Federal Labor Member for Fremantle, Josh Wilson MP, today called out WA’s federal Liberal representatives for failing to stand-up for a fair share of the shipbuilding work outlined in the Turnbull Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan (NSP).
“There is no prospect of Western Australia receiving a fair share of naval shipbuilding work while the WA Liberals continue to take our state for granted and treat Western Australians as fools.”
Yesterday, Senator Linda Reynolds moved a motion in the Senate celebrating the Turnbull government’s naval shipbuilding program, without mentioning Western Australian once.
“That means there was no mention of the fact that WA is only getting $3 billion of the $89 billion allocated through shipbuilding program—or 3.4%.”
“There was no mention of the fact that WA is only getting 300 jobs out of the 6000+ jobs that the program will involve—or 5%.”
“And no mention of the fact that WA is only getting $100 million of the $1.2 billion announced for shipbuilding infrastructure—or 8.5%.”
In recent full-page ads in The West Australian and the Sunday Times, WA Liberal Ministers, Julie Bishop and Matthias Cormann, have claimed that WA is getting 50% of the shipbuilding work.
“Instead of recognising that WA is being dudded again; instead of standing up and speaking up for WA; the WA Liberals have spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars pretending that we’re getting a good deal.”
“That is false, ridiculous, and offensive. The fact that WA and SA both operate shipbuilding hubs does not mean we are getting 50%. Western Australia is one of 8 states and territories—wouldn’t it be nice if that meant we were receiving 12.5% of the GST?”
“WA Liberals should stop taking Western Australians for fools. They should stop spending taxpayer funds in an attempt to con Western Australians. They should start doing their jobs: stand-up and speak-up for WA.”