On Wednesday night, WA Labor leader Mark McGowan and Premier Colin Barnett faced off in a leaders’ debate for the upcoming state election.
They spoke about what their plans are to create good, secure jobs in WA.
Their visions for our state are very different.
WA Labor has a plan for jobs, which will create more than 50,000 jobs across the state.
Local jobs will be created for local workers through major projects including METRONET and Education Central and significant investments in hospitality. METRONET alone will provide over 10,000 local jobs and apprenticeships.
WA Labor has committed to making public sector employees who are on fixed-term and casual contracts permanent, including United Voice members in hospitals and schools.
And they will stop privatisation of our essential public services, privatisation which has led to job losses under the Barnett Government.
WA Labor will also invest more than $121 million to create an extra 300 education assistants, 50 Aboriginal and Islander education officers and 120 teachers.
On the other hand, Colin Barnett has seen unemployment in WA rise to the highest in the country. Under the Barnett Liberal Government, unemployment reached its highest level since 2002.
The Liberals have cut 1,200 jobs from WA hospitals, and nearly 2,000 jobs from the education sector.
This included cutting jobs for 1,000 education assistants, 110 Aboriginal and Islander education officers and over 800 teachers.
Apprenticeships under the Liberal Government have declined by 25% in 2015-16 alone.
But instead of directly addressing the issues, Barnett instead defended his party, saying that he had only broken one promise.
Last night, WA voters were faced with two very different leaders, and on March 11 they’ll be faced with a choice for their future.
It’s time to vote for a plan for jobs and elect a Mark McGowan Labor Government at this state election.
It’s time to say #ByeByeBarnett.