Shorten Reveals New Initiatives in “Vision” For WA

Bill Shorten has claimed federal Labor has a vision for WA, announcing initiatives as part of its plan to ensure the state gets its fair share.

Speaking following a joint meeting between the State and shadow cabinets in WA on Wednesday, the federal opposition leader promised more cooperation between the state and his government if elected, to secure the future of WA.

Me Shorten revealed a $46 million mining research centre would be built in Perth, with the cost to be split between federal Labor, the State Government and other parties.

The Australian Future Mines Centre would enable the CSIRO, Australian Academy of Sciences, universities and industry map Australia’s resources.

Mr Shorten said WA was a “mining colossus” contributing a large percentage of resources to the nation.

“Over 11 per cent of the Australian population, Western Australia contributes over 40 per cent of our exports,” he said

“Mining and oil and gas are at the centre of this.”

He said with two thirds of the nation’s resources stocks were not known, but they could be discovered.

“We can actually find out what our future is in terms of resources in this country,” Mr Shorten said.

He also pledged to create ages care and disability education centres at TAFE campuses.

The centres would be based at Joondalup, Rockingham and Mount Lawley at a cost of $4.85 million.

“The experts say in the three years, four years, we’re going to need an extra 10,000 people for the positions created by the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and better supper for Australians as they get older,” Mr Shorten said.

“I want to see Western Australians fill these positions.”

He said his federal government would also  increase their commitment to indigenous Australians, doubling their effort towards indigenous programs leading to hundreds of new positions for indigenous Australians with many in regional areas.

Mr Shorten also promised to improve safety for women including through its $88 million program for new refuges, 10-day paid domestic violence leave and support packages.

Mr MGowan said federal Labor had shown “real interest in our state through fixing the GST and infrastructure.

He said he wanted to see it continue.

“This is what we’ve been looking for,” Mr McGowan said.

“It was very good to allow my team to brief the federal team on state government policies and also indicate that we want to work constructively with the Shorten Labor government.”

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