission is an unelected and unaccountable institution with too much power.

“They have approved the destruction of community assets and key historical sites and their power must be kept in check,” Mr Smith said.

If re-elected into Parliament in March, Mr Smith said he will continue to hold property developers, councils and the WA Planning Commission to account.

Vote 1 Western Australia Party to Preserve Public Reserves in WA

 

Staggeringly Western Australia is one of the states with the fewest beds available per capita in Australia, well below the national average!

Fewest beds per capita means Ambulance Ramping has become the scourge of Emergency Hospital Departments.

Katy Mair, Councillor with the City of Melville, business owner and candidate for South Metropolitan Region, says "the Emergency Departments are running at 150% to 180%  occupancy at their worst with patients left in corridors and waiting rooms because hundreds of beds are closed to save money!"

"Patients die when they cannot get into hospitals and when ambulances are delayed in getting to life-threatening emergencies. It's seniors that suffer the most, since they can be stuck in corridors when they are most vulnerable and unwell." 

"Sick patients can spend hours in ambulances waiting to be admitted to Emergency Departments. The ambulances are being paid for their time queuing but its cold comfort to those who need to be admitted into hospitals. Then there are others who are waiting hours for an ambulance to pick them up" says Ms Mair. 

The State Government is using the COVID-19 extra cleaning of ambulances as an excuse for Ambulance Ramping. Cleaning was not included in ramping statistics, only the time it took for paramedics to hand over a patient for hospital admission.

It's time to FIX Ambulance Ramping by:

  1. Immediately reopen the 100 closed public hospital beds and commit to adding a further 600 across Western Australia. 
  2. Commit to establishing mental health crisis care units so these patients can be removed from Emergency Departments. 
  3. Employ public health doctors permanently, rather than having them on fixed-term contracts.
  4. Employ more nursing staff. 

Vote 1 Western Australia Party

Media enquiries:  Katy Mair, Candidate for South Metropolitan 0419 916 053

Bunbury is the second city in Western Australia and has been promised the relocation of government departments, a faster train and other infrastructure projects, only to see the major parties break those promises once elected.

Local Bunbury teacher Kieran Noonan is campaigning to hold the major parties to account on their broken promises and to FIX Bunbury's status as the second city of WA for good.

"For too long Bunbury has ‘been the bridesmaid, never the bride.’ With more than 20 empty shop fronts along Victoria Street alone, Bunbury needs community building investment", said Mr Noonan.

“There are some terrific projects that should be priorities for enhancing the city’s tourism potential, such as the Back Beach Ocean Pool, the Bunbury to Busselton Cycle Link, and the Giant Trees’ Walk in the Gelorup Corridor.  These projects would naturally compliment the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre as world class tourism destinations,” Mr Noonan explained.  

A source of frustration has been the current government’s insistence on sticking to a 46-year-old plan to build the Bunbury Outer Ring Road through the Gelorup Corridor.  Not only would this destroy an iconic tourism opportunity, it would also bury 13.8 million tonnes of Basalt, which will be needed in the future for building seawalls to prevent coastal erosion due to increasingly severe winter storms.  “We need governments to look beyond the next four years and to consider jobs future generations,” Mr Noonan said. 

If you would like to secure Bunbury’s status as the second city in WA with the right infrastructure and opportunities, join Kieran's campaign to win the seat of Bunbury and stop the broken promises!

Vote 1 Western Australia Party

Media enquiries:  Kieran Noonan 0476 197 988 or South West candidate: Terri Sharp 0417 923 981

 

Well-known Perth actor and Scarborough local Troy Coward today announced his decision to enter politics and has joined the Western Australia Party contending the seat of Scarborough.

The actor is best known for a stint on Australian TV drama Neighbours and has 27 feature films under his belt and a string of commercials. 

Mr Coward runs a mental health foundation called Beacon For Life and said his decision to enter politics has stemmed from his passion surrounding mental health and suicide prevention.

“The country has seen a steady increase in suicide cases and I have been personally affected by it having lost my father to suicide when I was 15 and four of my dear friends.

“I feel very strongly about mental health and helping people escape feelings of despair so I began my foundation to make a difference.

“I am also an ambassador for Lifeline, The Mental Health Commission and Men’s Health Week,” Mr Coward said.

The actor is also advocating for local jobs for locals first, environmental protection on the coastline and supports introducing Third Party appeals for property development.

Mr Coward joins TV news veteran Russell Goodrick who is running for the seat of Mount Lawley for the Western Australia Party, along with current Upper House MP for East Metro Charles Smith.

“I am happy to welcome Troy to the Western Australia Party because he stands for improving the quality of life for all West Australians through mental health services and other important initiatives.

“I look forward to working with him and wish him the best of luck for the election,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith is running to retain his seat for a second parliamentary term.

 

  

 

ENDS

Please contact Mr Troy Coward for further comment:

0414 214 226

During the past 20 years there's been no appetite to FIX public housing by the coalition parties in government - Labor and Greens in the upper house, Liberal and Nationals in the lower house.  

Aboriginal Elder Janetia Knapp, candidate for Fremantle and Cultural Teacher at Notre Dame University has campaigned to FIX Public Housing since joining the Western Australia Party in 2017.  She hasn't stopped.

The Western Australia Party is well known for following the money like the GST, where it goes and why WA residents are missing out.  Elder Knapp says "What we have found is the State Government is profiteering from the misery of people in desperate need of social housing.  The misery is palpable when empty promises are made."  

In 2019 the State Government promised they would provide $319 million dollars for building, buying, renovating and maintaining social housing. Instead the money has gone to the Government's pet projects and other "look at me" projects.  

"Pet projects are not putting a roof over disparate Western Australians, living in their cars, in tents, couch surfing and crowded social housing as families try to help."

"Aboriginal people gave up their country for mining rights in return for access to a roof over our heads and for everyone in Western Australia but this government is profiteering from our misery as it banks another $1.5Billion more in iron ore royalties. It's time to FIX public housing for good with royalties and the GST."

There are over 15,700 applicants on the waiting list for Social Housing as well as a 7 year waiting time. This is up 13.3% same time 2019. Homelessness is insidious and has devastating consequences to the society of Western Australia.  Let's FIX social housing for good!

Vote 1 for the Western Australia Party and Aboriginal Elder Janetia Knapp in Fremantle

Media Enquiries:  Julie Matheson, 0409 294 495 

There's just no appetite to fix juvenile crime in Western Australia from the major parties, but we do!

Western Australia Party Candidate for Mining and Pastoral Region and former Member of Parliament Dave Grills has a plan to introduce a behavior management strategy to address juvenile crime in Western Australia.

Mr Grills said:  "he will push for a year-long Behaviour Modification Program for repeat offenders to incentivise good behaviour".

Having worked as a police officer and vocational support officer in the Goldfields, Mr Grills stated "the region of Mining and Pastoral is experiencing high levels of violence and crime".

"What we have his nothing more than continuing cycles of offending and re-offending with no actual positive change occurring.  I've said it before, we cannot keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result!"

Mr Grills noted the problematic influence of family crime within the region, "In many cases older siblings, members of the immediate or extended family are committing the same offences as the children, so where is the incentive for them not to follow the same path?"

"Fines don't work and ad hoc community service programs achieve little," he said.

Vote 1 Western Australia Party and Fix Juvenile Crime for Good.

 

It's no secret Royalties for Regions has been used by successive governments to "pork-barrel" their favourite seats both in Metropolitan Perth and Regional Towns.

How did such a good policy in the Best Interests of WA go so wrong?  It needs a big shake up!

The Western Australia Party candidate for Agriculture, Michael O'Loghlen has the answers.

"Getting Royalties for Regions back on track is a big priority for the Western Australia Party to deliver health services and community centres, with projects to be overseen by your elected Local Council. I believe that Royalties for Regions was poorly administered under the Lib/Nat coalition and now Labor, partly because there was a lack of Local Government input. I now see the current Labor government removing hundreds of millions of dollars every year from Royalties to other programs to suit their party's agenda, not regional towns."

"Regional towns pay for medical practitioners through Local Government rates, yet get no funding from Medicare.  The state government keeps it all!  All taxpayers pay Medicare and then residents in regional towns pay Medicare again through their rates.  The Royalties for Regions is a broken system and needs an urgent fix!"

Vote 1 Western Australia Party to Fix Royalties for Regions.

Western Australia's infrastructure and planning is run by bean counters and lawyers. 

According to Bill Koul, Candidate for Bateman and Civil Engineer, "There is no vision to bring WA into the 21st Century.  It's the same old, same old story."

The Western Australia Party stands for the recommencement of the position of Engineer-in-Chief in Western Australia, such as one served by the legendary C Y O’Connor, who was appointed as Western Australia’s first Engineer-in-Chief by Sir John Forrest, the first premier of Western Australia, on 26 May 1891.

After O’Connor’s untimely and tragic death in 1902, only three appointees served WA as Engineer-in-Chief: Charles Palmer (1902-1904), James Thompson (1904-1925) and Frank Stileman (1925- 1930). Following a re-organisation of Public Works in 1930, Edward Tindale, who was Commissioner of Main Roads at that time, took on the additional role of Director of Works and Building. 

Mr Koul said "It's been 90 years since Western Australia had an Engineer-in-Chief. It is time that this position is again created to lay a robust foundation of a sustainable, vibrant and roaring state of Australia." 

Let's make this happen... Vote 1 Western Australia Party.

 

Background context by Bill Koul for Bateman, January 2021

The work of engineers facilitates and affects most aspects of people’s daily lives, starting from our homes; commute to and from work; long distance travel; medicine and health; sports; visual and performing arts; entertainment and communication. Our daily lives are intertwined and dependent on various aspects and branches of engineering — civil, electrical, electronics and communication, mechanical, aeronautical, automobile, chemical etc. — in our homes, on the road, at our work places and in most other activities. 

The Western Australia Party does not want to see any repeats of the roof collapse incident of Curtin University of October 2020, which cost a 23-year-old apprentice his life while as two other young workers were seriously injured. We also don’t want to see any incidences like Sydney’s Opal Tower infamous structural issues, which led to sudden evacuation of its hundreds of residents in August 2019 when they heard loud cracking noises that sparked their fears of the building collapse.

