The State Government has labelled Labor’s plan to guarantee local workers are employed on resources projects as ‘empty talk’.
The Opposition Leader Mark McGowan says he will introduce legislation to ensure the state’s major resources projects employ local workers over foreign ones if it wins the state election next March.
The Commerce and Finance Minister, Simon O’Brien, says such legislation would be a waste of time.
“Look, all the legislation that the Labor party is proposing is just going to create more red tape and discourage business activity,” he said.
“We’ve been getting on with real action; the runs are on the board, you know there’s $20 billion of resources contracts gone to local companies since July.”
Mr O’Brien says with so many contracts already underway, there is no need for such legislation.
“In fact, under the West Australian Government this state has created five times as many jobs as the rest of Australia put together; that’s real action and real policy,” he said.
“So, I don’t think the new Labor bill, which has already been rejected once by the Parliament, has got much to offer at all.”
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