ted Pr f oo 4 [ASSEMBLY — Tuesday, 14 May 2013] suggested that the reduction in the number of approvals has been a result of lack of government action or because of some government actions that have slowed down the process.
McGowan: You’re just the government. <004> A/1 Mr J.H.D.
DAY: For the benefit of the Leader of the Opposition, who has made similar comments in the past, and the member for West Swan and anybody else who might be interested, the reason is that there has been a reduced demand over the last four years from buyers of land, and normally when there is reduced demand, suppliers who have the ability to do so reduce their production.
They have also been operating in a situation of reduced availability of finance following the global financial crisis.
So it has been more difficult for development companies to obtain access to finance, and it has also been harder in some cases for potential buyers of lots to obtain finance.
So that is the reason there has been a reduced number of actual lots produced over the last four years or so. Un 106. (1) (2) <005> D/4 To be more precise, in 2006–07, there were 6 255 applications for final approval.
In 2011–12, the Planning Commission received 2 942 applications to create the lots that were created.
Approximately 42 000 lots were created in 2006–07 and about 28 000 lots were created in 2011–12.
The reduced number of applications reflects the reduced demand and the reduced production by development companies.
Nevertheless, the number of conditionally approved lots has remained fairly static.
In fact, at the end of the 2005–06 financial year, the total stock of conditionally approved lots—these are ones that will not in all cases be actually created, but it is an important indicator of land availability—was 62 605.
I am advised that over the last four years, there have been 72 000 lots with conditional approval—in other words, available for development.
I also advise that the performance of the Department of Planning in recent years has improved substantially.
In 2008– 09, only 56 per cent of subdivision applications were processed within the target period of 90 days.
This has now improved to 79 per cent in 2011–12, and 99 per cent of applications for final subdivision clearance were determined within the required 30 days.
So the performance and output of the Department of Planning has improved substantially over the last three years.
That also demonstrates that the comments of the member for West Swan are simply not borne out by the evidence. I also advise that the number of amendments to the Perth metropolitan and Peel region schemes that have been dealt with by the department, and therefore ultimately by me as Minister for Planning, has increased from 17 in 2007–08 to 34 in 2011–12.
In the Perth, Peel and Bunbury regions in 2010, 190 hectares of urban-zoned land was added; and in 2011, 400 hectares of land was added.
So there is a substantial amount of land available for residential development.
I hope that members now understand that the analysis presented by the member for West Swan is simply not accurate.
In relation to the Office of Land and Housing Supply and the statement that there are no staff in that office, that is not correct.
There are in fact two dedicated staff members on contract.
They have substantial experience and they are playing a very important role in providing information and also facilitating land development, particularly residential land development, in Western Australia.
As I said, there are two dedicated staff within that office, and they are working very effectively.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT — LIGHT RAIL Mr M.
McGOWAN to the Premier: I refer to the government’s election commitment that the MAX light rail would be a key part of the Liberal government’s public transport plan.
I refer also to the member for Morley’s commitment, which was distributed around his electorate, that “Light rail coming soon”, and, “Under a Barnett Liberal Government, construction of the MAX network will begin in 2016, with commuters able to use the new service by 2018.” Mr C.J.
BARNETT replied: (1)–(2) MAX light rail is a key project and it will take 25 000 to 30 000 people off the existing heavy rail and the freeway system.
It is also a complex project.
Several members interjected.
BARNETT: It is.
It is a new mode of transport.
The planning will have to be extensive and everything will have to be dealt with.
It will require land acquisitions.
Getting it through the inner suburbs is going to be difficult.
So, there is a lot of work to be done.
Several members interjected.
Uncorrected Proof — Not to be Quoted r co — 5 Mr C.J.
BARNETT: We made a commitment that it would begin in 2016; I expect that to be met.
But, as I have said on a number of occasions, the financial position for the state has changed.
Wyatt: Not in the last couple of months, it hasn’t.
BARNETT: It has; I assure the member it has changed.
In the lead-up to the budget, the Treasurer and I and other ministers will be scrutinising every item of recurrent expenditure and every item of capital expenditure, and we will do that to avoid a potential crisis, I guess, in our financial affairs in two or three years.
An opposition member interjected.
BARNETT: That is what government does, my friend.
What we have in this state, as the Treasurer has said — Several members interjected.
The SPEAKER: Right.
Premier, there were two parts to the question: whether construction would begin in 2016 and whether it would be in use by 2018.
I think you have answered most of it.
I do not know whether you want to say much more.
BARNETT: We are planning for construction to begin in 2016, Mr Speaker.
Several members interjected.
The SPEAKER: Members! Mr C.J.
BARNETT: What a rabble.
BARNETT: Too many fibs, my friend.
The SPEAKER: Member for Mandurah, I call you to order for the first time.
Premier, will you come to a conclusion on this question, please.
There are a number of factors.
We have just lost another $600 million in goods and services tax and that has meant the state is more heavily reliant on unstable income flows, particularly royalties, but also stamp duties and even payroll tax, yet our major expenditure in health and education just continues to grow in a predictable way.
This government will honour its election commitments, but we will also not place the finances of this state at risk, because to do so would place at risk education and health funding. Un 107. Mr M.
McGOWAN to the Premier: I have a supplementary question.
In confirming that the Premier’s government will honour its election commitments, as he just said, that means that the government will commence the project in 2016.
Will it still complete the project in 2018? Mr C.J.
BARNETT replied: I cannot predict how long it will take to build it; I will not.
Look at Labor’s effort on the Perth Arena; look at its effort there.
This government has an outstanding record in delivering major capital works.
Look at our hospitals; look at a whole range of projects around the state; look at royalties for regions.
No government in the last 30 years has delivered the capital works program of this government.