To save Western Australian householders and end-users from suffering or paying for any substandard work carried out by a range of service providers – engineers, builders, technicians, manufacturers and material suppliers etc. – the government must introduce all necessary measures to meet the interests of Western Australians. For example, a house must not see collapse of its ceilings or retaining walls or any structural damage to its foundations – leading to its settlement and/or cracking in the superstructure – or any defects in its electrical and plumbing work that render the house unsafe or unhealthy for the house dwellers. Any structure – residential or commercial – must service its intended purpose over it design life without any safety or serviceability issues or any unexpected or excessive maintenance issues.

(a) Mandatory Registration of Engineers in Western Australia

Given the unquestionably paramount importance of engineering work, it is necessary that the community becomes aware about engineers and how they work silently and serve the community and provide their input in making general life easier, quicker and better. Therefore, the engineering profession must get its due recognition in the broader community. As service to the end-users, and for their safety and a sustainable infrastructural development on the whole, the established engineering principles and standards must be followed in letter and spirit by the engineering professionals. As a logical step, therefore, engineers should be empowered and, at the same time, also made accountable for their work, which includes engineering designs, technical reports construction drawings, Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC).

Similar to medical professionals, to uphold the highest standards of engineering and Engineers Australia’s Code of Ethics, engineering professionals must be required to register with a statutory body in Western Australia to obtain the practicing license and be eligible for undertaking professional engineering work, which includes engineering design and technical reports, specifications, design and construction drawings.

For registration, it must be necessary to follow the pathway(s) required by Australia’s highest engineering professional body, Engineers Australia, including attaining the Chartered Professional Engineer’s status, similar to Queensland (RPEQ), which has the process in place for the last 90 years. Following Queensland’s lead, in 2019, Victoria also passed the Professional Engineers Registration Bill 2019, which will come into effect on 1 July 2021. More recently, in June 2020, the New South Wales Parliament also passed new laws to introduce a registration scheme for professional engineers, which also come into effect on 1 July 2021 and will apply to anyone wishing to provide professional engineering services, unless under the direct supervision of a registered engineer, or if only applying a prescriptive design. 

(b) Appointment of Engineer-in-Chief in Western Australia

In addition to the mandatory registration of engineers, the Western Australia Party stands for the recommencement of the position of Engineer-in-Chief in Western Australia, such as one served by the legendary CY O’Connor, who was appointed as Western Australia’s first Engineer-in-Chief by Sir John Forrest, the first premier of Western Australia, on 26 May 1891. After O’Connor’s untimely and tragic death in 1902, only three appointees served WA as Engineer-in-Chief: Charles Palmer (1902-1904), James Thompson (1904-1925) and Frank Stileman (1925- 1930). Following a re-organisation of Public Works in 1930, Edward Tindale, who was Commissioner of Main Roads at that time, took on the additional role of Director of Works and Building. 

It has now been 90 years since Western Australia had an Engineer-in-Chief. It is time that this position is again created to lay a robust foundation of a sustainable, vibrant and roaring state of Australia. 

References

·         Barkla C., Create, Engineers Australia. The push for professional engineers registration in NSW makes it through, June 4 2020; accessed on 30 November 2020.

·         Engineers Australia, The Professional Engineers Registration Bill 2019 successfully passed through the Victorian Legislative Council as a result of Engineers Australia's advocacy; accessed on 30 November 2020.

·         MEDIA RELEASE | Engineers Australia welcomes compulsory registration of engineers; accessed on 30 November 2020.

·         Professional Engineers Registration Scheme; accessed on 30 November 2020.

·         Tauman, M.B., O'Connor, Charles Yelverton (1843–1902), Australian Dictionary of Biography; accessed on 30 November 2020.

·        Western Australia’s Engineer-in-Chief, History West, July 2020, Spotlight on Members’ Research; accessed on 30 November 2020.

  

Jobs from the Commonwealth are just as important to WA as jobs from the private sector.

In this State Election 2021, the Western Australia Party will be pursuing jobs for all Western Australians especially from manufacturing, industry and technology.

Western Australians are the highest tax payers per head of population yet we receive a second class service from the east with no Commonwealth service hubs or 000 Emergency call centres based in WA.  We are 11 percent of the population and should receive 11% of the permanent jobs from the Commonwealth.

Many new jobs are in the "Gig Economy" which have no real foundation for taking out a mortgage and buying a home.

We want real permanent Jobs in WA.

VOTE 1 for the Western Australia Party for secure jobs in WA. 

 

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA IS STILL BEING DUDDED ON GST FAIRNESS

The GST (Goods and Services Tax) was introduced by the Howard Government in July 2000, replacing the previous federal wholesale sales tax system, and was designed to phase out a number of State and Territory Government taxes and duties such as Payroll tax, Transfer duties (Stamp duties) and Insurance duties.

Fast forward to 20 years later. We are still paying Payroll tax, Transfer and Insurance Duties, in addition to the GST on most goods and services. In WA, the revenue collected from these 3 taxes is approximately $5Bn each year, while at the same time, WA is giving approximately $3.5Bn of our 2020/21 GST revenue to other states!

These 3 state taxes are insidious and they discourage employment (payroll tax), substantially increase the cost of trade, especially the cost of property and vehicles (transfer duty) and add to cost of insurances (insurance duty).

But what about the Federal Government’s “GST Fix” of 2018?

The “GST Fix” of 70c (rising to 75c in 2025) in the dollar minimum per capita distribution to Western Australia is achieved by the Federal Government making up the shortfall in Western Australia’s GST share by a separate payment.  

But the 70c in the dollar GST floor does not take into account the huge amount of GST revenue that Western Australia has lost in the past 20 years.

And Western Australia will be missing out on 30c in the dollar of its per capita share which is approximately $2.1Bn per annum. Over 8 years that is $17 billion which could go to reducing Western Australia’s massive debt and/or improve the provision of infrastructure and services.

The so-called “GST Fix” also does nothing to reduce the State’s reliance on Payroll tax, Stamp Duty and Insurance Duty, which are insidious taxes that increase costs of business and housing, and have negative impacts on employment.

The Western Australia Party calls for “GST Fairness”, which is an immediate change to GST allocation so that WA receives 100% of its per capita GST revenue share. Once “GST Fairness” occurs, the Western Australia Party calls for Payroll tax, Stamp Duty and Insurance Duty to be abolished to save costs for business and improve employment in Western Australia.

If you want more jobs, more action on climate change and cheaper transaction costs for residential housing...

VOTE 1 for the Western Australia Party.  We will fix the GST and claim back our missing billions!

 

The Hon. Charles Smith was a guest speaker at another successful event attended by more than 100 people with lots of banners demanding democracy in Planning and Development in Western Australia.

100 Communities

There are more than 100 communities across Metropolitan Perth and beyond affected by the State Government's plan to develop at any cost.

Responsible Urban Planning

This was the third event was organised by Ian Love from the Perth Alliance for Responsible Urban Planning.  The numbers are growing and the evidence of dodgy deals through government departments is mounting.

Development Disasters

If you have a development disaster or dodgy deal to report, please contact us and we will add it to our dodgy deals list.

Messages for policy makers and politicians:

 

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For the past 25 years, the Midland Railway Workshops have rusted away under both Liberal and Labor Governments.

Both major political parties had shut their doors on thousands of apprentices trained at the workshops during its 90-year history.

Until now !

The Western Australia Party is aware the State Government is planning a reopening of Midland Railway Workshop with a claim that it is an initiative from the Labor Party. Convenor of the Western Australia Party, Julie Matheson, says, "it's not!".

"The Midland Railway Workshop's reopening as a working industrial museum is Brad Bedford's initiative, not the Labor Party's.

Brad is the Western Australia Party Candidate for Midland after the Liberal and Labor Parties both slammed the door shut on Brad and his campaign. Brad has amassed a large following, with thousands signing a petition and hundreds attending a reunion for former apprentices. Brad has a plan for youth unemployment in Western Australia, and the Labor and Liberal parties do not".

The workshops had provided trades people for many different industries across the state of Western Australia.

So when you see a big announcement about reopening the Midland Railway Workshops for an "activity centre" in the next 14 days or so, remember Brad Bedford, Candidate for Midland, because his name will be missing from the credits, another sign that the Western Australia Party is winning for W.A.

WAke Up News is proudly brought to you by Russell Goodrick and the Western Australia Party.

Each edition features one or more of our candidates for the 2021 State Election

In this edition we feature:

  • Councillors' retain their powers in Parliament by cancelling the Government's change to the Local Government Regulation 9.
  • Industrial Relations Bill to to make industrial manslaughter a crime and puts in stronger penalties in place for employers who contribute to a worker's death 
  • Western Australia Party shines a spotlight the Government overcharging Western Australians in water bills to the tune of $800 million.
  • Cr Kieran Noonan for the South West and his campaign to protect Gelorup Corridor and create better communities in regional WA.

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Last Sunday 70 people gathered in Gelorup Hall to celebrate the launch of Kieran Noonan’s campaign for a seat in the Legislative Council for the South West for the Western Australian Party.  Kieran is a Councillor on the Capel Shire, and has taught at MacKillop College and Bunbury Catholic College over the past 21 years.  The Western Australia Party is the fastest-growingpolitical party in WA, focused on local community concerns, not Perth and Canberra politics.

 

“We are very happy to endorse Kieran for the South West,” said Party Leader Julie Matheson.

 

 

 

 

 FIXING LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING

 

“Reducing your rates”

 

Property development can be a dirty business, particularly when it comes to land-banking, which is the speciality of Australia’s largest developers.

It is the gift that keeps on giving for the Australian property developer lobby. Planning gains. Betterment. Whatever you call it, it is a multi-billion dollar give-away to the politically connected happening every year.

