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Environmental protection and transport clarity

This long-awaited move will help secure the environmental protection of a rare and precious wetland. It also underpins the clarity and commitment the WA government has shown to a range of sensible and necessary transport projects in the Fremantle electorate, including the widening of the freeway, the construction of the North Lake Road bridge, the […]

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New Freo bridge would transform transport and community links

There is no shortage of infrastructure needs in WA as the state emerges from a period of recession seeking to strengthen and diversify our economy.  For example, there is a well-established need for a new rail and road bridge across the Swan River in Fremantle.  This was identified by the previous Carpenter/Gallop government, which made […]

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Stronger Communities funding: call for EOIs

Matched funding of between $2,500 and $20,000 may be sought on a dollar-for-dollar basis for eligible small capital works that are aimed at increasing community participation. Grant funding must amount to 50 per cent or less of the project’s value, but the community group contribution can be ‘in kind’.  “Three previous rounds of this grant […]

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Wilson swings in

As reported in the Fremantle Herald on 3 August 2018. IT was such an insipid by-election you could almost be forgiven for missing it, but Josh Wilson was re-elected as the federal member for Fremantle last Saturday. Election analysts noted Fremantle’s voter turnout was the lowest since Federation. At final count Mr Wilson had 67.2 […]

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High Court decision

It continues to be the basis of the Australian Electoral Commission’s advice to candidates (in the current Candidate’s Handbook), and was the guidance I followed when I nominated in 2016.  The new interpretation of the law means the question of whether a person took all ‘reasonable steps’ to renounce foreign citizenship simply doesn’t exist for […]

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Liberals all talk and no action on Henderson investment

On the eve of the state election in February 2017 the Prime Minister told Western Australians that:   “We’re backing them. We’re putting in here $100 million over the next few years to get ready for the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV).” Malcolm TurnbullHenderson, 20 February 2017 But with the multibillion-dollar OPV build less than two years away […]

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More dregs for WA as we drift towards NBN backwater

WA has already been lumped with by far the largest share of the worst NBN line technology, fibre-to-the-node (FTTN). Senate Estimates revealed in February that WA is getting far and away the highest proportion of FTTN, the worst line broadband technology. WA will see 61% of its network in the form of FTTN, compared to […]

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‘They lied to us’: Live export trade is broken

here is no doubt the current trade and regulatory system, the exporters and the Australian Livestock Exporter Council (ALEC) have been joined together in overseeing a gross and immoral failure. It is a system incapable of identifying the most obvious and gross mistreatment of animals, let alone doing anything about it. It is a system […]

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Liberal’s marine vandalism opens the gate to supertrawlers

While the most extensive damage is being done in the critical waters of the Coral Sea, proper protection is being removed for three deep-water sanctuaries in Western Australia: the Gascoyne’s Deepwater Sanctuary is the lifeblood of Ningaloo Reef; the Argo Rowley Deep sanctuary is a crucial feeding and breeding ground for Kimberley marine life; and […]

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Regional Australians urged to have their say on NBN

With only a week to go before submissions close, Regional Australians should take the opportunity to raise their concerns in a short submission to the Committee. Regional Australia has been left to bear the brunt of Malcolm Turnbull’s poor technology choices – switching from fibre to copper – and the Turnbull Government’s refusal to adequately […]

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