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Liberals to fast track mining approvals

Updated February 22, 2013 16:38:28

The WA Liberal party will spend $20-million to help fast track mining approvals if it is re-elected to govern in a fortnight.

The party plans to create a database of environmental and heritage information, which mining companies will be able to access online.

It will also expand an approvals tracking scheme it introduced during its current term of government that allows proponents to track the progress of their approval, regardless of which government department is doing the evaluation.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore says the two policies will make it easier for mining companies to get their approvals processed.
“They’ll be able to see what work’s been done in the past,” he said.

“[They] can access that, and use it, and save having to repeat a lot of the approvals processes that they would have had to do if that information was not available.”

The State’s peak mining lobby has welcomed the pledge.

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy says both policies will encourage future growth and investment across the sector.

Topics: mining-industry, mining-environmental-issues, elections, liberals, wa, perth-6000

First posted February 22, 2013 16:24:23

Liberals unveil $1.9 billion airport rail plan

The Liberal Party has promised to build a new airport rail link transporting domestic and international passengers to Perth Airport’s front door if it wins the March election.

Premier Colin Barnett said the Perth Airport rail link would be built for Western Australia’s future, offering public transport to travellers and opening up transport options to residents in the eastern suburbs.

“Our airport line will take West Australians and tourists straight to the door step of the airport terminal, delivering maximum convenience and cost savings for travellers,” he said.

“Residents east of the airport will benefit from a public transport rail option into the city and the rail line will also service businesses at the proposed Perth airport business and industrial park.”

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the rail line would have three stations, 3000 parking bays and be built by 2018.

He said the project, including escalation and rail cars, had been costed at just under $1.9 billion.

“Unlike the Labor Party’s airport rail line, the Liberal Party will not leave you sweating or shivering waiting for a shuttle bus more than one kilometre down the road,” he said.

“We will take you directly to both the international and domestic terminals.

“Trains on our line are expected to run at least every 10 minutes at peak times and airport trains will integrate with services on the existing Midland line, resulting in
increased train frequencies between Bayswater and Perth. This will be a bonus for existing Midland line passengers.”

The planned rail alignment branches off the Midland line at Bayswater station, to the future consolidated Perth Airport terminal, with stations west and east of the airport as well as beneath the main terminal.

Topics: air-transport, rail-transport, elections, government-and-politics, perth-6000

First posted February 10, 2013 15:41:16

Liberals on attack over job creation targets

Updated November 05, 2012 10:30:35

The Tasmanian Government is under fire for failing to meet key investment and job creation targets.

The Liberals have seized on Department of Economic Development figures showing just over 1,700 jobs were created last financial year, below the target of 3,000.

Less than half of the $410 million expected from exports and import replacements was achieved.

The Opposition Leader, Will Hodgman, says government inaction is to blame

“It’s little surprise that business confidence is at record lows when the Government is failing so dismally,” he said.

The Liberals want a new department of state growth created, combining economic development with infrastructure, energy and resources.

Economic Development Minister David O’Byrne labels the policy simplistic and accuses the Opposition of copying what has been done by the Queensland Government.

Finance Minister Scott Bacon says the Government is doing plenty to help boost the economy in a tough global economic climate.

“What the Government’s doing is getting on with the job of diversifying our economy and making sure we play to our strengths,” he said.

“We’ve seen positive news around aquaculture, around dairy in the state, we’re getting on with building irrigation projects right around Tasmania.

“This plan by the Liberals is either a plan to increase the bureaucracy in Tasmania, or it’s a plan to slash jobs to save money.”

Topics: business-economics-and-finance, tas

First posted November 05, 2012 06:40:25

Woolies exec quits amid Alan Jones row

Updated October 06, 2012 09:40:24

The controversy around offensive comments made by radio host Alan Jones has cost a supermarket executive his job.

Woolworths state government relations manager Simon Berger was the master of ceremonies at the Young Liberals function where Jones said Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s father died of shame because of his daughter’s lies.

He also provided a jacket made of chaff bags for auction.

The Federal Government was furious about the jacket – a reference to on-air comments from Jones last year stating that the Prime Minister should be put in a chaff bag and dropped out at sea.

Mr Berger’s resignation was accepted by Woolworths on Friday.

“While Simon attended the function in a private capacity, he has acknowledged that it has directly affected his ability to carry out his role at Woolworths as a member of [the] Corporate Affairs team,” a Woolworths statement said. 

In a statement on his Facebook page, Mr Berger says he regrets the difficulty the incident has caused Woolworths and is deeply sorry his colleagues were caught up in the saga.

“I have really wanted to explain myself, but had a responsibility to my employer to not unfairly attach them any further to a controversy or add fuel to a bushfire,” he said on Facebook.

“My biggest regret this past week is that colleagues have been caught up in this episode. They have important jobs to do and I do not want to be a distraction.”

Mr Berger says he attended the event in a private capacity, which had nothing to do with his employer.

He also says the chaff jacket was only a prop and its meaning has been lost in the media controversy.

“The ‘chaff bag jacket’ was not intended as a statement about the Prime Minister or anyone else,” he said.

“It was a prop to put myself in after I had taken the mickey out of Alan Jones.

“In the context of an undergraduate dinner, this was clear. In a raging controversy following Alan Jones’ remark and in the face of a cyber campaign, such nuances get lost.

“So two weeks after first putting myself in a chaff bag, I guess I’m doing it again.”

He says he will continue to be a proud Liberal.

First posted October 05, 2012 20:43:01