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News Media Releases $1 million union campaign targets Barnett service cuts
$1 million union campaign targets Barnett service cuts
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 12:16

UnionsWA has launched a month-long television and billboard advertising campaign highlighting the Barnett Government's underfunding of important public services. 

 These new advertisements represent the latest stage in a $1million campaign, also involving radio and social media advertising, which public sector unions are running in the lead up to the State Election.  Unveiling the billboard in the State Government marginal seat of Morley today, UnionsWA President Meredith Hammat said the Barnett Government had its priorities wrong.

“Since the election of the Barnett Government, State Government mining royalty income has almost tripled from $1.68 billion in 2007/08 to $4.58 billion in 2011/12 and total revenue to the WA Government has increased by almost $6 billion,” Ms Hammat said.

“Mining royalties alone more than offsets any revenue lost through the GST carve-up.

“The questions many Western Australians are starting to ask are, if the Barnett Government is receiving so much money, why are they underfunding and privatising services?

“Why is Colin Barnett's priority a $25 million new office for himself?

“Upon being elected, Mr Barnett applied an arbitrary 3 per cent budget cut across the public sector, and he has recently announced another 2 per cent arbitrary cut.

“The advertisements highlight the Barnett Government’s underfunding of transport, school student assistance and mental health services.”

Over the next four weeks six television commercials will screen on Channels 7, 9 and 10.  Each highlight the increased mining royalty income being received by Mr Barnett and question the priority he has given to building his new office, when his government has:

• Scratched its promise to build the Ellenbrook rail-line in 2008;
• Abolished the “It Pays to Learn” allowance for WA families in 2008
• Rejected advice to order new rail cars in 2010;
• Frozen Department of Child Protection employees, with hundreds of kids without case workers;
• Underfunded mental health services.

“If Mr Barnett can’t afford quality public services at this time in our State’s economic history, when will he be able to afford them?”

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