Premier in Print

IN THE six years since the Coalition Government was elected in Western Australia we have worked hard to rebuild our economy and establish a strong basis for continued growth.

We have tackled an extensive range of reforms in areas as contentious as industrial relations, financial management and the environment.

It is no accident our state economy has led the nation over this period and is one of the strongest in our region.

Similarly, the Federal Government has also been tackling reform and, with good financial management, has brought in a substantial Budget surplus and provided opportunities for more improvement.

Among them is the proposed tax reform package which gives us the opportunity for long-awaited changes to our tax system and to the federal-state revenue sharing arrangements.

It is a financial plan designed to take us into the new millennium.

It is a plan that would allow us in Western Australia to abolish FID, BAD and a whole range of stamp duties in return for having the GST revenues instead of relying on Federal grants.

We will be missing a magnificent opportunity for reform if the tax reform plans do not go ahead.

SUBMISSIONS and comments are continuing to come in for the final design of Western Australia’s Millen-nium Project, the Swan Bells, as part of the Barrack Square Redevelopment.

I’ve always believed it is a great shame we don’t make greater use of our beautiful river right on the doorstep of the city. This project is part of an ongoing plan to change that, providing easier access to the river as well as developing more facilities and attractions on the riverfront.

The two designs for the Swan Bells project will be on display in the foyer of the Perth City Council building in St Georges Terrace until 4 June. They are also featured on the Internet.

JUST two months after some of the worst weather to hit our state, I was amazed at the rebuilding work that’s been done when I visited Onslow and Exmouth recently.

There have been some remarkable efforts by so many people.

Reconstruction of Exmouth’s tourist accommodation was about two-thirds complete and services in the township were almost back to normal. In Onslow, earthworks on the town foreshore, which was badly hit, had been finished and the caravan park was back in full operation.

It is an impressive effort.

WESTERN Australians have again shown their generosity in response to a support hotline set up to take offers of help for the Kosovar refugees coming to Perth.

Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Board told me there were more than 1,000 calls in the first three days after the line was set up.

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