Economic Mismanagement Forces Citizens onto Struggle Street

Across Western Australia many people are experiencing genuine economic hardship.
Since 2014-15, the WA economy has fallen off a cliff with the end of the mining boom. As a result, WA has been left with a swathe of underemployment, record high rates of youth underutilisation and anaemic wage growth.
According to State Final Demand (domestic economic income excluding trade), the WA economy has shrunk in the past 5 out of 6 financial years or 15.4% since its peak in 2012-13.

WA Labor Abandons Local Workers

The McGowan Labor Government came to power promising to prioritise local workers for local jobs. Yet this has proven to be spin. Now the government has completed a total backflip by asking for Perth to be re-classified as ‘regional Australia’ so that foreign workers and students with working rights can Read more…

Kalamunda Zig-Zag

Last night I addressed the Parliament regarding the proposed Zig-Zag rail development for Kalamunda to open up a much needed tourist attraction and jobs initiative for the area. Below is my statement: HON CHARLES SMITH (East Metropolitan) [10.03 pm]: I have the tourism project Hon Robin Scott is looking for. Read more…

Zig-Zag Railway

Today I met with retired engineers John Edmunds and Peter Bolden to discuss the reinvigoration of the old Zig Zag Railway in Kalamunda. There’s a massive economic opportunity to turn the old railway into a thriving tourist precinct, with benefits extending to local businesses. The project is a win win Read more…