Premier in Print

THE spring session of State Parlia-ment is now well under way with a busy program ahead.

Debates will cover a range of key government initiatives this session, including native title and the removal of uncertainty on land access and the proposed sale of AlintaGas and Westrail.

Interestingly, one of the other issues ahead of us, Constitutional change, also dominated the early years of our first parliaments more than 100 years ago as they also looked forward to the new century.

With the Federal referendum in November, we’ll be looking closely at what the result will mean for Western Australia and any subsequent legislative action that may be required.

Since we came to office, the Coali-tion Government has worked hard to ensure Western Australians have had the opportunity to learn more about our constitutional and political processes.

As part of this, we’ve held Constitu-tional Forums throughout the state and established Australia’s first Constitu-tional Centre.

These provide valuable insights into how our current system developed and a solid basis for determining which way we want to go in the future.

IT HAS been fascinating to note the diversity of people who signed the comment book after seeing the display for the new Maritime Museum at Fremantle.

Responses from local people as well as other parts of the state and Australia were interspersed with comments by tourists from countries including America, Japan, the UK and Holland.

Most of the comments were positive, ranging from one word endorsements to more detailed points about the height and character of the building.

In total, almost 500 comments on the Maritime Museum plans were received.

There’s no doubt the project will be a world-class attraction and an impressive example of Western Australia’s architectural talent.

PERTH will have the cleanest fuel regime in Australia when the new fuel specification standards take effect from January next year.

Under the standards, Western Austra-lia will be the first state in Australia to eliminate lead from all petrol sold and achieve Euro II standards in diesel fuel.

The new standards, which will help provide a cleaner environment for all Western Australians, were prepared in consultation with the oil companies in Western Australia as well as the RAC and the Motor Traders’ Association.

PRIME Minister John Howard confirmed recently that the Queen will visit Australia next year.

I have written to the Prime Minister advising that we would be honoured if the Queen would include Western Australia in her visit planned for the second half of March.

Unfortunately, the Queen was not able to come here last time she was in Australia and it is more than ten years since she was last in Perth.

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