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Question Without Notice No. 1090 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 September 2019 by Hon Simon O’Brien

Minister responding: Hon M. McGowan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 25 September 2019

SCHOOLS — MAINTENANCE

1090. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade:

I refer to the minister's recent media statement announcing $200 million of works to be carried out in Western Australia's 789 state schools, an initiative that he claimed will result in the creation of 3 150 jobs.

(1) While acknowledging that such a program will deliver welcome opportunities for local tradespeople, will the minister explain how it is calculated that 3 150 new jobs will be created?

(2) What is the definition of a ''new job'' or ''job created'' in the context of the minister's announcement?

(3) Will the employment statistics of Western Australia display a permanent increase of 3 150 employees in the future as a result of this initiative; and, if not, what will it display?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

(1) The job creation estimate is based on the expected labour component of the total maintenance package.

(2) In the previous government's last financial year, 2016–17, $117 million was allocated to maintenance. In the government's last financial year, 2018–19, $128 million was spent on maintenance. The $200 million package is in addition to the normal maintenance spend, which will create new jobs.

(3) Since coming to government in 2017, over 50 000 new jobs have been created in Western Australia and this package —

Several members interjected.

The PRESIDENT: Order!

Hon SUE ELLERY: Why do you not like creating new jobs? Why do you not like spending maintenance money on schools? What is your problem?

Several members interjected.

The PRESIDENT: Order! Time is limited and other people want to ask questions. Minister, if you would finish your reply, please.

Hon SUE ELLERY: Certainly, Madam President. If they want to waste their own time, that is up to them.

Since coming to government in 2017, over 50 000 new jobs have been created in Western Australia and this package will help continue that trend.