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY 108.
MORTON to the Minister for Housing: As someone with young children, I am always interested in measures that ensure equitable, affordable housing remains within the reach of the younger generations.
With this in mind — The SPEAKER: Sorry.
Now, member for Forrestfield, we do not want you to be asking or reading out a short story, so I will go on.
MORTON: Right—like the Leader of the Opposition.
The SPEAKER: Sit down, please.
Leader of the Opposition.
MORTON: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for your advice.
I will get to the question.
The SPEAKER: No.
You have had your chance.
Leader of the Opposition.
McGOWAN: Mr Speaker, you continue to grow in the job.
Uncorrected Proof — Not to be Quoted r co rec PUBLIC TRANSPORT — LIGHT RAIL ted Pr f oo 6 — I refer to the comments made by the Premier’s Treasurer last week that there is an underlying structural budget issue that has caused the Premier to break his election commitment on electricity prices and cause more pain to struggling Western Australian families. Un <006> M/2 (1) (2) 110. What structural issues have now arisen that were not present during the election campaign? Considering the Premier avoided being involved in announcements about budget cuts and cost-of-living increases, is he also avoiding handling bad-news issues? Mr C.J.
BARNETT replied: (1)–(2) What structural changes have occurred? Commodity prices—watch them; see them.
One only has to look in The Australian Financial Review every couple of days to see that they have tacked off.
That is a structural change. Mr B.S.
Wyatt: So you just assumed they were going to stay high when you made those changes! Mr C.J.
BARNETT: I do not know if members opposite know what structural balances mean, but if they want to understand what a structural balance change is, the decline in commodity prices for Western Australia is a structural change.
Wyatt: That was such a shock; oh, my God! Mr C.J.
BARNETT: The Leader of the Opposition has asked a question that suggests to me that he does not really understand what a structural balance is.commodity price decline is an example of a structural change.
Another structural change is a further decline in the goods and services tax share from 55 per cent to 45 per cent.
That is a structural change in our budget.
They are structural changes.
Several members interjected.
BARNETT: You are just so noisy! With respect to the assertion by the Leader of the Opposition that the Treasurer had made comments that I have broken an election promise, the Treasurer points out to me that he has never said that. Mr P.B.
Watson: Would you trust him? Mr C.J.
BARNETT: Yes, I do.
Have you got a quote? It does not matter; I will carry on.
You are clearly just making it up as you go.
With respect to electricity prices, I made the commitment during the election campaign that we would keep electricity price increases at or around the rate of inflation.
The rate of inflation is around three per cent.
The electricity price increase this year — Mr B.S.
Wyatt: It is 2.75 per cent; you keep rounding up! Mr C.J.
BARNETT: The underlying rate is around three per cent. Several members interjected.
BARNETT: It is! Mr B.S.
Wyatt: No wonder the finances are in such bad shape; you keep rounding up! The SPEAKER: Order! Member for Victoria Park, I call you to order for the first time.
Can you let the Premier answer the question so we can move on to the next one. Mr C.J.
BARNETT: That is the rate of inflation.
The Australian dollar has fallen, which will push up the inflation rate slightly.
That is not a bad estimate.
To increase it by four per cent, I think for the general public is in line with what I said during the campaign.
I think it is in line.
Bearing in mind that the Labor Party policy on electricity prices is 10 per cent plus 10 per cent plus 10 per cent for seven years, I think the public of Western Australia prefers our four per cent to its 10 per cent.
ELECTRICITY PRICES Mr M.
McGOWAN to the Premier: I have a supplementary question.
Is it now standard procedure for the Premier to make promises and then send the Treasurer out there to break them? Uncorrected Proof — Not to be Quoted — ted Pr f oo [ASSEMBLY — Tuesday, 14 May 2013] Mr C.J.
BARNETT replied: All I can say is what a silly question! Mr M.
McGowan: You disappeared for four days—Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Where were you? 7 Mr C.J.
BARNETT: Whatever the Leader of the Opposition might think or say about me, the one thing I do not do is dodge bad news! HOUSING AFFORDABILITY 111.
MORTON to the Minister for Housing: Un <007> C/K [See paper 307.] 112. … (1) (2) (3) (1) Mr Speaker, I still have a question for the Minister for Housing.
Can the minister please update the house on the state’s government affordable housing strategy and its approach to housing affordability? Mr W.R.
MARMION replied: I thank the member for Forrestfield for the very good question.
With about 1 500 people coming to Western Australia every week, it is no surprise that housing affordability is a major issue for this state.
The Liberal–National government has a plan to address this matter.
The plan is the “Affordable Housing Strategy 2010–2020”, released in 2010 by the member for Vasse when he was the Minister for Housing.
We are already well on the way to actually deliver 20 000 houses by the year 2020.
In fact, we are well on the way to delivering 7 600 already. I will outline some of this government’s achievements.
We have produced nearly 5 000 building lots, constructed over 3 400 new social houses and committed another $130 million in 2012–13 for a further 433 homes.
We have committed an additional $205 million over four years for housing support services for 450 people with high-support needs in our community.
We have also freed up or reallocated 1 554 public houses by assisting over-income tenants to find alternative accommodation.
Under the national rental affordability scheme, or NRAS, 724 dwellings have been completed, another 1 100 are under construction and we have committed funding for an additional 1 000.
By 2016, we will have committed to 6 000 NRAS houses.
We have also helped more than 2 890 households, which could not otherwise access finance, to own their own home through the Keystart home loan scheme.
Further, we have also helped 434 households with average family incomes of only $66 000 to buy their own home through our new SharedStart shared equity program.
We have also assisted 30 727 people through bond loans.
That is just a snapshot of what we have achieved to date.
I will table the full list, as time prohibits me from reading out the whole list.
