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Question Without Notice No. 1115 asked in the Legislative Council on 26 September 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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HOUSING — REGIONAL TAX CONCESSIONS

1115. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the Premier's comments in The West Australian demanding that the Morrison government immediately rule out a proposal to slash tax concessions for remote housing, and arguing that the plan would kill regional mining towns. In the same vein, will the Premier consider bringing in legislation, similar to Queensland's state-based legislation, that will minimise the number of fly in, fly out workers, so that regional mining towns can once again prosper?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

It is important to note that the Queensland legislation the member refers to only prohibits companies from having 100 per cent of their workforce—that is, their entire workforce—made up of fly in, fly out workers. This would allow for all but one worker, on any given site, being fly in, fly out. Furthermore, in Queensland, this applies only to operational projects that are within 100 kilometres of a locality with a population of more than 200 people. Given the limitations of the Queensland legislation, the government believes it would not have a positive impact in Western Australia. However, the government is focused on working directly with the sector and delivering practical outcomes, such as the Karratha local jobs portal, to create more employment opportunities through supporting regional centres and residential workforces. The government's priority is ensuring that jobs are created for locals and investment continues in regional Western Australia.