The Nationals WA have welcomed the release of the Royal Commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry, which outlines 76 key recommendations to reform the financial services industry.
A number of recommendations relate to the agricultural sector and will include the establishment of a National Farm Debt Mediation Scheme, and an extension to the time period in which farmers can seek compensation for alleged wrongdoing.
The Nationals WA Member for the Agricultural Region Colin de Grussa said the recommendations would seek to address the imbalanced relationship between the farming community and the banking sector.Read more
The McGowan Government’s bushfire complacency has been laid bare by revelations the Planning Minister went against expert advice to issue a rezoning approval for an area deemed an extreme fire risk.Read more
14 January 2019
The Nationals WA Spokesperson for Fisheries Colin de Grussa has called out Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly for continuing to put community safety in jeopardy by allowing ongoing delays to the smart drum-line trial.
A 10 drum-line trial off the coast of Gracetown was expected to be deployed in early 2019, however is going to be delayed for months while the Government undertake an environmental assessment.
Mr de Grussa said that this was in complete contradiction to Minister Kelly’s promise to start the trial “as soon as possible”.Read more
10 January 2019
Member for the Agricultural Region Colin de Grussa has cautiously welcomed the appointment of Steve Lewis as the new Chief Executive Officer at Southern Ports, calling it an opportunity for a fresh start.
Mr Lewis has more than 20 years of experience as a CEO, most recently as interim CEO at Mid-West Ports Authority, and will start with Southern Ports from 14 January 2019.
Mr de Grussa said he was hopeful that Mr Lewis’ extensive experience across numerous port authorities would allow him to bring a new perspective and focus to Southern Ports.
“Southern Ports staff, particularly in Esperance and Albany, have faced some significant challenges over the last two years,” Mr de Grussa said.Read more
The Nationals WA have expressed concerns after a request to be briefed on the State Government’s controversial rock lobster reforms was denied.Read more
Premier Mark McGowan must step in and put an end to his Fisheries Minister’s reckless plot to nationalise the local rock lobster industry, according to The Nationals WA.Read more
13 December 2018
Member for Roe Peter Rundle has called on the new Minister responsible for ports to fix the mess created by the inaction of her predecessor.
Premier Mark McGowan announced today that Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan would take over responsibility of ports from Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
Mr Rundle said it was evident the Premier thought Minister Saffioti had failed in her responsibilities by refusing to act on the numerous concerns regarding poor workplace culture within Southern Ports.Read more
20 December 2018
The Nationals WA have blasted Mean Mark McGowan for failing to support the Geraldton and Mid-West tourism industry, as the community face a decrease in air services in 2019.
Virgin Australia announced yesterday they would be reducing their flight schedule into Geraldton from 12 return services per week to just seven.
Member for the Agricultural Region Colin de Grussa called out the Labor Government for their inability to secure reliable and affordable air services in and out of Geraldton.Read more
The Nationals WA have labelled the loss of Australia’s first space agency to South Australia as a major missed opportunity by both the State Government and WA’s Federal MPs.Read more
The Nationals WA have slammed the McGowan Government’s Putinesque move to seize a commercial stake in WA’s western rock lobster fishery.Read more