Housing affordability is a challenge; this government is up to the challenge; and we have a plan, the affordable housing strategy, whereas members opposite only ever had a draft plan.
CROWN HOTEL, BURSWOOD — LAND SALE Ms R.
SAFFIOTI to the Premier: I refer to the sale of land to Crown Perth to develop a hotel and the Premier’s statement in Parliament on 9 August 2012 that it — has an entitlement to purchase an additional 10 hectares. Burswood has the right to acquire an extra 10 hectares of land adjacent to the casino complex.
Can the Premier confirm that Crown had an entitlement to purchase the land? Can the Premier confirm that he provided Crown with a $30 million discount on the value of that land on the basis that Crown’s bargaining position, as the Premier believed, was strong due to that entitlement? Who provided the Premier with the advice that Crown had an entitlement to purchase the land? Mr C.J.
BARNETT replied: — <012> F/4 Resumed from 9 May. The SPEAKER: That concludes question time.
Point of Order Mrs M.H.
ROBERTS: Can I seek some clarification from you, Mr Speaker? The SPEAKER: I never heard anything above the din. Mrs M.H.
ROBERTS: If the minister were to call a member of this house a no-hoper, as in the quotation, “You are a no-hoper”, is that or is that not unparliamentary? The SPEAKER: That concludes question time.
Roberts: No ruling? The SPEAKER: Are there any petitions? Mrs M.H.
ROBERTS: Mr Speaker, on a further point of order, I asked you for a ruling and I am still waiting to hear your ruling.
The SPEAKER: I never heard what was said, but I think we will let it go this time.
That concludes question time.
Several members interjected. Papers were tabled and ordered to lie upon the table of the house.
The SPEAKER: There are a number of private conversations going on and nobody can hear the member for Girrawheen.
SENIORS’ IDENTIFICATION CARD Notice of Motion Ms M.M.
Quirk gave notice that at the next sitting of the house she would move — That the government introduce a seniors’ ID card for those elderly Western Australians who no longer have a driver’s licence.
Such a card should be established by legislation to ensure that it will be accepted as part of the 100 points check and will in all respects be given the same status as a licence.
ROYAL PERTH HOSPITAL PROTECTION BILL 2013 Notice of Motion to Introduce Notice of motion given by Mr R.H.
Cook (Deputy Leader of the Opposition).
SUPPLY BILL 2013 Second Reading MR P.B.
WATSON (Albany) [2.55 pm]: On behalf of the people of Albany, I rise to talk on the Supply Bill 2013.
Firstly, I congratulate the state government on the Albany Health Campus.
I also congratulate the Premier for not making a political speech, although I will not congratulate the Minister for Health for not making a political speech! On behalf of the people of Albany, I thank the government for providing a tremendous facility.
That is the good news. I am sure all members know that next year is the centenary of when the Anzacs left Albany for Gallipoli.
Last week there was a briefing on the matter in Albany but unfortunately I could not attend.
However, I asked the Minister for Veterans three times for a briefing but each time I turned up, there was no-one there.
People who went to the meeting last Tuesday night have told me that they asked about funding for the other events around the centenary of the Anzacs leaving Albany and were told that there was no funding.
I have just found out from someone in Busselton that the state government has allocated $7 million over five years for the Margaret River Gourmet River Escape.
Which event do members think is the most important? Where is the money going? It is going to Margaret River.
Today I am asking the Premier and the Minister for Tourism why Albany is missing out on funding.
When Christian Porter was the Treasurer, I told him that Albany needed money quickly for the centenary of the Anzacs leaving Albany and he told Uncorrected Proof — Not to be Quoted r co rec PAPERS TABLED ted Pr f oo [ASSEMBLY — Tuesday, 14 May 2013] 13 me on the day of the budget that the money was in there but that it was up to the Premier to decide when to announce it.
I waited and kept asking questions in Parliament and the budget was brought down in May.
When did we find out that there was money? It was announced just when the Liberal Party candidate for Albany was announced, so then it became political.
It has been 100 years since the Anzacs formed in Albany and left for Gallipoli—I would leave the chamber too, Premier.
The centenary event is now half-baked.
A big interpretive centre was supposed to be built and I can understand some of the reasons for deciding not to build it where it was originally intended, but it was just before the election when the Premier said that we did not have enough time to build it and that a smaller one would have to be built.
It is the centenary of the Anzacs and Albany is where the Anzac spirit was born, yet it is being ignored while Margaret River is getting $7 million over five years for a gourmet food festival.
Where are the government’s priorities? Ms L.L.
WATSON: I am not worried about them.
As part of the centenary celebrations, there was supposed to be a re-enactment of the Anzac fleet off the coast of Albany and a lot of ships were going to be in the harbour.
This is not the government’s fault, but do members know how many ships we are getting for the centenary of the Anzacs? We are getting four ships—three on the wharf and one in King George Sound.
As few as four Australian and New Zealand navy ships will be tied up at the port.
People can walk on them, but what does that have to do with the Anzac fleet? Absolutely nothing.
I am calling on not only the state government, but also the federal government to get more ships involved.
I have approached the American consul, who told me that the Americans do not make decisions about their navy ships 18 months out from an event but that she will try.
We need about a dozen ships anchored in King George Sound to make the most of the occasion, as the event will be broadcast nationally and Albany is expecting 50 000 visitors.
I read in the newspaper today that only 4 000 Australians can go to the centenary celebrations in Gallipoli.
Where else would Australians go to celebrate the centenary? I would go to Albany where people can attend the dawn service and see the last sight of Australia that some of the Anzacs saw as they headed to Gallipoli to die and never come back.
We are being treated as second rate.
Where does the National Party stand on this? Originally, the National Party was a party for the regions.
