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COVID-19 Economic information & assistance for business

BUSINESS SUPPORT CONTACTS The WA COVID-19 hotline is open 7am to 7pm on 132 68 43. For information for business, industry and family support packages, press 8. The Small Business Development Corporation has created a COVID-19 assistance centre to provide dedicated, timely guidance on available support options, including: – information on available stimulus packages and […]

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Local workers fall through cracks in Morrison’s support plan

The acute social and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are being felt across the community. Local governments are working to reduce fees, rents, and parking charges to assist households and businesses through this difficult time, and they are delivering new support services for those struggling to deal with self-isolation, especially the elderly. But these […]

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Coronavirus information for the Fremantle electorate

In order to take care of ourselves and each other – especially the older members of our community – we all need to practice good hygiene and social distancing measures which include: covering our coughs and sneezes with our elbow or a tissue; no handshaking and other physical greetings; washing our hands often with soap […]

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Another missed opportunity, another empty package from the Government on waste

Since that time the government has received a report that indicates there will need to be a 400% increase in recycling infrastructure, and held a Plastic Waste Summit at which no clear policy or funding was announced. The ‘response strategy’ issued yesterday simply restates the details of the government’s $167M so-called Recycling Investment Package, of which $100M […]

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The NBN has left WA behind

But there is no doubt that WA got the worst allocation of the multi-technology mess. The dud technology within the NBN is the copper based fibre-to-the-node and WA has received the largest share of all the states. Nearly 60 per cent of our line broadband is delivered with copper. In Queensland, it is 39 per […]

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Morrison Government has gutted TAFE, apprenticeships

Mr Wilson (6:50pm) — I’m glad to speak about the importance of vocational training in Australia and about TAFE in particular. I have to say that the motion itself seems at odds with what’s actually going on in Australia. It seeks to superimpose a cheery picture over what in reality is a fairly bleak set of […]

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Aurora Australis a sensible buy for national emergency response

Mr Wilson (4:30pm) — It should be a no-brainer for a government that has otherwise ignored the serious decline in Australian shipping to look closely at the opportunity to secure the ongoing service of the Aurora Australis. As an island that is extraordinarily dependent on shipping capacity, it would be derelict to give up a ship […]

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Government’s plastics plan is shiny but flimsy

Since the May election the waste recovery and recycling industry has suffered further blows with the closure of facilities in NSW and Victoria, and the impact of fires on infrastructure in Victoria and WA. In what is becoming a pattern for this government, Scott Morrison’s earnest speech about the scourge of ocean plastic slid over […]

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Clean Up Australia Day

Today, I will be cleaning up at Bardon Park in Maylands on the Swan River foreshore. And while today and every day we can and should all play a part in reducing waste, the greatest scope for change is through national leadership – which is sadly missing from a Morrison Government that continues to offer […]

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Time for action not more rubbish talk

Mr Wilson (7:29pm) — Next week there will be the National Plastics Summit here in Parliament House. It was announced by the government on 30 December and, perhaps not surprisingly, didn’t catch a lot of attention at that time of the year. Any structured conversation on the question of plastic waste is welcome, but there’s a […]

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