Premier Carmen Lawrence has accused the Opposition of putting the State's economic recovery in grave jeopardy with its Kennett-style industrial relations policy.
Dr Lawrence said that at a time when Western Australia could least afford industrial strife, the Opposition was proposing radical changes to the State's industrial laws which would cause wide-spread havoc.
"My Government will not do a `Kennett'. We have no hidden agenda. We will protect the industrial relations system which is working to the benefit of the State," Dr Lawrence said.
"My policies are aimed at making the workplace more efficient, safer, more flexible and fairer.
"The Liberals will create an industrial nightmare which will destroy the hopes of ordinary Western Australians and the promise rapid economic recovery."
Dr Lawrence said the Liberals would turn Western Australia into an industrial battle-ground as had happened in Victoria, frightening away investment when the State was on the verge of a development boom.
"The employment hopes of tens of thousands of Western Australians rest on the next phase of the State's economic development," she said.
"The Liberals are prepared to sacrifice the aspirations of these hard-working Western Australians on the altar of right-wing industrial ideology.
"The Opposition keeps giving guarantees to workers - but so did Kennett.
"Now about 15,000 Government employees are out of work in Victoria and private sector employees are facing the threat of losing their jobs or accepting less pay.
"Western Australian workers deserve better. The Labor Party is the only party that can guarantee job security and which has a real commitment to protecting working conditions."