Recently I ran into Matt Stephens, who is a long-time National Party supporter.
Apparently he ran into Brendon Grylls in Albany either last week or the week before and gave him a serve in the main street.
Brendon said to him that the National Party has more seats now and Matt said, “Yes, but where are they? They’re up in the Pilbara.” I am sure that with the Leader of the National Party now in the seat of Pilbara, if there had been a centenary celebration for the first shipment of iron ore, all the money would be going up there.
To me, the National Party is a party for the north of the state. Un <013> N/1 It is not worried about the farmers.
They should have dumped that wheat on the front lawn of the Leader of the National Party and not on the Premier’s driveway! The National Party used to be there for the farmers and the people of the regions—not anymore! Its members are only worried about building up their party.
At the last election, we had references to the kingmaker! He is not a kingmaker any more.
The Premier can ask the people! The Premier would understand that if he knew how many people in the National Party gave me their preferences.
I do not believe it is that they think I am such a good guy; they were disappointed.
That was a protest vote against the National Party.
Buswell: Putting them first as a protest vote? Mr P.B.
WATSON: They gave me their preferences so that I would win the seat.
Buswell: Who was their first choice? Mr P.B.
WATSON: What is the Treasurer talking about? A lot of voters put the government first, but put me next; they gave me their preferences because they knew I would get their vote.
I will speak slower for the benefit of the member for Vasse, if he likes! Mr T.R.
Buswell: I’ve never heard of a protest vote where you voted for someone! Mr P.B.
WATSON: That is because the Treasurer is in a safe seat and I am in a marginal seat.
I am up against that sort of thing all the time, so I look at those angles. The state government contributed $8 million to upgrade the Mt Clarence interpretative centre, whereas WA Labor promised $17 million for capital works to upgrade the Mt Adelaide and Mt Clarence historical precincts, to contribute to the interpretative centre on the original site and to provide two staff to help coordinate the centenary of Anzac commemorations.
I do not want to make this into a political issue, but we have a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Barnett: You have done that in the made local media! Mr P.B.
WATSON: I have to; it is the only way I can get the message across.
The Premier sits and smiles.
I can give the Premier a couple of other examples.
The Premier came to Albany and said he would put bolts on the rocks.
Did the Premier not say that these bolts would be in by Easter? We lost a man off those rocks in the last10 days.
Are those Uncorrected Proof — Not to be Quoted r co rec ted — ted Pr f oo [ASSEMBLY — Tuesday, 14 May 2013] 25 12 was $25 220 million or $3 871 million extra to be spent by this government in the 2011–12 year or 18 per cent extra income. <020> R/2 That is an extraordinary river of gold.
Every time the Premier of Western Australia, the Treasurer or a minister talk about their tough budgetary position, these facts should be considered.
There has never been a government in this state that has had more revenue, more opportunity to spend money, and more opportunity do things for the community than this government.
This is the richest government, the highest taxing government, and the government with the largest flow of revenue from the commonwealth and from all the different opportunities to raise money in this state, and it is disgraceful for this government says it has a structural deficit.
That means that this government cannot manage its finances, and if the government cannot manage its finances, it cannot manage the state.
When the Treasurer publicly says, as he did today, “We are making these structural saves”, let us make something clear: the commonwealth government has a severe revenue problem; the state government has an unbelievable and unprecedented revenue stream.
When the Labor Party was in government before the 2008 election, the then Liberal opposition constantly criticised the then government’s level of revenue.
Now, at the end of the current forward estimates period, this government will have more than 50 per cent extra on top of that figure.
The Premier’s performance in question time today on this topic was extraordinary.
It is an embarrassment to try to suggest that somehow between 9 March and 13 May the budgetary position of the government has collapsed.
How can anyone take the Premier seriously when he makes those kinds of comments? Quite frankly, people are not taking the Premier seriously any more.
The people of this state did tend to let the Premier’s slippery words slide by during the first term, but now people are getting a handle on the fact that he cannot be trusted when he speaks out loud.
There are a range of issues.
In a radio interview on the AM program a few years ago the Premier said there would be LNG shipments from Western Australia to Melbourne.
That will never happen.
The Premier also said a special system of dual listing of companies on the Singapore Exchange would allow for an expansion of money-raising opportunities for Western Australian mining companies.
There is no process that will ever lead to that.
In fact, when I have asked the Premier questions about it, he said that he never had any meetings or discussions with anybody about that matter.
The Premier often comments in this house about how Western Australia should have a special relationship with China, which it does.
Fortunately, it was the former Labor government that created that special relationship with China.
When I was state secretary of the Labor Party, I met with a series of visiting delegations.
Interestingly, when delegations of the Chinese Communist Party visit Australia, they always catch up with the secretary of the Labor Party.
Buswell: They probably thought you were running the show.
JOHNSTON: The Vietnamese did; I do not know that the Chinese did.
The Chinese are sophisticated and understand these distinctions; but sometimes when the Vietnamese delegations visited, they treated me with far greater respect than I deserved.
The point I make is that the Labor Party is the only party in Australia with a special strategic relationship with the Community Party of China.
This was entered into when Simon Crean was the federal leader of the Labor Party.
McGowan: What does that mean? Mr W.J.
JOHNSTON: That is the real question.
I was on the national executive at the time, and we were a little surprised it happened. Un Mr T.R.
Buswell: Do you have a five-year plan for your relationship? Mr J.H.D.
Day: You have the right coloured tie anyway.
JOHNSTON: They look good with dark suits. Mr W.J.
JOHNSTON: I never went on any of the junkets, but perhaps that is what the relationship was focussed on. Mr T.R.
Buswell: Maybe Simon Crean’s implosion was part of some plan.
