WA Greens commit to campaign for better public services
Date:Monday, May 7, 2012
WA Greens Member for East Metropolitan Region Alison Xamon has signed the Save Our Services Action Plan committing the WA Greens to support for quality public services.
Save Our Services is a campaign supported by the WA Greens, WA Labor and UnionsWA to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining public services.
Ms Xamon said it was disappointing that such a campaign was necessary, but the actions of the Barnett Government had left no option but to act.
“Since the election of the Barnett Government total revenue to the WA Government has increased by almost $6 billion,” Ms Xamon said.
“WA can afford quality public services. It’s a question of priorities.
“The Premier is simply not providing the necessary funding for services such as transport, school student assistance, mental health and other vital public services.
“This campaign is providing a voice for ordinary working people to speak up for needed public services.
“If we can’t afford quality public services at this time in our State’s economic history, when will we be able to afford them?”
The Action Plan commits WA leaders to:
- Share the benefits of the boom. Record State Government mining royalties must be invested in quality public services and infrastructure.
- Fund for growth. Public services must be adequately funded to keep pace with WA’s rapidly growing population.
- Quality services for regional WA. All Western Australians deserve access to quality public services, no matter where they live.
- No privatisation. State Government services should remain in public hands and should not be sold off to private companies or outsourced to charities.
- Fair workplaces. The State Government should provide fair wages and conditions to attract and retain quality workers.
Information about the Save Our Service Campaign can be found at http://saveourservices.com.au.
Photograph: WA Greens Member for East Metropolitan Region Alison Xamon speaks to media after signing the Save Our Services Action Plan at Parliament House.