It works like this. Property developers buy land with the accompanying right to use it for a certain purpose, which is typically prescribed in the local council planning documents. They then lobby their mates in power to change the prescribed uses in the plan, in the process giving them a new property right which they did not pay the previous owner for. Nor did they pay the government for that new right. It was a gift.

Land-banking involves the speculative buying of large parcels of land that are currently unsuitable for development in the hope of future development potential.

We say: How well-connected you are determines how successful you will be in getting your land rezoned for higher value uses.

The Western Australia Party has called for a 25% Betterment Tax to ensure the West Australian public, not the property lobby, receive the lion’s share of benefits from land rezoning decisions.

Well-connected, lobbyist-hiring property developers make millions and millions each year from rezoning and planning decisions in local government.

At stake are the billions of dollars our local councils and state governments create out of thin air when they rezone land.

The profit is unearned, the money created by a local government decision and thus the lion’s share of it should remain with the local government i.e. rate payers.

The only reason these types of land deals escalate in value is because the government rezones them for development.

Therefore, it makes perfect policy sense for the government (taxpayers) to capture most of the value uplift.

Essentially, the government would capture 25% of the value gain, payable upon approval of the development application (i.e. approval is conditional upon payment).

So for example, if a property was worth, say, $3 million as vacant farm block and $30 million as a development, then to get approval the developer would have to pay 0.25 x ($30m – $3m) = $6.75m. The developer would still make more than 20  million gross profit on his land purchase but $6.75 million dollars that is pure windfall would now go to the public.

The existing planning setup is clearly not working effectively, resulting in corruption, and rapid land cost escalation. These costs are ultimately borne by home buyers and the younger generation, all for the benefit of a few lucky landholders and speculators who are effectively handed enormous profits courtesy of the local and state government.

In sum:  A betterment tax which was briefly considered by the Henry Tax Review, whereby rezoning triggers a fee that amounts to the value gain from rezoning, payable by the landowner at the time they choose to develop or sell the land.

Our state treasurer should introduce explicit “betterment taxes” to capture some of the windfall gains from rezoning of land.

Government permission to build higher-density housing, or convert farmland into greenfield housing land, generates large unearned windfall gains for landowners or property developers.

Taxing these windfall gains would be a particularly efficient form of taxation, would reduce the opportunities for corruption in the planning system, in local government and would enable state treasurers to refund local governments to reduce rates or fix ailing local infrastructure and services.

Kieran Noonan endorsed as South West candidate for 2021 Election

 

“The South West deserves honest, local and hardworking representation, and the Western Australia Party is thrilled to endorse Kieran Noonan as our candidate in the South West Region for the Legislative Council at the March 2021 State election,” says Party Leader Julie Matheson.

 

Councillor Noonan is a local Secondary Humanities Teacher with over 25 years’ experience.  He’s been a long-time resident of Gelorup and has raised his four children there.  He was elected to the Shire of Capel council in 2019 on a platform of sensible reform and responding to community concerns.

 

Kieran Noonan says he’s running to build the Gold route of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road to avoid sterilizing 20 million tonnes of basalt which should be preserved for coastal erosion mitigation.  In addition, the Gold route would prevent the destruction of the world-renowned Gelorup Corridor, which contains significant Indigenous heritage value, and five trees that are the largest of their species, including the World’s two largest WA Christmas trees and mistletoes.

 

Mr. Noonan says, “We must support local communities’ efforts to protect their environments from poor developments.  The State Government has been too city-centric, and they must be held to account for their decisions.  Their plans for Gnarabup are another case of poor development potentially destroying the unique environment and lifestyle that make the South West so special.” 

 

As a former part-time Prison Chaplain at the Bunbury Regional Prison, Mr. Noonan is acutely aware of the problems with law and order in the South West.  “If elected, I will work to increase the number of frontline staff at regional police stations and to improve youth services,” he said.

 

Mr. Noonan wants to see an increase in infrastructure spending in the South West.  “It’s time for the South West to be more equitably recognised for its contribution to the State economy,” he said.

 

Infrastructure improvements he would like to see include;

·        Re-instating the relocation of Parks and Wildlife offices to Koombana Bay,

·        Duplication of the Bussell Highway from Capel to Busselton,

·        Replacing the Boyanup Saleyards with a new facility and rehabilitating the town centre,

·        Building both the new Busselton Airport Terminal and Regional Performing Arts Centre, and

·        A School Excursion Rebate Scheme to promote tours to Albany and the South Coast, similar to the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate for tours to Canberra.

 

“In March 2021, we need some new voices advocating for the South West,” said Mr. Noonan.

 

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Contact:  Kieran Noonan   0476 197 988                                   Russell Goodrick 0418 922 464

 

Contact: Kieran Noonan.   0476 197 988                                   Russell Goodrick 0418 922 464

 

 

Bill Koul endorsed as Bateman candidate for 2021 Election

 

A professional engineer and author, Bill Koul has been endorsed to represent the Western Australia Party at the 2021 state election. Mr. Koul says he is running to preserve and improve the liveability of Bateman and its connectivity with surrounding areas and the Perth CBD.

 

“We should improve the maintenance and upkeep of Public Open Spaces; improve upon the existing facilities for seniors and children; work to create smoother traffic conditions with less traffic congestion; and ensure the sensible development of public infrastructure, including commercial and residential buildings.”

 

“As a safe seat, Bateman often misses out on key infrastructure spending to more marginal, politically motivated electorates. It’s time to change that, he says.”

 

Upper House, South Metropolitan Region candidate Katy Mair has supported Mr. Koul since she awarded him Australian citizenship during her tenure as Mayor of the City of Melville two decades ago.

 

The former Mayor says, “Bill understands the needs of Bateman and will use his extensive experience to be a strong local representative for the electorate in Parliament.”

 

“Bill is often seen walking through the streets, chatting and listening to residents on a regular basis. Something he has done long before announcing his candidacy and something he will continue to do for many years to come.”

 

“Bill Koul is the best choice to represent Bateman in 2021,” Ms. Mair said.

 

Both Ms. Mair and Mr. Koul joined the Western Australia Party due to the party’s long-held stance of putting Western Australia first, not political ideologies or eastern states powerbrokers.

 

Mr. Koul is also passionate about ensuring that Western Australia receives its fair share of Federal funding and a 100% per capita share of the GST revenue.

 

“WA contributes significantly to the Australian economy, despite having only 11% of the Australian population, punching well above its weight in the fields of economy, education, sports, and science. It’s time that we get recognized for this contribution to our nation.”

 

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Contact: Bill Koul 0448 128 398.                                                      Russell Goodrick 0418 922 464

The Western Australia Party strongly supports the introduction of Third Party Appeal Rights in Western Australia.  Founding members of the party and former elected council members Julie Matheson and Ron Norris supported Third Party Appeal Rights in submissions and motions put to local governments and WALGA.

 

 

Ref:  Post Newspapers, 10/8/2019

Third Party Appeal Rights provides the legal framework to link Western Australia's world class planning framework with good development decisions by the decision maker.  The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) is the obvious and most cost effective legal system to review unmeritorious development applications.

Developers can avoid our desired planning framework outcomes by using government appointed panel members to approve any development without fear of appeal.  The SAT system to appeal an unmeritorious development does not exist in Western Australia.

Departure from the world class planning framework and poor development outcomes is rife in Western Australia especially in the Perth Metropolitan area.  For example the planning framework calls for residential mixed use developments in Town Centres yet four high rise developments were approved in Subiaco by the Development Assessment Panel ( "the DAP") without any residential dwellings.  The State Government is forcing infill in the Western Suburbs yet avoid sanctioning their own appointed panel members when a development has no residential dwellings. 

Access to the rule of law is not evenly provided for.  Councils and residents are unable to challenge the DAP and other decision makers without costly appeals to the Supreme Court.  This is undemocratic and without equal access to the law as a fundamental tenet of a functional democracy.

The Western Australia Party through the Hon Charles Smith MLC will be calling on the State Government and the Liberal Party to change the laws in favour of Third Party Appeal Rights in Western Australia at the 2021 State Election.

Media enquiries:  Julie Matheson 0409 294 495

Authorised by S Phelan, 4 Ventnor Avenue, West Perth

 

 

“Mining and Pastoral deserves proven representation, and the Western Australia Party is thrilled to endorse Dave Grills as our Regional candidate in the Legislative Council at the March 2021 State election,” says Party Leader Julie Matheson.

 

Mr. Grills, whose family has a long history in Kalgoorlie, is well known in the Mining and Pastoral Region as a former policeman and Member of Parliament from 2013 through 2017.

 

Dave has also served two terms on local council where he’s provided strong commitment and engagement with the community, separately has provided effective programs identifying and supporting youth, and in business, advice on Occupational Health and Safety.

 

Campaign issues:

Dave Grills says he’s running to ensure that regional Western Australia benefits from WA’s resource contribution to the nation.

 

Mr. Grills says, “WA’s over-reliance on Fly-in Fly-out workers is harming regional Western Australia and needs to be reduced. The Western Australia Party wants to encourage FIFO workers to work and live in major regional towns with their families.”

 

“Further, we must encourage and support small business in local areas,” he said.

 

Living and setting up a business in regional towns can be significantly supported by abolishing fringe benefits tax and receiving a fair per capita GST share.  Small businesses can compete for employees without the costly burden of FBT on employment benefits such as homes, cars, school fees, gym membership, water, and electricity.  “I will work with state and federal governments to achieve this,” He said.

 

“As a former Policeman, I know first-hand the problems relating to Law and Order in Regional WA, and if elected, I will work to increase the numbers of frontline staff at regional police stations and seek a review of the Young Offenders Act 1994,” he said.

 

We want to see more robust laws introduced so that criminal offenders are swiftly removed from the community. We will work hand in hand with local government to make this our priority.”

 

Endorsed by:

Supporting Mr. Grills, East Metropolitan MLC Charles Smith says, “I’ve known Dave for around 15 years. He’s a hard-working local who’ll fight for the Mining and Pastoral Region.”

 

Julie Matheson, formerly of Port Hedland (in the Mining and Pastoral electorate), firmly supports Mr. Grills declaring that high taxes are a substantial barrier to small business development in Regional WA and Dave is the right man to pursue this issue in State Parliament.”