Quirk: They still haven’t cottoned on to where Harold Holt is, though.
McGowan: He’s going to go on the submarine shortly. Mr W.J.
JOHNSTON: Ha, ha! That was 10 years ago, so I do not think he contemplated that at the time. Mr W.J.
JOHNSTON: It is great, is it not, that the Harold Holt memorial in Melbourne is a swimming pool? Anyway, we are getting away from what I should be talking about.
Of course, we need to have a good relationship with China, but we need to think about the fact that state-owned enterprises are exactly that—Chinese state-owned enterprises are owned by the Chinese state and are not separate organisations.
When we deal with them, we are dealing with the same organisation; that is, the Communist Party of Uncorrected Proof — Not to be Quoted r co — 31 Since the upgrade was completed recently, I have received a number of emails from people thanking me very much for my efforts in getting it happening, because their travel time to work has been cut by 20 minutes.
Templeman: Why don’t you bring them in here so they can tell the truth? Mr P.
ABETZ: What is wrong? Mr D.A.
Templeman: How many have you got? Un Mr P.
ABETZ: I have received three emails and number of phone calls.
I have also been thanked when I have gone to shopping centres.
Before the election, people at meet and greets were very appreciative of the roadworks that were already underway.
It has been a great outcome.
In fact, the local paper ran a story on its front page about the tremendous difference it has made to the flow of traffic.
It used to take people 20 minutes or more to get through; now, even during peak hour, they can get through without having to wait for a second traffic light change.
For a very small amount of money—in the big scheme of things—we can make very significant improvements.
It is my hope that in this term of Parliament we will be able to do something similar on Ranford Road between the Canning Vale markets and the Livingston Marketplace shopping centre by constructing a third lane on Ranford Road, which will serve — Dr A.D.
Buti: All the way to Tonkin Highway! Mr P.
ABETZ: That would need to come later! A good start would be a bus lane that would allow buses to get from Canning Vale and surrounding areas to Murdoch station on time during peak hour.
If buses run on time, more people will be encouraged to use them, which would hopefully reduce the number of people using Ranford Road.
I refer to the lack of land available for churches in new suburbs, which is increasingly becoming an issue.
In times past, when a new suburb was built in an estate—I am not sure which government department used to do land development—church sites were set aside.
Church groups could register for those sites with the church group on top of the list having first choice.
Part of the condition was that the church group had to pay market price for the land and had to start building within 18 months of being allocated the site.
If the church group did not start building within that time, the site had to be handed back, a refund was given and the site was offered to the next church group.
In that way, we got churches in the suburbs.
The private development of land has resulted in no church sites.
It is very, very difficult to find sites for places of worship in the newer suburbs.
That issue needs to be addressed.
Somehow in our planning structure we need not only an allocation of 10 per cent public open space, but also land set aside for religious groups to purchase to build places of worship.
Under current planning laws the requirement is that for every four seats in a place of worship, there must be one car parking bay, which means that a church group would need to find quite a substantial sized piece of land to build a church that would seat between 400 and 500 people.
A couple of church groups in my electorate are looking to build an auditorium that would seat 1 000 people.
There is simply not the land available for that.
Unless those groups look right out into rural areas, it seems almost impossible to procure the required size of land.
I will continue to pursue that issue.
Another interesting and difficult situation is that for the first time people in my electorate are coming to me with housing issues.
Families want to stay in the area after their lease expires because their kids are settled at school.
But for $500 a week, there is simply not enough housing in the area.
Higher rents are forcing a lot of families to move out of the area in which they and their kids are settled, which is a pity.
Sometimes families are forced to pay $600 a week to stay in the area.
Obviously the higher the rent for houses, the fewer people who compete.
It is good that we have targeted 20 000 affordable homes by 2020.
I hope that continues to progress well and that we exceed that figure by 2020.
Recognising the pressure on the state budget, I hope that the regional sports facility at Clifton Road will progress.
I am pleased to report to the house that its planning is well underway.
The draft master plan and the feasibility studies are in progress.
Within a month or two, the City of the Canning, together with the Departments of Sport and Recreation and Planning, will release a report.
It will be good to see how we can progress that facility.
Again, there is a need for active recreational areas in the newer suburbs.
Although there is lovely public open space in my electorate, it does not lend itself to playing games of the football, cricket or hockey.
A major regional sporting facility on that 130-odd hectare site that is half owned by the government and the City of Canning will make an excellent contribution to the facilities and amenity of the area.
The access road needed for that facility will possibly be provided by the access road that, hopefully, will be built as the back entrance to Jandakot Airport.
Planning for that is currently in progress as is an amendment to the metropolitan region scheme.
Hopefully that will proceed in good time.
I will conclude my remarks with those comments.
I support the Supply Bill 2013. MR R.H.
COOK (Kwinana — Deputy Leader of the Opposition) [4.57 pm]: I start my contribution to the debate on the Supply Bill 2013 by paying tribute to the organisers of the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon, which took place over the weekend.
It has become a tradition in our household to spend one of the early weekends in May in Busselton for the half ironman.
I become more and more impressed with the organisation of that event every year.
Indeed, the event is such that is has gained international renown.
The support provided by government, both directly and through organisations such as Healthway, is extraordinary in creating a great festival, and one that embraces the Uncorrected Proof — Not to be Quoted r co rec ted Pr f oo 32 [ASSEMBLY — Tuesday, 14 May 2013] — ted Pr f oo [ASSEMBLY — Tuesday, 14 May 2013] 49 an operational decision that the government could not involve itself with.
That argument was used consistently in the electorate of West Swan.
That is the argument that was used to shut the police station in Ballajura in the early days of the Barnett government’s first term.
