With the 1993 State election campaign less than 24 hours old, the Opposition has committed its first major gaffe.
Deputy Premier Ian Taylor said that Opposition Leader Richard Court had refused to rule out big increases in State taxes and charges by a Coalition in government.
"When asked directly if he would put up charges, like Mr Kennett in Victoria, Mr Court suggested that people look at the Liberal's record in government in Western Australia," Mr Taylor said.
"Unfortunately for Mr Court, the Liberal's record on increasing charges after elections is horrendous and here are some examples.
"In 1980, water sewerage and drainage charges increased by up to 50 per cent; electricity increased by 19 per cent and gas by 24 per cent; bus and train fares increased by up to 50 per cent; and over a period of three years from 1980 to 1982, third party insurance premiums rose by 50, 20 and 10 per cent respectively.
"There are many more examples, and I fear for what would happen to the State's charges in the unlikely event of a Coalition in government."