 

“In March 2021, you can vote for change or more of the same.” said Mr. Grills

Smith endorses Midland candidate for 2021

 


 

The Western Australia Party publicly endorsed Brad Bedford this week who announced he is running as a Western Australia Party candidate to represent Midland at the 2021 state election.

 

Mr Bedford, a former electro-plater at the Midland Railway Workshops, says he is running to establish a working railway museum at the Midland Workshops.

 

According to Mr Bedford the workshops are a key historical site with the potential to be a successful tourist and educational precinct, injecting life and capital into Midland. 

 

“We should be preserving WA’s cultural and working history and promoting those trades that built this state, so younger generations can get a feel for these trades and have a go at learning and developing their fine motor skills.

 

“Despite promises to restore the languishing infrastructure of course nothing has happened and I am here to change that.

 

It’s more than just the buildings; it’s what the workers did inside,” Mr Bedford said.

 

East Metropolitan MP Charles Smith supports Mr Bedford and says both the major parties regularly whitewashes the state’s history in favour of commercial interests.

 

“Imagine turning workshops into a museum for school aged children, history `enthusiasts and tourists.

 

“Not only do we keep a bit of Perth’s important working history but the boost this project would provide to the local economy would be fantastic,” Mr Smith said.

 

Mr Smith also said that during the COVID-19 crisis where unemployment has surged, projects such as the workshop’s restoration are particularly important.

 

Mr Bedford joined the Western Australia Party due to the party’s strong history in supporting local jobs, manufacturing and a solid track record in preserving key historical landmarks.

 

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Contact: Brad Bedford 0424 397 473                                             

              Russell Goodrick 0418 922 464

 

www.westernaustraliaparty.org.au

 

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Doug Jackson has gone from council candidate to government minister. The Peppermint Grove resident has the transport portfolio in this year’s Youth Parliament. Doug, 19, was put in as the Member for Maylands, and is working with his eight-member committee on how to improve our trains and buses. “As part of Metronet the State Government is re-doing Bayswater station and is building a new station at Morley,” Doug said. “Each committee writes a Bill. Ours is on how to improve public transport. “We look at what the state government has done, or is doing, and see if we can improve it.”

Doug, who came close to winning a seat at Peppermint Grove council last year, said he had always been interested in politics. “I joined a political party (Julie Matheson’s Western Australia Party) when I was 16,” he said. “Young people should do more than complain about politics.” After a week-long camp, Youth Parliamentarians debate Bills and give speeches in the Lower House for three days. “It’s normally in July, but the COVID-19 pandemic has seen that pushed to September,” Doug said. “We have a break at exam time, and then we get into the Bill amendment phase.”

Doug, a Scotch College graduate, is in his second year of a UWA degree in political science and international relations. He met Maylands Labor MP Lisa Baker to obtain information about the area for a speech. “She was really helpful; each Youth Parliamentarian gives a speech about the good things they’ve noticed about their electorate,” he said. “Hopefully our Bill will get passed: Youth Parliament isn’t about partisan politics; it’s about ideas and policy.”

Doug’s Parliamentary colleagues include Lucinda Flavel (Cottesloe); Emily Sullivan (Nedlands); and Lucy Lonnqvist (Churchlands). The Premier (and Member for Bassendean) is Bassendean resident Emily Wilding. This is the 25th year of Youth Parliament, which is coordinated by the YMCA.

As printed in the Post Newspaper - 26 June 2020

 https://postnewspapers.com.au/

 

The Western Australia Party is proud to submit a submission to the Hon. Ben Wyatt about Food Security in Western Australia's remote communities.

  

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Treasurer Hon Ben Wyatt MLA

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Dumas House, 2 Havelock Street

WEST PERTH   WA  6005

via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dear Minister Wyatt

 

SUBMISSION:  Food Security in remote communities

In a recent article in the West Australian, there was criticism of the cost of a 2 litre bottle of orange juice at Mulan (Lake Gregory) Aboriginal community store being $12 when the equivalent price in Perth would be $5.50.  The West Australian took credit for the decision by the State Government to conduct an Inquiry into this revelation.

Apart from the high cost of transport from Perth to Halls Creek and then 300km south on very rough roads to Mulan, there may be other reasons why the cost was so high.

The orange juice referred to is high in sugar, which is not a preferred diet for any child or adult. Perhaps the pricing is reflective of discouragement of consumption of that product.

The Western Australia Party is strongly supportive of Aboriginal people having healthy diets, and eating locally sourced produce, and their community stores where possible operated by local people.

Bush Tucker Security

Food security is dened by the Council of Australian Governments as ‘the ability of individuals, households and communities to acquire appropriate and nutritious food on a regular and reliable basis using socially acceptable means'.

Bush Tucker should be on the menu for all remote communities and if it’s not available the State Government should find out why and provide this important food security.  All remote communities live on country.  Aboriginal country existed for more than 40,000 years.  Aboriginal people didn’t starve or die out because of no food while living on country.

Bush Tucker Education

Remote communities must have Bush Tucker Education for all people on country rather than additional health workers that report the issues but are unable to solve the problem like showing Aboriginal people how to catch and prepare food on country.

It is important that the State Government takes an active interest in promoting healthy diets in all remote communities.

Bush Tucker Security

Bush Tucker Security in remote communities should be a priority for this Government in 2020 and beyond.

Our candidates campaigning in remote areas have witness some communities starving when not far away farmers are digging back unwanted vegetables into the ground.  People living on country say their food and water sources have been disrupted by mining and agriculture.  This food security issue does not appear to be a high priority for government when approving land use and mining rights.

The Western Australia Party would be supportive of legislation introduced into parliament that addresses Bush Tucker Security for remote communities with a number of issues addressed like:

1.     Identification of Bush Tucker prior to 1829 settlement in remote areas

2.     Initiatives to reintroduce sources of Bush Tucker if lost or in decline

3.     Cultural education on management and food gathering for remote communities on country.

4.     Supply of fresh food to be underwritten by mining and agricultural companies with leases and tenements over regional land areas

 

We look forward to your reply to our concerns raised in this submission.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely

 

Janetia Knapp,

Western Australia Party Aboriginal Affairs Adviser and Candidate for Fremantle

 

Julie Matheson, BA (UWA), Dip FP (Deakin), CFP® (FPA)

Western Australia Party Convenor

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HANDS OFF CAMBRIDGE COUNCIL

COUNCIL RESPONSIBILITY

Cambridge Council is the only Western Australian council to take its roles and responsibilities seriously.  It’s a model council for WA.

Mayor Keri Shannon and Councillors have been holding the Council’s administration to high level of performance and efficiency, reforming key administrative processes and updating planning instruments neglected for a decade.  The Council has also delivered Zero Rate Rises for three years in row.

Cambridge Council appears to be punished by “the club” and the Minister for Local Government by alleging conduct without releasing particulars in the Show Cause Notice.

Hypothetically, if money is stolen from a council, who is responsible?

Under the Local Government Act 1995, it’s the elected members that are responsible for the functions of local government in section 2.7 including the stolen money.

A CEO has no responsibility under the Act and no responsibility for stolen money.

So it would be appropriate for a Council to make its own independent inquiries about how the money was stolen so that it can satisfy itself that appropriate supervision and oversight of the accounts is properly implemented to the satisfaction of the Council, not the CEO.

Please sign the Petition to Save Cambridge Council.

#LocalGovernmentReform #forSubiaco #Responsibility #WANews

20190727 Cambridge zero rate rise

 Independent MLC Charles Smith joins the Western Australia Party

East Metropolitan Region MP Charles Smith announced today he has joined the Western Australia Party (WAP), standing as their representative in the state’s upper house for the remaining election term.

Mr. Smith will be a key player leading the party into next year’s state election and encourages all independents to join the Western Australia Party and to hold the government to account on the crossbench seats in both the Legislative Assembly and Council.

“The Western Australian Party is a natural home for me as the party is focussed on putting Western Australians first,” said Mr. Smith. "The party’s election platform will include holding major parties to account on Western Australian jobs, cost of living, and law and order.  Our citizens have borne the brunt of a declining economy; that has seen their wealth and property values plummet and state taxes and charges rise.”

Economic restoration has been at the forefront of Mr. Smith’s work warning of rising unemployment and declining wages, which he attributes to overzealous policies like the international student trade, which is proven to increase competition for jobs and amplify downward pressure on wages. “Coupled with a cramped job market with substantial hikes in living costs and state taxes and charges, you can start to understand why West Aussies are doing it tough,” said Mr. Smith.

The Western Australia Party's campaign for more WA jobs will include Mr. Smith introducing new legislation to bring manufacturing back to WA.  Manufacturing will help to diversify the economy away from relying on property development, which superficially props up a third of the economy.

The newly-minted Western Australia Party MP and former police officer said ‘law and order’ is also high on his agenda, stating the WAP stands strongly for renewed investment into the justice system.

“The Western Australia Party will seek to recruit an additional 1000 frontline staff and introduce legislation to protect police in the course of their duties, and advocate for significant investment into additional prison capacity to relieve pressure on Western Australia’s overcrowded prisons.”

The Western Australia Party is the only registered party with its head office based in Western Australia and committed to making policies in the best interests of all Western Australians.

Authorised by Stephen Phelan, Western Australia Party Secretary, West Perth WA 6005

The Western Australia Party recognises there are many small businesses operating as sole traders in Western Australia.

If your sole trader income has fallen by more than 30%, you may be eligible to apply directly for the Jobkeeper Allowance of $1,500 per fortnight.

To complete an online application, you must:

  1. first register with MyGov
  2. Link the Australian Tax Office website to your account using your tax file number
  3. Click on the COVID19 Jobseeker enrolment button
  4. and follow the steps to register.

The Western Australia Party supports the many small businesses operating in Western Australia and will continue to advocate for government assistance from State and Federal Governments during this COVID19 economic downturn.