The government told the member for West Swan that her constituents did not require a police station because it had been told by the police commissioner and his senior officers that it was not necessary, and that that was an operational decision, so the government could not involve itself with that decision.
Then, for several years after that decision, the message was reinforced to the people of Ballajura that they did not require a police station because that decision had been made by senior police, and it was an operational decision that the Barnett state government could not involve itself with.
That continued right up until the death knell; right up until two weeks before the last election at which time, miraculously, the operational decision must have changed, because after all those years of informing the people of Ballajura that they did not need a police station because the police had made a decision and the Barnett state government could not involve itself in that decision, suddenly it was okay, and it suddenly was recognised that there was a need for not just any police station, but a 24/7 police station—a police station that was open 24 hours, seven days a week.
Who then came to the electorate of West Swan to assist the Liberal Party candidate to announce that commitment? None other than the leader of the Liberal Party, the Premier of the state, Hon Colin Barnett.
Clearly, the government had determined that it actually could involve itself in decisions about where police stations went.
It could make those decisions, it could change police assessment, and it could make a commitment to the people of Ballajura that they would get a 24 hour, seven days a week police station, despite having told them for four years that one was not required. Un That commitment was made in Ballajura; one can only wonder why the same commitment could not be made to the people residing in the southern and eastern suburbs of Rockingham and the northern suburbs of Mandurah.
It is nothing to do with population; that area definitely has a larger population than Ballajura.
It is not to do with lack of incidents; we have had ATM bombings, service station robberies, multiple assaults, out-of-control parties, young people being bashed, fathers being bashed—we have had all manner of incidents, many of which have occurred post the election, so it is not for lack of evidence or demand from the local population.
The people of the electorates of Warnbro and Mandurah have been asking for this just as much as have the people of Ballajura.
They have consistently attended public meetings at all hours of the day; they have travelled distances to meet with the police commissioner and the new police minister.
During the election campaign the police minister visited the electorate of Rockingham and invited resident association representatives to meet with her, and some of them did.
She assured them that they had her empathy and her sympathy, but they did not have any action from her, because she did not believe it was required, so it has nothing to do with that.
There is no reason for not providing a police hub halfway between the Rockingham and Mandurah areas, other than that the Barnett government just does not care; it could not be bothered.
It does not want to provide a proper police presence to service the significant population of the area halfway between Rockingham and Mandurah.
It could not be bothered; it has other priorities.
I am a bit fearful following the member for Cockburn’s recent contribution and his observations about the hub in Cockburn; it sounds as though the poor old member for Jandakot might experience the same outcome.
It sounds like he got a sign.
Buswell: He’s getting a train station.
Buswell: He’s a quality member.
PAPALIA: He has a train station; that is true.
One has to concede that he — Mr P.
PAPALIA: At least the Treasurer told the truth then; that was nice.
But he could not find it within his heart during the election campaign to tell the truth about why he would not prioritise a police station, and he certainly did not tell the truth about the commitment the Liberal Party made via its candidate, on multiple occasions and on election day, for a train station at Karnup.
He could not find it within his heart to tell the truth about that one.
I found it extraordinary that he was incapable of even responding with a straight answer when asked about it today in the upper house.
NORBERGER (Joondalup) [7.55 pm]: I rise this evening to speak in support of the Supply Bill 2013.
As the newly elected member for Joondalup, I must say it is not difficult to look around my lovely electorate and see many great examples of this state government’s wise and prudent investment in infrastructure and services, and I would like to share a couple of them tonight. Joondalup Health Campus is a shining example, I believe, of this government’s commitment to the complete rebuilding of the state’s health system.
Some $393 million have been invested by the state government into that hospital.
It is a key hospital for the northern metropolitan region, it is a very busy hospital, and it is an outstanding hospital.
This latest investment has seen the addition of operating theatres and extra beds, bringing the total number of beds at Joondalup Health Campus to 650, which means that the hospital will be the second largest hospital in the state.
We have also just added a clinical school in conjunction with Curtin University of Technology, Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia, which will really boost medical education and training for those universities by being directly attached, if you like, to a first-rate hospital.
Also in the first stage of that redevelopment, a new emergency department was opened—an outstanding facility.
One of its standout features is that it actually has a Uncorrected Proof — Not to be Quoted r co rec ted Pr — 55 carbon dioxide levels exceed the level of 400 parts per million.
That is a point that we have been approaching.
But we have now exceeded the level of 400 parts per million, when we have not seen that level for about three million years.
It is a global problem.
We all know that.
It is something that each nation is called upon to do its bit for.
Naturally, wealthier countries should be doing more than the less developed countries; naturally, that is the case.
At our state level, what are we doing with our emissions? What are we doing in anticipation of the problems that will beset us with the further onset of climate change? The traditional wisdom in this Parliament at a state government level has been that greenhouse gas mitigation—reducing greenhouse gas emissions—is something that we can leave to the federal government, but adaptation is something that we can perhaps do at our state level.
But I do not see much activity on that front in this state at the moment from our current state government.
Our agricultural sector will be seriously damaged and already is suffering the consequences of climate variability and climate change.
Our urban environment could be greatly impacted upon.
There are obviously also impacts on coastal communities with even the slightest sea level rise and the overlaying of a greater intensity of storms and greater frequency of storms.
The drying climate may also lead to the drying out of whole suburbs and the dewatering of our groundwater areas such that we get subsidence and structural cracking in buildings.
There is a whole host of problems there.
There is also our natural environment.
Even if we take an anthropocentric view of things, it is the case that our fisheries are shifting as climate bands and climate patterns shift.
Our jarrah forests are not regenerating at the same rate as they once did.
The future of the whole forestry industry is hanging in the balance.
We clearly need a climate change policy that this Parliament can seriously implement.
That policy may well be based largely around adaptation.
