Central Wheatbelt: John Watters

28 Feb, 2013 01:00 AM
WA Labor candidate for Central Wheatbelt, John Watters.
WA Labor candidate for Central Wheatbelt, John Watters.

WA Labor candidate for Central Wheatbelt,


p The simple fact is if you want to see Tier 3 remain open, and keep grain on rail - then vote Labor. WA Labor has committed $30 million from Royalties for Regions to ensure the future of the Tier 3 rail network. Both the National and Liberal parties formal position on the Tier 3 is the line will close in October 2013.

p As an immediate measure, WA Labor is in the process of canvassing the Federal Treasure on a radical plan to assist farmers.

Under the plan, farmers could utilise accumulated tax losses as transferable tax credits and use the credits in dealings with their banks.

Essentially the concept will see farmers able to trade tax losses for cash.

WA Labor is also committed to working with the agricultural industry to explore a viable Crop Mitigation Insurance model.

p WA Labor will conduct an urgent review into the Year 7 Transition in rural areas, focusing on resource requirements and exemptions to this program.

WA Labor is committed to providing a quality education to WA children, regardless of where they live.

The aspiration and ability to attend university should not depend on a child's postcode.

We are also concerned that there is an under-representation of regional students going to university and want to remove the barriers to regional children pursuing higher education options. The Barnett Government has made it harder for Year 11 and 12 students to study locally by cutting the senior school funding to District High Schools, which enabled them to run Year 11 and 12 courses and imposing charges to schools of around $1000 per subject for students to study through SIDE.

WA Labor's priority is to help country kids pursue university education. That's why we will give extra support to high schools in key regional centres to give country students the best possible chance of pursuing the career path they desire.

The unprecedented investment in regional areas through Royalties for Regions provides a unique opportunity to ensure that on government contracts of a certain size that local workers have access to apprenticeships and/or traineeships.

This helps build up the State's pool of skilled labour and ensures that these workers are job ready to take advantage of other opportunities in the future.

This policy has been in place since 2007 however, the Barnett/Grylls Government has failed to apply it to RFR building projects.



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