Authorised by S Phelan, Secretary for the Western Australia Party, Subiaco  WA  6008

The Western Australia Party is a proud supporter of Privacy Awareness Week.  Your privacy is critical especially concerning working from home and enrolment in the Commonwealth's COVID19 app. 

The government wants more and more information from you over the internet like joining MyGov and storing your health information on line.  You are also expected to stop using cash and pay on line or by electronic cards, tap and go.

Your support for the Western Australia Party is critical to keep the government honest about your privacy and to protect your rights to pay with cash or card and to store your personal information in your preferred format.

Authorised by S Phelan, Secretary for the Western Australia Party, Subiaco WA 6008

It's in Western Australia's best interests to protect WA's borders from recession and budget constraints by receiving a per capita share (11%) of Federal funding.

The Western Australia Party and taxpayers of WA welcome the recently announced Commonwealth stimulus packages to support Australians during the COVID-19 crisis and State of Emergency.

Right now, all state governments are suffering massive reductions in the revenue streams from state taxes such as Payroll tax and Stamp duty due to loss of employment and much reduced property and motor vehicle sales.

The Western Australia Party calls on the Commonwealth to equal Western Australia's share of GST revenue to 100 percent per capita share and to guarantee that Western Australia receives our per capita (11%) share of all Commonwealth stimulus initiatives, including capital funding for SHOVEL READY PROJECTS in Western Australia.

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Media enquiries:  Andrew Mangano on 0400 899 210

Authorised by S Phelan, Western Australia Party Secretary, Subiaco WA 6008

The Western Australia Party questions the motives of the Joint Standing Committee* on the Corruption and Crime Commission not to reach bi-partisan support for the reappointment of CCC Commissioner Mr John McKechnie.

Spokesperson for the Western Australia Party, Julie Matheson said "It's a no brainer and in the best interests of Western Australia, Mr McKechnie should be reappointed".

"Mr McKechnie's time as Commissioner has uncovered some of the biggest WA public sector corruption scandals in recent times including misappropriating $22 million in the Department of Communities (safe children and public housing) and senior WA North Metropolitan Health bureaucrats corruptly receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and travel paid by contractors in exchange for winning work on Government projects."

Recent media reports indicate that Liberals are blocking the reappointment of Mr McKechnie because of CCC investigations into their former member Mr Phil Edman's $700 taxpayer trip to a Japanese bathhouse and other taxpayer funded personal expenditure.

"We are calling for bi-partisan support for the Government's Bill to reappoint Mr McKechnie for a second term to continue his outstanding work.  Members of Parliament should stand up for justice with a clear conscience that their actions speak louder than words.  Western Australia needs members of Parliament with integrity".

* Current members Labor Margaret Quirk and Matthew Hughes, Liberal Jim Chown and Greens Alison Xamon

Media enquiries:  Julie Matheson 0409 294 495

Authorised by S Phelan, Subiaco WA 6008

The State Government must step in to save regional towns from airfare hikes.

The Western Australia Party is concerned about the effect on regional communities from the collapse of the Virgin Australia group and its local WA subsidiary, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines.

As Australia's largest state, air travel is critical to WA's regional towns for business, health and tourism at a fair price.

It is critical that the State Government step in and assist to facilitate another operation to take over Virgin airline's travel routes to guarantee competition in the air industry to keep prices as a fair level or regulate airfares in regional areas of Western Australia.

Media enquiries:  Julie Matheson, Western Australia Party Convenor 0409 294 495

Authorised by Stephen Phelan, Western Australia Party Secretary, Subiaco WA

 

The Western Australian Party has written to Parliamentarians seeking a NO VOTE to the hastily prepared Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 and its unfettered powers for the Minister for Local Government and Councils where there is no oversight by an independent umpire on decision making.  The Bill will be put to parliament on 15 and 16 April 2020.

The Western Australia Party is opposed the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020. 

Western Australians understand that COVID-19 has resulted in many changes to stop the spread of the pandemic. The most important and most successful change is restricting the entry of persons to the state and this should be maintained for as long as is necessary.

However, there are some in local government (including WALGA) and the state government who are using the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to conduct a “power grab” of democracy away from council elected members and the community as a whole.

POWER GRAB

Proposed section 10.3(1) empowers the Local Government Minister with discretion to issue an order to modify or suspend the operation of specified provisions of the Act or regulations made under the Act. Ministerial discretion is very dangerous and can easily be misused, as we have seen with the Planning Minister’s recent actions approving over height developments and ramming through Local Planning Schemes.

Proposed section 10.4 (Suspension of local law) is unnecessary and uncalled for.  Local governments already have discretionary powers, that are exercisable with a resolution of council, to suspend the operation of a local law or part of local law, to reduce red-tape and to quickly respond to local consequences in their district of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There is no reason why democracy in local government should be a victim of COVID-19.

NEW POWERS

Instead the Western Australia Party wants to introduce new powers under the Act to stop the power grab by a number of Council CEO’s from attempting to use the COVID-19 pandemic to conduct special meetings to increase their power by changing delegations and having only the Mayor, rather than the full Council to approve motions, without reference to elected Councillors or the community.

EXISTING POWERS

Councils are already meeting online and can continue to meet this way, as needed, until the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Councillors, who represent the community, can respond quickly to any urgent matter, online.

"CEOs already have powers under Delegated Authority to respond quickly to emerging needs of the community. Parliament does not have to provide them with any more powers through coercion from this Bill. " 

Media enquiries:  Andrew Mangano, Policy Adviser 0400 899 210

Authorised by Stephen Phelan, Western Australia Party Secretary, Subiaco WA 6008

The Western Australian public deserve to be able to go to hospitals without risking contact with COVID-19 infected persons.

Therefore the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY is calling on the government to reopen the building known as PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL (PMH) to be dedicated to emergency help for COVID-19.

This will free up our public hospitals to help with other medical emergencies and health issues that still need treatment.

PMH is the ideal location for the treatment of COVID-19. It has parking that health workers desperately need and is accessible from north, south, west and east freeways/highways.

 

Media contact:  Russell Goodrick 0418 922 464 or Julie Matheson 0409 294 495

 

Authorised by: Stephen Phelan, Subiaco WA 6008

 

FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIANS.

This funding timeline has been released by the government commencing 31 March 2020:

  1. From 31 March 2020 First round of $750 payments to support households
  2. Applications from early-April Assistance for existing apprentices and trainees for a wage subsidy of 50% to a maximum of $21,000 for 9 months to 30 September 2020
  3. Applications from mid-April 2020 Temporary early release of $10,000 tax free from superannuation
  4. From 27 April 2020 Income support (Job Seeker $565.70 pf) plus a Coronavirus supplement of $550 per fortnight 
  5. From 28 April 2020 First phase of Boosting Cash Flow for Employers starting with a minimum payment of $20,000 to pay rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff
  6. From 1 May 2020 Increased transfer payments from a 0.75% reduction in both the upper and lower social security deeming rates for Age pensioners and other Centrelink benefits
  7. From 1 July 2020 another $10,000 access to superannuation will be available for approximately three months (tax free)
  8. From 13 July 2020 Second round of $750 payments to support households
  9. From 21 July 2020 Second phase of Boosting Cash Flow for Employers
  10. A 50% reduction in compulsory withdrawals from retirement income pension accounts in 2020 and 2021
  11. Asset write-off for business up to $150,000 until 30 June 2020

To be eligible, the applicant must satisfy any one or more of the following:

  • is unemployed; or
  • eligible to receive a job seeker payment, youth allowance for jobseekers, parenting payment, special benefit or farm household allowance; or
  • after 1 January 2020:
    • been made redundant; or
    • the working hours were reduced by 20% or more; or
    • a sole trader, the business was suspended or a reduction in turnover of 20% or more.

JOB KEEPER PAYMENT

From 30 March 2020, affected employers will be a claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee for a maximum period of 6 months.

If you require financial guidance to navigate the Federal government's stimulus packages, please contact the party and we will put you in touch with one of our members that specialises in the service you require.

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The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY is thrilled to announce its first candidate for the 2021 State Election. Michael O’Loghlen is to be the lead candidate for the Agricultural Region in the Legislative Council.

 

Mr. O’Loghlen has served his community for 30 years. He is well known for his work as a professional Esperance fisherman, as the former owner of the Wubin BP roadhouse, and as a Shire of Gingin ranger.

 

Most recently, he has been working in the oil and gas fields off the northwest coast.

 

Western Australia Party Convenor, Julie Matheson, says, “Mr. O’Loghlen has lived and breathed the Agricultural Region for many years. However, like so many others, he is frustrated at being let down by politicians beholden to their eastern states’ bosses.”

 

Mr. O’Loghlen says he has had enough of the shambles presented to us by our politicians.

 

“Our G.S.T. share remains far below par, royalties for regions are being diluted, and our water security is almost ignored,” he said.

 

“As the first WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY candidate for the 2021 State Election, Michael O’Loghlen represents the start of our election campaign, says Matheson”. “Over the next year, the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY will be announcing candidates across the state and engaging with thousands of our fellow Western Australians.”

 

“Like many of you, I’m tired of our great state being let down by West Australian politicians who are helping out their eastern states counterparts,” said O’Loghlen.

 

“The Western Australia Party is for Western Australia!”

 

If elected, Michael O’Loghlen will use his state-wide experiences across Western Australia to represent the people of the Agricultural Region.

The Western Australia Party calls on the people of WA to get on the front foot with its list of Shovel Ready projects or be another statistic in the Federal bias against Western Australia. 

The WA planning system has unfettered powers to approve any development without compensation for affected neighbours.

These powers have developed over time since 2011 to force infill into the established suburbs of Perth.  Most of the infill is blocks of high-rise flats built on the boundary on the neighbouring property.

Other inappropriate development approved with these unfettered powers include a McDonalds built near a school oval in Mandurah, new housing built in wetlands, and proposals to build high-rise flats on the Subiaco Oval Reserve which is needed for active sports space for the Bob Hawke College, the community and the WA Football Commission.

Our policies will target the WA planning system and remove these unfettered powers starting with a Royal Commission into the WA Planning Commission and the powers of the Minister for Planning.