But my concern is that in Western Australia, that is not happening.
I hear that the climate change unit within the Department of Environment and Conservation is barely staffed.
I recognise that a restructuring is going on, but I think there might be only one full-time equivalent officer in that unit.
I will wait for the Minister for Environment to clarify that for me some time, perhaps by way of questions on notice.
Nevertheless, we need action on this front, because there are so many spheres of our economy and our quality of life that depend on us making sure that the climate pattern that we have grown to enjoy is ongoing and not one that changes dramatically. Un I support the Supply Bill, and I hope that the issues that I have raised will be treated with all due seriousness by this government.
MURRAY (Collie–Preston) [8.36 pm]: I rise firstly to put on the record some concerns about the Supply Bill and about the funding and the way in which it will be applied over the next year or so.
That is the case especially when we talk about forward estimates and we have a Premier who has said that forward estimates are not to be believed; they are only what they are—forward estimates.
Therefore, as we go into the budget process, and as we work it through when the budget is tabled, how can we believe the government when the Premier himself has said that forward estimates are not to be believed? That is something that I think is detrimental to the Parliament and detrimental to good government, because we need to look at more than just one year at a time.
We need an extension of time and some understanding of where money is going to be spent into the future.
So, the Premier has some explaining to do.
Anyone who wishes to look up Hansard will find very quickly where, only a short time ago, the Premier made the very bold statement that we should not believe what he puts in the forward estimates. Mr J.H.D.
Day: He did not quite say that.
Redman: Absolutely. Mr M.P.
MURRAY: It is not only the Premier; can any minister here be believed on the forward estimates? Mr M.P.
MURRAY: How can they, when the Premier says do not believe them? He is supposed to be their leader— but maybe not the National Party.
Maybe we will believe them for 10 minutes or so, but no more. Mr D.T.
Redman: Give us 15, member! Mr M.P.
MURRAY: All right—15, but by that time they will be asleep.
What I am concerned about is what the ministers are going to put in this budget in direct funding, and then in the forward estimates.
We have seen now that things are very tight within the budget estimates.
On the floor here, the Treasurer said that.
He said that things are going to have to change and that the government will have to do some more work, and he has put out letters to each of his ministers saying that he will tighten up the system.
Buswell: When did I say that? Mr M.P.
MURRAY: I do not have a problem with that, Treasurer.
What I do have a problem with is whether anything that is put into this place and tabled is going to be honoured.
That is where I have the problem, and that is why I am bringing that up now.
We are talking about supply agreements.
Yes, of course this side of the house is not going to block supply—one, because we do not have the numbers, and, two, because I do not think it will do any favours to any government to block supply, as we saw quite some years back in the federal government.
I am talking today to make people aware that everything that we read may not be true.
It may be just a furphy.
It may be just something that has been pulled out of a hat and put in there to shut the punters up for another week.
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We saw that in question time today.
It was very obvious that there are some major, major structural problems in the finances of this government.
Yes, the government will go back to WA Inc.
Most of the people in Western Australia who vote now were not born when that problem happened, yet the government still harps on it.
Jacob: I was around! Mr M.P.
MURRAY: Yes, there is one over there, but only just—the member might still have had his nappy on! What I can say is that we do have problems with this government. <041> M/2 One of those problems relates to policing.
I brushed on this the other week but I feel we have to talk about it again.
There has been some commentary from the Commissioner of Police during this week and last.
It is something that concerns me immensely.
I think he is doing his job and protecting the vulnerable police minister.
He has been out there saying, “We can’t blame the minister; we can’t blame the police department.
What we’ve got to blame is the system.” To some degree I think he is right, but it is not his job to be the social welfare commissioner of WA.
His job is to be a police commissioner.
In his wisdom he said, “I’m not going to police certain areas in which the laws have been made and enacted in this Parliament.” Who is really running this state? Is the Commissioner of Police running the state or is the minister and the ministerial group making the laws and the government making the laws running the state? Is a police commissioner or a health commissioner running the state? I would like to hear that answer. Un The way I see it the Minister for Police has become a rubberstamp for the police commissioner.
He has made that very clear.
He said, “There are areas that I’m not going to police.” I have a real concern when he makes statements like that.
Is piddling in the street one of those areas that he is not going to police? It is not going to hurt anyone? It is obnoxious, rude and everything else, but is he going to police that—or is it going to be, like he said in the press, that we are not going to worry about brake lights on cars? Driving down the Kwinana Freeway—if drivers can go fast enough!—if someone puts their brakes on but there are no brake lights and there is a nose-to-tail accident which causes $1 million damage to cars, what are the important things? Let us be realistic; there can be a 15 to 20-car pileup in the making on this highway Who will make the decision to police what? Will it be the commissioner or will it be Parliament? We make the laws but we have a Commissioner of Police who is not going to act on them.
If that is the case, it is a pointless exercise being in Parliament.
I am sure some of the newer members of Parliament will be amazed that we have a commissioner saying, “I’m not going to police that.” It is a long way down the road towards saying that we will just have commissioners and no Parliament.
Members would believe me if they read what he says every time.
My view is that if he spent less time playing Hollywood George and writing to the papers and got on with his bloody job, he would be far better off.
I know what he does when the heat comes on—he gets on his motorbike and goes for a ride into the desert, and he calls it a fundraising ride! That is not good enough for any government leader at the top of the tree.
There are jobs to be done out there.
I am so hot on this because of what I see in country towns and in the city.
There are enough members around here to understand.
We heard it from the group over there about the problems in their electorates—it was in a dorothy dixer to the police minister.
We see it in our electorates.
There are some problems between groups in my town at the moment.
Windows have been broken and cars have been smashed up.
There is a court case tomorrow that we have to find extra police for.
