Labor’s Amnesty for Illegal Workers

I refer to the minister calling for an amnesty on illegal workers as reported on the ABC on 2 October 2020 in an
article entitled “WA Agriculture Minister calls for national illegal worker amnesty to ease farm labour shortage”.

(1) Does the minister concede that she is rewarding criminal behaviour?
(2) Why is she prioritising illegal workers over Western Australian citizens?
(3) Does the minister concede that there is no such thing as a shortage of labour; there is only a shortage of
labour at the price or wages that firms are generally willing to pay?
(4) Does the minister concede that if farms lifted wages and provided training, the so-called shortage of fruit
pickers and other workers would vanish?

Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2020

I rise to speak this evening on the Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2020, and I indicate that the Western Australia Party will not support it in its current form. The aim of the bill is allegedly to improve the planning approval processes in Western Australia by getting better outcomes for the community, cutting red tape and simplifying the planning rules by making them more consistent. In reality, I think all of us here know that this bill will hand Perth over to developers.