Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    Carpenter Government's massive boost for key service areas

    15/11/2007 4:30 PM

    The Western Australian Government is investing heavily in key service areas such as health care and law and order, increasing funding by more than 34 per cent in some cases than the previous Coalition Government spent, Treasurer Eric Ripper said today.

    Figures from the Department of Treasury and Finance show the State Government’s funding of health care in 2006-07 has increased by 34.2 per cent in real terms on the Court Government’s commitment in 2001.

    Funding for community support areas such as child protection and disability services has also increased by 33.8 per cent in real terms on the Court Government’s commitment.

    It is a similar story in law and order, where combined funding to the WA Police, Corrective Services and the Attorney General’s Department has been increased by 33.2 per cent in real terms since 2001.

    Education and Training has also benefited from the Government’s commitment to reinvest in the future of the State with a 17.7 per cent increase in real funding compared with the Court Government’s spend.

    On per capita terms in the areas of education, health and law and order, WA is investing more than any other State.

    The State has also increased spending on the capital works programs for all of these key areas.

    “These figures tell a remarkable story given that the Commonwealth is taking more and giving back less to WA,” Mr Ripper said.

    “On one hand the Prime Minister has repeatedly attacked the States over their fiscal management, yet in WA we are running healthy surpluses while reinvesting record amounts in infrastructure and retiring State debt.

    “By retiring State debt we have saved hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted interest payments - money that we have been able to reinvest in crucial service areas such as health care, law and order, education and training, child protection and disability services.”

    The Treasurer said the State Government’s aim continued to be to ensure that the current economic growth was maximised, sustained and shared with the community.

    “We have a plan for the future and that is to make sure that our strong economy helps both current and future generations of Western Australians,” he said.

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