The Productivity Commission report into Remote Area Tax Concession and Payments has been released.

 

The Western Australia Party is disappointed with many of the statements and recommendations in the report. It is effectively recommending winding back of tax payments and concessions to the most remote areas only.

 

Regional and remote areas need different tax treatments to encourage people to live outside the major cities, and to stop the exodus from these areas to the cities, which then puts pressure on cities in terms of traffic, house prices, pollution etc.

 

FIFO has many other downsides including damaging the economies of the local towns, high divorce rates, and health impacts.

 

The Western Australia Party advocates for different tax treatments for all areas outside major cities, to encourage Australians to live outside the major cities and make living in regional and remote areas more affordable.

 

To view the report please follow this link: https://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/remote-tax/report

This policy is dedicated to the memory of Andrew Neal who died from starvation over 56 days caused by stomach cancer, age 46 (3 April 2012).

Western Australia Party Members have a conscience vote on policies such as assisted dying.

There is much emotional debate in the media and community at this time related to the proposed assisted dying laws.

Convenor of  the Western Australia Party, Julie Matheson says "There is little or no mention of access to groundbreaking, although not yet proven, medical research programs by those diagnosed with a terminal illness." 

These programs should be included in any Parliamentary Bill to help the terminally ill.

The Western Australia Party believes that those diagnosed with a terminal illness should be first allowed to partake in medical research programs that may not only benefit them, but also provide relief from pain and suffering, and make available valuable results for medical researchers and future patients.

The Western Australia Party also believes this research should be funded by the public medical system, so it is not limited to those with sufficient wealth.

Proposed Policy

  1. The Western Australian Government shall create and maintain a register within Western Australia of competent research into human terminal illness.

  2. Any person with the mental capacity to make considerate decisions and upon receipt of confirmation of the diagnosis of a terminal illness by a registered medical practitioner in Western Australia shall be:

 a)  given access without cost, to the above-noted register;

 b)  Including access to a qualified independent research professional whom shall discuss with the individual the pro’s and con’s of any and all potentially suitable registered research and medications, and provide an answer without bias to all questions raised by the individual;

 c)  The individual shall have the right to determine if the discussed research opportunities, identified above, occur in the presence and contribution of the individual’s specialist medical practitioner or in private.

 d)  The individual shall be given an opportunity to voluntarily and without coercion, take part in any current, open, and registered research identified as potentially providing relief in respect to the specific terminal illness.

 e)  The individual alone shall decide if taking part in research shall be concurrent with or to the exclusion of the individual’s specialist medical practitioner’s recommended medicinal or other treatment regimes.

 f)  The individual shall have the right, without question, to withdraw at any time from any such research. For the value of the research, the researcher may request, but is not entitled to coerce or in any other manner, force, the person withdrawing to contribute to a survey questionnaire.

 g)  Contributing to any particular research or withdrawing from any registered research shall not prevent the individual from contributing to any other registered research.

 h)  If at any time the researchers identify that a specific regime of specific research does not deliver a measurable benefit to the individual, the individual is to be advised as soon as is practicable of that failure to benefit.

  3.   The Western Australian Government shall fund the cost of any such research voluntarily undertaken by an individual. The benefit of the public funding identified here is that whereas currently medical costs are paid, under this model the public receive the benefit from; public education, encouraging research, earlier access to beneficial treatment and of receiving cost savings from greater confidence in research results.

 4.    The results of such research shall be made available to the public, with the exclusion of the private details of the individual concerned.

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The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY would like to thank YOU the electors of WA for making this party a top 5 party in Western Australia.

Here's what you did

  • In Exmouth you gave 35% of the vote to our candidate for Durack Gary Mounsey, sending a message to the current MP not to take the North West for granted.
  • You gave our Senate candidates more votes that the Shooters Fishers and Farmers and the Liberal Democrat and they have state MPs.
  • Your donations helped us run advertisements in The West and Facebook
  • Over 130 of you volunteered at polling booths

We ran an honest campaign without any dirty backroom deals.  Our policies are in the BEST INTERESTS of WA, not made by powerbrokers in the eastern states.

Remember... Vote 1 for the Western Australia Party, then 2, 3 etc for the party you wish to govern the state or federal government.  Your vote matters.

Thank you.

Julie Matheson

Party Leader and Senate Candidate

 

Vote 1 for the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY on both ballot papers this Saturday 18 May 2019.

Why?  Because your number 1 vote is a double value vote.

With the help of voters in the by-elections of Cottesloe, Darling Range and Perth, the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY exposed the false claims of every party and every politician in Canberra that said "they couldn't change the GST without approval of all states".  Even Scott Morrison claimed it was up to the states to agree when he was Treasurer, and the Labor party did nothing while they were in government too.

While Canberra politicians were making these false claims, WA's share of the GST fell to 32 cents in the dollar, WA's cost of living went through the roof, electricity prices increased by 100%, WaterCorp overcharged every business and every household by $1 billion to make a profit for the State Government, while other state governments balanced their budgets using our share of the GST.

WA now knows after pressure from the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY at the ballot box, we can have a 70 cent floor on the GST without agreement from the other states.

With the help of every Western Australian voter in this election, the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY will expose that other states receive a per capita share of the GST and so should WA to stop the rising cost of living in WA.

We will also expose:

  • The other states balance their budget using our GST, while WA households are forced to pay more for essential services
  • The transfer of Commonwealth jobs in Defence, BOM, public service and the ABC to the eastern states.
  • Fringe Benefits Tax is killing off our regional towns
  • WA is only state not to have a National Hub to provide a federal government service
  • Unsold WA produce is being ploughed back into the ground instead of receiving Federal funding to distribute food to remote communities
  • The lack of infrastructure has WA commuters pay the second highest public transport costs in Australia
  • The cost of airport security has caused airfares to be unaffordable in regional WA
  • There is no 000 emergency call centre in WA

and much more.

So please.... Do something different this election.  Use your double value vote to expose Canberra's discrimination against WA.  Vote 1 for the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY on the ballot paper and put your 2nd vote for the party you would like to see govern Australia in the best interests of WA.

Thank you for your support.

Julie Matheson, Party Leader and candidate for the Senate.

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  "Western Australian farmers continue to have an oversupply of produce that is being ploughed back into the ground instead of being distributed to the remote and rural communities," says Peter Swift, WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY candidate for the seat of O'Connor.

Swift says,"Limited access to fresh food is an ongoing problem facing remote communities, especially traditional food sources like Kangaroo ." 

These areas continue to suffer due to cycles of the mining 'boom and bust' and an overall unavailability of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Traditional food is a primary source of nutrition for Aboriginal people and there are little, or no kangaroos left after mining activities.

Lack of access to their primary food source can have heavy long-term consequences for their community.

Peter says; “Being a farmer in the region, I have seen the impact that poor food supply management has had on our remote communities. The continued neglect is unfair! A proper process needs to be put into place.”

Autonomy over their food supply is an imperative part of preserving and respecting Aboriginal culture and community.

Alleviating the gap through education and thorough food supply management are the crucial next steps for improved development of Western Australia.

 “We need to introduce better initiatives like fruit, vegetable and meat delivery programs that are regularly sent to our communities. Our top priority should be to improve access to nutritional food supply.”

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY calls for changes to food supply access to remote communities in WA.

 

Peter Swift

Candidate for the seat of O’Connor

 WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY

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Andrew Mangano is a proud Western Australian and the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY candidate for Curtin. Through his experiences as a local community member, he deeply understands the concerns of his area and believes WA requires adequate representation in Australian parliament.  

Professionally, Andrew graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1985 and has been an Engineer ever since. Andrew’s political career began in October 2017 when he was elected as Councillor for the City of Nedlands. Being a Dalkeith resident since 1995, he has been an active part of the community; he is a foundation member and current president of the Friends of Point Resolution.

Andrew is standing for this election as he would like to advocate for GST fairness and the unfair reduction of Commonwealth Public Service jobs in WA as a result of centralisation to the Eastern states. He is passionate about efficient maintenance and improvement of local infrastructure.

Andrew feels the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY strongly aligns with his values for WA and the need for recognition in Federal parliament. Andrew believes that through his voice and the voice of the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY, he can make imperative change to the seat of Curtin.

 

Seat of Curtin

Curtin covers 98 sq km area an area west of Perth, bordered by the Indian Ocean in the west and the Swan River in the south. The suburbs include Churchlands, City Beach, Claremont, Cottesloe, Crawley, Daglish, Dalkeith, Doubleview, Floreat, Glendalough, Herdsman, Innaloo, Jolimont, Karrakatta, Karrinyup (part), Mount Claremont, Mosman Park, Osborne Park (part), Nedlands, Peppermint Grove, Scarborough (part), Shenton Park, Swanbourne, Subiaco, West Leederville, Wembley, Wembley Downs and Woodlands.

 

The Bureau of Meteorology, like many Commonwealth agencies, is pursuing an agenda to centralise its staff to the eastern states.

 

While this may appear more efficient, there is a strong likelihood the accuracy of forecasting will diminish, as local knowledge disappears.

 

In particular, staff in rural and remote areas who man weather stations will disappear, resulting in inaccurate forecasting.

 

The loss of 30-40 skilled jobs in Western Australia will also have some impact on our economy, both in Perth and across WA.

 

Most other agencies, including the ABC media, Defence, Centrelink, and the public service generally, have only a very small fraction of their staff employed in Western Australia.

The only party willing to do something about the loss of Commonwealth jobs in Western Australia is the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY.

 

The Western Australia Party opposes the centralisation of BoM and all Commonwealth jobs to the eastern states.

 

The only satisfactory result for Western Australia is 11% per capita share of Commonwealth jobs in Western Australia!

 

Contact:  Julie Matheson, lead Senate Candidate

 

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Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter’s tabling of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Final Report is no more than a cynical attempt to stave off a Royal Commission into the Family Law Industry. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY candidate for the seat of Pearce, Michael Calautti says, “the 583-page review fails to mention the victims of Family law – other than a cursory mention about suicide”.

