PLAN FOR JOBS — TREASURY FORECASTS
152. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the
I refer to the Premier's
speech in which he plans to generate ''at least'' 150 000 new
jobs by 2023–24.
(1) Is the
Premier's jobs pledge hyper-optimistic?
(2) Is Treasury
expecting the current mini commodity boom to continue unabated?
(3) Is Treasury expecting mining and
business investment to accelerate?
(4) Is Treasury expecting
immigration into WA to accelerate?
(5) Is the state government going to
increase spending on infrastructure and services?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided by the
government's targets are ambitious, especially when viewed against the
record of the previous Liberal–National government, which did not
create a single job in its second term of office.
(3) Yes—as per the 2018–19
(5) As per the
2018–19 midyear review, general government expenses are forecast to
increase from $30.7 billion in 2018–19 to $31.6 billion in 2021–22,
while asset investment spending over 2018–19 to 2021–22 is
forecast to total $21.9 billion.