We do not know whether we can get extra police because the numbers are not there.
When we put questions on notice about police numbers needed in the south west, we did not get an answer.
They say it is an operational issue and they cannot provide those figures.
Why? They are hiding behind the process.
They do not have the funding needed to have a proper, honest and straight police force.
The police out there are doing an excellent job under much duress.
The minister has to come forward in this year’s budget with a lot more money to get the police up and running, and have enough numbers to make sure people in our communities are feeling safe so that people can go down the street at night-time, because at the moment I do not see that. Mr T.R.
Buswell: How much more? Mr M.P.
MURRAY: I am not the police minister.
I have asked for the numbers of police needed in the south west but I get the brush-off.
With your smart-arse question, what I do not — Withdrawal of Remark Mr M.P.
MURRAY: I withdraw it.
Debate Resumed The ACTING SPEAKER (Mr I.M.
Britza): Member, that language is unparliamentary. Mr M.P.
MURRAY: But I think he deserved it for the game he played today, and there will be a few more to come yet! He can laugh, but do not worry; like I said, it will not be long before he is on the front page of The West again, believe me.
If he wants to play, let us play.
We need more money — Mr D.A.
The ACTING SPEAKER: Member for Mandurah, thank you.
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EVANGEL (Perth) [9.05 pm]: Mr Speaker, I thank you for this opportunity to speak in support of the Supply Bill before us and to convey my support of the bill.
It is a bill that I believe is imperative in facilitating the ongoing supply and delivery of critical infrastructure and services for the Perth electorate and, indeed, all electorates throughout this great state of ours.
I am sure you and everyone else in this place are aware of the unprecedented investments that are occurring in my electorate at present; investments in city projects that are transforming our city.
Indeed, in my inaugural speech, I highlighted a number of major projects currently under construction in Perth, such as Elizabeth Quay, the Link project and the soon to commence new Western Australian Museum in the heart of our cultural centre in Northbridge.
As this government continues to build these projects in our city, it is simultaneously building confidence in our city’s retail sector, being the city’s economic lifeline. Un <044> F/3 I congratulate our Minister for Planning and the Premier for their foresight, because, by building a city of international significance, we are attracting the attention of international retailers such as Top Shop and Zara, as seen in the papers recently.
Both are very welcome additions to the city’s retail fabric and attract significant crowds critical to the long-term sustainability of all city businesses, large or small.
So, yes I support the Supply Bill’s progress through this place and again applaud this government for its investment, vision and commitment to progress. Western Australia is a wonderful place to live and a popular choice.
We are seeing as many as 1 500 people a week moving to our great state.
Many are choosing my electorate as their place of residence.
I completely understand why, as it is an exciting electorate with extraordinary history and a bright future.
However, our rapid population and infrastructure growth is placing significant demand on our transport networks.
The current strategies employed by our Minister for Transport, such as the widening of the Mitchell and Graham Farmer Freeways, will ease this pressure and it is imperative we continue our diligent work in this area.
I have mentioned the growing number of people choosing to live in my electorate.
This rapid growth can be seen by the increased number of children attending our local primary schools.
Year by year we are seeing additional strain placed on our school infrastructure.
I am pleased that our Minister for Education has given priority to my electorate and recognises the need for extra facilities to accommodate these growing numbers of students.
In fact, such is his interest and commitment, he has already committed to visiting Highgate, Kyilla and North Perth Primary Schools, in the coming months.
Mount Hawthorn Primary School, established in 1906, with just 43 children attending at that time, has also received the minister’s attention.
Its student population has now grown to more than 800. Mount Hawthorn Primary School has indeed experienced a population explosion, so much so that the student population does not fit in the undercover area at the same time.
This means that if it is raining, a portion of the students will get wet and if it is an extremely hot day, they are vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays.
It pleases me that the Minister for Education has recognised the urgency of this issue as well as another urgent problem, which is the deteriorated state of part of the school’s playground bitumen area.
The minister has committed $1.25 million for the redevelopment of the school’s undercover area and the resurfacing of the playground bitumen.
I know that this news is very welcomed by the school’s principal, Ms Dale Mackesey, and the school board, P&C and schoolchildren.
Finally, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of the sporting clubs in my electorate, and in particular the North Perth Tennis Club located on Farmer Street in North Perth.
Established in 1913, the North Perth Tennis Club celebrated its one-hundredth birthday on 11 May last Saturday.
It was my honour to celebrate with them and enjoy the friendly hospitality of the club.
Tennis is a wonderful sport that is enjoyed by players of all ages.
It was great to see young children as well as elderly people receiving awards for their achievements at the club.
I congratulate the North Perth Tennis Club president, Mr Steven Lamb, Mr Basil Rompotis and the organising committee for hosting a wonderful afternoon tea for over a hundred people.
North Perth Tennis Club is more than just a place to play tennis.
It is also a place where people gather to socialise and make friends, friends that last a lifetime, such as is the case with Ms Peggy Secker.
I congratulate her who on the same day that the club celebrated its onehundredth anniversary also celebrated 60 years of membership at the club.
What an outstanding achievement! Peggy is a much-loved member of the club who is known for her generosity and commitment to the club over the years, so much so that she is often referred to as aunty Peggy by many of the children and other members.
It was a delight to meet Peggy and present her with a lovely letter congratulating her on her 60-year milestone.
I wish Peggy another 60 years to celebrate once again.
I reinstate my support for the Supply Bill 2013, as this government is delivering significant outcomes for the people of Western Australia.
There are important projects in place in my electorate and I am sure in the electorates of other members.
I will continue to speak in support of the Supply Bill as a continuation of our good governance.
Debate adjourned, on motion by Mr J.H.D.
Day (Leader of the House).
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