 “We simply should not accept the report!” says Calautti

 The Review team, stacked with a list of over three pages of Family Law and associated professionals, failed to see any relevance in the human train-wreck of casualties of the Australian Family Law system.

 The  human misery does not just extend to deaths; it is the enormous sadness caused by over 300,000 children who are totally cut off from a parent after separation.  It affects the children, siblings, mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and other extended family and friends. 

The fact that the Review has shown such a callous disregard for human life affirms that in the main the Panel had no training in Psychology or Child Welfare and ought to be removed from any decision-making capacity.

Calautti says, “In 2016 the Family Court CEO Richard Foster advised the Senate that he had ‘no idea’ and the Court would probably never know the effects of the Court on children, despite the claim that it acts in the Best interests of Children.”

If the  Attorney and Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus cared, the Government should commission research to determine whether the Industry produced outcomes consistent with community expectations. No such study was ever commissioned.

Every year about 48,000 families separate, most needing two homes to maintain the children’s relationships with their parents. But the Industry simply guarantees a lucrative revenue stream for itself, from parents trapped in the irresolvable arguments it creates. Though undoubtedly in the billions, the true amount extorted by the Family Court Industry from Aussie parents remains a carefully guarded secret.

 

Why do Porter and Dreyfus continue to defend and endorse a system that strips families of their assets to resolve the legal ambiguities they’ve written into law?  

 

A Royal Commission is urgently needed into the Family Court.

 

News Release 2019 -04-27 

 

Michael Calautti,

WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY

Candidate for the seat of Pearce

 

Michael is a proud Western Australian father of four and grandfather of one. Professionally, Michael operated his own business as an Electrical Contractor and for the past 16 years has worked in the Mining Construction Sector as a FIFO Electrical Superintendent.

Michael is standing for the seat of Pearce to highlight the lack of action on Family Law Reform by the current Attorney General, Christian Porter, and the general failure of successive governments to address the biggest issue destroying tens of thousands of families every year. That issue is the Family Law and Court system which has devastated parents and children since its inception in 1975.

Michael is calling for a Royal Commission to be held immediately after the Attorney General's 583-page review failed to mention the victims of Family Law - other than a cursory mention about suicide.  The focus of the Royal Commission should be on children and their guaranteed rights to be raised by both loving parents. Their parents should not be forced to fund expensive legal action to simply move on and should be able to afford to provide their children with two homes to enjoy those relationships.

Michael stands with the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY as he believes there is urgent need for Canberra to recognise and address the needs of Western Australia. He is tired of our state being taken granted and wishes to advocate GST fairness. He states that the revenue discrimination is at the heart of several WA concerns and wishes to make an impactful change through his voice with the Party.

 

 Seat of Pearce

Pearce covers 13,250 sq km area and contains all of the Shires of Beverly, Chittering, Gingin, Northam, Toodyay and York and parts of the Cities of Swan and Wanneroo. The Division includes the suburbs of Aveley, Banksia Grove, Baskerville, Brabham, Brigadoon, Bullsbrook, Carramar, Clarkson, Dayton, Ellenbrook, Henley Brook, Herne Hill, Lexia, Mariginiup, Melaleuca, Middle Swan (part), Mindarie, Morangup, Neerabup, Red Hill (part), Tamala Park, West Swan and Wundowie.

Baby boomers with their life savings in Australia shares won't be the only investors worse off under Labor's policy to abolish the franking credit refund policy, so will young people especially FIFO workers who lose their jobs and don't qualify for Newstart.

Many young people take advice and save money in shares, especially WA FIFO workers.  Investing in Australian shares is a favourite because shares pay an income twice a year and can be reinvested to purchase more shares. 

Under Labor's proposal, a FIFO worker can claim back the franking credit refund, but not if they are unemployed and have no taxable income.  For an unemployed worker with savings in shares it's a double dose of unfairness.  No support income because they don't qualify for Newstart due to savings in shares, and no franking credit refund because they don't pay tax when unemployed.

Baby boomers on the other hand will be looking to financial planners to arrange their investments so they can qualify for at least $1 of Age Pension and be eligible to claim franking credit refunds as well.  If Labor wins, Baby boomers will be better off with advice from a good financial planner but young people will be disadvantaged because of the "ageist superannuation system" that exists in Australia.

To assume that tax paid by companies is refunded as franking credits is a misleading understanding of the franking credit system. When a company makes a profit, it's taxed at a flat rate of 30% and paid to the ATO.  A company can choose to pay a dividend or not to its shareholders in any year.  Not all profits are paid to shareholders.

Australian companies like A2 Milk (A2M.asx), Bellamy Aust (BAL.asx) and Bingo Ind (BIN.asx) make millions of dollars in profits, pay tax, but don't pay a dividend.

It's a matter of fairness to investors.  Why should one type of investor receive income from their investment untaxed and another investor taxed at source?

Consider these three options for a FIFO worker with $100,000 savings to invest:

1.    Term deposit pays interest $2,000 each year. The interest is not taxed at source by the bank with a tax file number provided.

2.    Rental Property in a regional town pays rent $2,000 each year. The rent is not taxed at source.

3.    Wesfarmers/CBA/RIO declares a dividend of $2,000. All companies deduct 30% tax at source of $600 and pays $1,400.  The unemployed FIFO worker is worse off by $600.

Where's the fairness in taxation for these three investment examples.  Why should one investment be taxed at source and others are not?  These are the issues that need addressing, not favouring one type of investor over another.

The local economy will be worse off because stay at home Mum and Dad shareholders will have less money to spend when their Franking Credit refunds are abolished.  Most investors received their refunds in December each year, ready to spend at Christmas time.

Abolishing Franking Credit refunds will disadvantage investors without recognising the risks of not receiving a dividend or losing money on the stock market or in a private company.  More Australian companies will fall into the hands of foreign ownership without local support.

This policy to abolish Franking Credit refunds to some shareholders and not others is flawed and detrimental to Australian small business, investors and to the local economy.

Julie Matheson, BA (UWA), Dip FP (Deakin), CFP (FPA)

Senate Candidate and Convenor for the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY

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Born in Mount Lawley, Jane Boxall has lived in Western Australia all her life. She is passionately loyal to this state. In her career as a school teacher she has taught in regional  areas and in the city and understands the need to support the diversity and isolation of Australia’s largest state.

She has brought up four children and understands the things that are important to young people; good educational and job opportunities, a chance to rent or buy a home at a fair price and the need for clean air and environmental  protection for a healthy lifestyle.

She has been involved with the family court system and recognizes that urgent reforms are needed to support and understand the unique difficulties of mothers, fathers and children through this process.

While a true-blue Australian, Jane  also sees  that Western Australia is the economic powerhouse of the nation. It is therefore entitled  to receive  appropriate returns for its contribution.  With 11% of the nation’s population WA should receive 11% of the GST purse.

  Jane will always support policies that are best for Western Australia.

 

 

Seat of Perth:

Perth covers 80 sq km area and is by the Swan River to the south and east, the Mitchell Freeway and Kings Park to the west and the Cities of Vincent and Bassendean, the suburbs of Coolbinia (part), Menora, Inglewood (part), Bedford, Morley(part) and Noranda to the north. Suburbs include Ashfield, Bassendean, Bayswater, Bedford, Coolbinia (part), Dianella (part), East Perth, Eden Hill, Embleton, Highgate, Inglewood, Kings Park, Leederville, Maylands, Menora, Morley (part), Mount Hawthorn, Mount Lawley, Noranda, Northbridge, North Perth, Perth and West Perth.

As Chief Rabbi of the Perth Hebrew Congregation for 30 years, David has been involved in interacting with people of all faiths and backgrounds in Western Australia in a social, pastoral and charitable context.  This experience has led to his intention to enter Federal politics, to draw on his wide professional experience, and make meaningful change in the Australian parliament.

As an elected Senator, David pledges to donate his salary and distribute this to the homeless of Western Australia and to women seeking refuge from domestic violence. David has a deep social conscience and is a firm believer that hard work and effort should be rewarded; but these rewards cannot be enjoyed while there are those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable in our society.

David's politics are neither left nor right but centre on a deep social conscious based on policies that serve the best interests of Western Australia.

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY is dedicated to safeguarding the economic wellbeing and WA and its citizens.  This includes the protection and support small business, and the Party's special interest in preserving the uniqueness of Western Australian fauna and flora.  These policies, amongst other have attracted David to the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY.  The convenor of the Party, Julie Matheson, whose name is first on the Senate ticket is particularly impressive because of her dedication and commitment to Western Australia and the Party.

Janetia Knapp is an aboriginal elder of the Noongar community in Fremantle. Western Australia is deeply embedded in her identity and is the fuel that drives her passion. Through her experiences as an indigenous woman and her engagement with the community, she has deeply understood the gap that exists within the people of WA.

Professionally, Janetia is a school teacher in cultural teachings and is the resident artist at Notre Dame University. She believes that the youth of our community truly are the future of our country.

Janetia believes that an authentic and genuine collaboration is imperative for a healthy society. She wishes to encourage a celebration of all the diverse cultures that exist in WA. Being an active member of Fremantle, she will voice the concerns of the community and stand up for fair representation. Janetia stood for the seat of Fremantle in 2017 as a proud member of the Western Australia Party. Janetia is again putting herself forward because she is passionate about having the Fremantle community heard in Canberra.

 

Seat of Fremantle

Fremantle covers 196 sq km area from the Cities of Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville (part) and the town of East Fremantle. It is situated south west of Perth and includes Rottnest Island. The suburbs include Atwell, Aubin Grove, Banjup, Beaconsfield, Beeliar, Bibra Lake, Coolbellup, Coogee, Cockburn Central, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Hamilton Hill, Hammond Park, Henderson, Hilton, Jandakot, Kardinya (part), Leeming (part), Munster, North Coogee, North Fremantle, North Lake, O'Connor, Palmyra, Samson, South Fremantle, South Lake, Spearwood, Success, Wattleup, White Gum Valley and Yangebup.

