MEDIA RELEASE: Independent no more as Smith joins the Western Australia Party

East Metropolitan Region MP Charles Smith announced today his decision to surrender his independent status to join 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 who look to secure further crossbench seats in both the Legislative Assembly and Council.

The party’s election platform will include holding major parties to account on jobs, wages and law and order.

“The Western Australian Party is a natural home for me as they are focused on putting Western Australian citizens first.

MEDIA RELEASE: Pro CCP groups collude to cry racism halting China critique

Eastern Metropolitan MP Charles Smith referred to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan Virus” in Parliament last week, and has
since been slammed by pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) groups who say the reference was racist.
Mr Smith attributed the geographical origin of the virus during a response to a Local Government COVID-19 Bill
Amendment and was interrupted by Education Minister Sue Ellery who insisted the reference was merely Mr Smith’s
opinion.

MEDIA RELEASE: Smith says support for jobless should be at China’s cost

East Metropolitan MP Charles Smith has urged the Federal government to consider forcing China to fund the thousands of jobless Australians as a result of the coronavirus via a temporary Universal Basic Income (UBI).

Mr Smith said the measure would allow people to stay home during this critical time and ease pressure off Centrelink where the virus is likely to spread as people queue to access New Start allowance.

A temporary UBI would also relieve the feeling of shame surrounding the current air of high unemployment.

MEDIA RELEASE: Use MP allowances to help the needy

Member for East Metropolitan Region Charles Smith said today that rules concerning MP electoral allowance use be relaxed to aid the needy during the coronavirus outbreak.

MP allowances currently allow for certain awards and expenditures, however Mr Smith believes the rules should now allow MPs to use their allowances for emergency relief.

“Some state governments have declared a state of emergency over Covid-19, and the Federal Government has commenced a stimulus package.

“The economic effects of the virus are not insignificant,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith noted the upsurge of the recent panic buying in grocery stores.

“Unfortunately, these notices have increased panic buying leading to unnecessary shortages of some foods and other essentials and I think that as members of Parliament, it is our duty to assist our constituents where possible.

MEDIA RELEASE: Smith’s motion says Huawei contract is a security threat

Today in Parliament Eastern Metropolitan MP Charles Smith introduced a motion highlighting security concerns the state faces by granting a $206 million telecommunications contract to Huawei for Perth’s railway network.

Mr Smith spoke about the Chinese company’s espionage history and security breaches globally that have caused several countries to ban Huawei due to spying and racketeering concerns.