Carmen Lawrence

Carmen Lawrence

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    WA to give-up money under Hewson plan

    10/02/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    Premier-elect Richard Court had gone off to Canberra to get his instructions before being sworn-in, Premier Carmen Lawrence said today.
     
    Dr Lawrence said the instructions included signing an agreement with Mr Hewson which sold out Western Australians to Canberra.
     
    "Mr Court has embraced Hewson's cuts in grants and expenditure to the States which will force Western Australia to give-up money spent on roads, housing, health and education to Canberra," the Premier said.
     
    "He is a willing party to a Canberra tax grab without precedent except in war time.
     
    "Under the Court/Hewson plan, general purpose grants to WA will be slashed by $83 million a year; money for public housing will be cut by $14.5 million; the Better Cities program will lose $27.5 million next year; and urban transport $7 million a year."
     
    The Premier said in addition, the Hewson plan called for a $6 billion net reduction in Federal Government expenditure.
     
    On an apportioned population basis, this meant about $600 million less would be spent by Canberra on services for Western Australians.
     
    "Mr Hewson and Mr Court have a responsibility to immediately inform the people of this State just what they will lose," Dr Lawrence said.
     
    "All they have publicly acknowledged so far is that Federal health funding will be cut by $130 million, road funding by $100 million and employment training programs by $100 million.
     
    "This only accounts for about half of what they have in store for Western Australians."
     
    The Premier said Mr Hewson's policies put Canberra first and the States a poor second.
     
    Mr Court had become an immediate captive of Canberra and Hewson's policies without even a scant regard for the interests of this State.