 

Elizabeth Re is a proud Western Australian who was born in Mount Lawley, lived in Nollamara and later Woodlands. She attended Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Yokine before completing her Bachelor of Science at Curtin University and a Graduate Diploma of Education at Murdoch University. Elizabeth grew up in the world of Local Government, with her father Julius Re being a Councillor at the City of Perth and founding the Soccer Federation of Australia.

Elizabeth Re is a proud Western Australian who was born in Mount Lawley, lived in Nollamara and later Woodlands. She attended Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Yokine before completing her Bachelor of Science at Curtin University and a Graduate Diploma of Education at Murdoch University. Elizabeth grew up in the world of Local Government, with her father Julius Re being a Councillor at the City of Perth and founding the Soccer Federation of Australia.

 Professionally, Elizabeth works as a private consultant in the field of sustainability and environmental health and has worked as a teacher, auditor, health and building inspector and in project management. Her ability to lead was seen when she lectured on Sustainability, Climate Change and Waste Management at the tertiary level and has presented papers at both international and state conferences on topics such as Sustainability and Public Health issues.

Since 2005, Elizabeth has been elected as a Councillor for The City of Stirling, making her the seventh female Councillor elected onto the City of Stirling in its history. Her commitment, at the grassroots level, has seen her successfully elected over the last 14 years, which she takes pride in.

Elizabeth has been a nominee for Australian of the Year, Western Australian Citizen of the Year, and the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year. From an early age, she was taught the value of citizenship and making a difference to improve our community. In 2010, she was elected as one of the Australian ambassadors for Women in Local Government. She is dedicated to using her passionate voice and spending time volunteering.

Through her years of education, professional experience and her involvement in the community, Elizabeth has been exposed to a variety of concerns that Stirling residents face on a daily basis. She is very familiar with local issues and is not afraid to voice her concerns on behalf of her community. Elizabeth advocates for GST fairness, reducing the fuel tax to increase disposable income, improved public transport infrastructure, funding for local clubs especially women’s change rooms to encourage an active, safe and clean environment. Known for her vocal approach, she has never shied away from the real issues that affect our people. With her stellar track record for standing up for community issues, she believes Stirling residents need a cultural change to address their current needs and improve their lifestyle choices for their future wellbeing.

  

Seat of Stirling

Stirling covers 74 sq km area from City of Stirling and a small portion of the City of Bayswater. Suburbs include Balcatta, Balga, Carine, Dianella (part), Gwelup, Hamersley, Joondanna, Karrinyup (part), Mirrabooka, Morley (part), Nollamara, North Beach, Osborne park (part), Scarborough (part), Stirling, Trigg, Tuart Hill, Watermans Bay, Westminster and Yokine.

 

Peter Swift is a passionate local farmer and contractor in the seat of O’Connor. After spending several of his formative years becoming engaged in his local community, Peter formed Swift Air, a commercial airline that focuses on scenic tours of our grand North West.  

Twelve years ago, Peter fulfilled his dream and purchased his own farm in the Shire of Cranbrook. This exciting time quickly turned as this began Peter’s long uphill battle, often the plight many farmers face. After consistent efforts to fight for property rights and his land, Peter felt unheard and unfairly treated by his local representative of parliament.  

This sparked Peter’s new life mission to raise awareness of the impact government actions were having on local constituents. He knew he had a civic and moral responsibility to turn his experience into an advocating voice for so many in his area and beyond. Peter now campaigns for property and land rights and its imperative existence in a democratic society. 

Peter’s career also saw him working in the Fitzroy Valley region of WA where he started the Peter Swift Gift Foundation. This initiative was founded to help underprivileged Aboriginal children; Peter often champions the importance of giving back to the community. Politically, Peter has held the position of Councillor for the Shire of Waroona and has been heavily involved in local activities, events and clubs.  

Peter is passionate about advocating proper compensation for land use changes to WA farming areas. He believes that his community deserve representation through a genuine voice. Peter’s personal experience paired with his extensive knowledge in the industry of farming and community engagement have equipped him to adequately stand for the interests of O’Connor. 

 

Seat of O’Connor: 

O’Connor covers 868,576 sq km area from the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku in the north to the Shire of Dundas in the south following the coast west to Manjimup. The Division includes the Cities of Albany and Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and the Shires of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Brookton, Collie, Coolgardie, Corrigin, Denmark, Dundas, Esperance, Kondinin, Laverton, Manjimup, Ngaanyatjarraku, Wandering and Williams.

Telstra announces 45 jobs for Adelaide 000 call centre

It is a little known fact that all 000 calls made in Australia are initially answered in two Telstra call centres, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne.

In December last year Telstra announced it would open a third call centre, in Adelaide, creating 45 jobs while WA members of parliament stood idly by and watched it happen.

Having 000 call centres in the eastern states creates a particular vulnerability to Western Australian electors.

Julie Matheson, spokesperson for the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY says "If there is a major failure in any of the Telstra optical fibre cables that link Perth to Adelaide, or the major exchanges at either end, then 000 calls may not be answered. It also adds delay in call processing due to routing the call to these eastern states call centres and then redirecting the call back to WA after answering.

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY is perplexed why a 000 call centre cannot be located in Western Australia, to reduce the likelihood of 000 call failure.  Matheson says "We believe our State Government emergency services are more suitable to dealing with 000 calls than Telstra, a private company that does not add value to the call except waste valuable time to reroute the call back to WA emergency services such as Police, Fire and Rescue and St John’s Ambulance".

It's time to put WA interests first, instead of more jobs in the East!

Media contact:  Julie Matheson on 0409 294 495

Gary Mounsey was born and raised in Western Australia and has been a resident of Exmouth for more than eight years, with his wife and two children. After finishing school at Warnbro Community High School, Gary spent a majority of his working life travelling around regional WA where he was exposed to a variety of local concerns and was placed in challenging leadership positions. After making the move to Exmouth, Gary has taken his business, Exmouth Bus Charter ,from the dark ages and upgraded the whole fleet to become a reputable local company with his wife Mesha.

In 2017, Gary decided to ignite a career in politics where he ran for council. He was elected as Deputy Shire President for the Exmouth Shire. Being a resident and representative of North West Regional WA, Gary is incredibly passionate about standing up for absolute fairness for regional WA.

Gary is not only the candidate for Durack, but is a local resident and business owner who understands the plight of this community. He strongly believes that Durack needs proper infrastructure funding, lower priced regional airfares, tax relief for the regions, and an improved tourism and agricultural plan. Gary intends to challenge any law that puts a burden on Durack tax payers, and would like to see Commonwealth jobs in Defence, the ABC, Meteorology, and the public service returned to WA.

Gary believes through confident leadership, powerful decision making and his aptitude for adaptability, he can truly address the increasing neglect of Durack and beyond. He says that his community deserves a voice in Parliament and will be powerfully advocating for the concerns of Durack.  

  

Seat of Durack:

Durack covers 1,629,858 sq km area from Kununurra in the north to Quairading in the south and includes coastal islands. The division includes the Cities of Greater Geraldton and Karratha and the Shires of Broome, Carnarvon, Cunderdin, Dandaragan, Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara, Exmouth, Goomalling, Narembeen, Perenjori, Port Hedland, Quairading, Sandstone, Shark Bay, Victoria Plains, Wiluna and Yilgarn.  

 

Time to align state vehicle modification legislation:

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY supports new legislation for the alignment of vehicle modification legislation across Australia and congratulates the Four Wheel Drive associations for their "time to align" campaign in all states and territories.

With the sad and irresponsible demise of the Australian car manufacturing industry, it is important that Australia maintains an after-market car industry to support innovation and maintain expertise in vehicle technologies.

The standardisation or alignment of vehicle modification legislation across all states will facilitate the growth of the after-market car industry across Australia and allow modified vehicles to be registered in any state without further inspections or costs.

For more information, Click here>>>

 

 

GST Breaking News:

The Federal Government has passed a “GST floor of 75 cents” for Western Australia.

WA was already on it’s way to 75 cents without this legislation. What it means is the GST system is still broken.

GST revenue is being replaced with national debt to top up states who used WA’s GST to fund their balance sheets.

WA and NSW are the only states still not to receive a per capita (11%) share of the GST.

The major parties and the media would like you to think that the GST fix of 70c (rising to 75c in 8 years time) in the $ minimum per capita distribution to Western Australia is a good outcome.

Firstly, Western Australia GST share was already trending towards 70c in the $ per capita share due to falling state revenues from royalties, stamp duty, and payroll tax.

Secondly, the 70c floor does not take into account the huge amount of GST revenue that Western Australia has lost in the past 18 years.

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY‘s campaign to fix the GST is a per capita share of GST revenue collected by Canberra and paid to the states and territories – no strings attached.

PER CAPITA SHARE

Six states and territories receive more GST than their per capita share as this graph from CGC shows. WA (-5.7%) and NSW (-4.6%) are the only states that receive less.

A per capita share GST formula is easy to understand, stops Australia from being a welfare nation on the back of GST handouts, and the negative effect of pokies used to exploit gamblers and their addictions as revenue windfalls for all states except WA.

GST per capita share 2018:

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY says NO to the proposed closure or privatisation of six WA Camp Schools in:

  • Point Peron,
  • Goldfields,
  • Bridgetown,
  • Pemberton,
  • Geraldton,
  • Goldfields, and
  • the Pilbara.

If the Liberal Party were really serious about fixing the GST for WA, they would have voted YES to include gambling revenue in the GST formula at the 2018 Liberal Party Federal Conference.  Instead they voted NO.

It is a little known fact that each state’s gambling revenues is not considered when the Commonwealth Grants Commission decides how much GST revenue each state should receive.

Our Party seeks the truth about the GST.

The truth is no politician can explain the GST welfare system, and none of them want to change it!

The states must agree to change the GST.  FALSE!

Changing the GST welfare system simply requires a simple majority vote of both houses of Federal Parliament to do this.  It DOES NOT require states and territories to agree to it. Ref ABC Fact Check, 15 June 2016.  Holding the balance of power will ensure WA receives back the GST it raises.

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