State Development Minister Clive Brown today urged Western Australians to vote Labor on Saturday, saying only Mark Latham had promised to give WA its fair share of royalties from the $11billion Gorgon Gas Development.
Mr Brown said the royalty share was essential if WA was to invest in economic infrastructure to attract and support major resources projects and make the most of opportunities presented by strong international demand for our natural resources, particularly from China.
Inspecting work at Perth’s Australian Marine Complex with Federal Shadow Defence Minister Kim Beazley, Mr Brown said the WA economy was booming under the Gallop Government, but John Howard’s Eastern States focus was stopping WA from reaching its full potential.
“Under the Howard Government, WA has been going it alone in attracting new industries, new investment and new jobs,” the Minister said.
“Under Mr Howard, WA has been forced to fund the vast majority of economic infrastructure needed to attract and support major projects, despite these projects creating jobs right around the country and the vast majority of resulting Government revenues accruing to the Commonwealth.
“Mark Latham’s new $75million per year Western Australian Resources Infrastructure Fund will result in up to $2.2billion being invested to attract major new investment in our gas and mineral processing industries.
“It will also enable us to build upon the 52,000 jobs we have already created and further reduce our unemployment rate from 4.8 per cent, the lowest on current records.”
Mr Brown said projects currently under way in WA showed how Mark Latham’s $75million per year fund would create jobs all around the State.
Projects included the $400million HIsmelt project, the $630million Burrup Fertilisers project, Alcoa’s $440million Pinjarra expansion and BHP Billiton’s $1.4billion Ravensthorpe Nickel Project.
“Imagine how many projects we could win for WA and how many jobs we could create if we had an extra $75million per year to spend on common user infrastructure,” the Minister said.
“John Howard and the Liberal Party like to talk up their economic management credentials, but the truth is that they take WA, our workers and our natural resources for granted and always will.”
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