CCI welcomes WA Labor’s new Cabinet

16 March, 2017

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) has welcomed the announcement of incoming WA Premier Mark McGowan’s new 17-member Government ministry.

CCI Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott said “the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Western Australian business community congratulate the new ministers on their appointments and look forward to working with all members of the new ministry to make WA a leading place to live and do business.”

CCI will engage the newly-elected ministers on key issues such as infrastructure planning, local content and further empowering the state’s defence industry.

“CCI looks forward to working with the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, Minister-designate for Planning and Infrastructure on WA Labor’s commitment to establish Infrastructure WA and implement a 20-year infrastructure strategy,” Ms Willmott said.

“CCI has long-called for such a long-term plan as businesses need greater certainty to invest in big projects which create jobs for WA workers. An independent, bipartisan infrastructure body will also be able to boost transparency around infrastructure funding to ensure that funds allocated will provide the widest benefit to the greatest number of West Australians.”

Business will also look forward to continuing to work closely with the Hon Paul Papalia MLA, Minister-designate for Tourism, Racing and Gaming, Small Business, Defence Issues, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, both in order to achieve the best settings for WA’s small and medium sized businesses and to promote WA’s world-class defence industry.

The incoming Premier’s portfolio areas of public sector management, state development, jobs and trade and federal-state relations are also of key interest to WA business including legislating the WA Industry Participation Plan Act, to ensure small and medium sized contractors get full, fair and reasonable access to government contract opportunities.

Business also welcomed Mark McGowan’s election commitment to place ‘no new taxes on West Australians’ or ‘increase taxes on West Australians.’ Four out of five jobs in WA are created by the private sector, so CCI is pleased that no new or increased taxes will be leveraged on the business community.

Media contact: Kate Hodges – 0448 928 227