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Question Without Notice No. 152 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 March 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 13 March 2019

PLAN FOR JOBS — TREASURY FORECASTS

152. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Treasurer:

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?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided by the Treasurer.

(1) 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.

(2) No.

(3) Yes—as per the 2018–19 midyear review.

(4) Yes.

(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.