Premier in print

I WILL be joining other Premiers in Canberra at the end of this week, November 2 and 3, for the Leaders’ Forum and Council of Australian Governments Meetings.

A number of important issues are on the agenda but there is still considerable concern that other significant issues will not be debated.

As we approach the Centenary of our Federation, it is disappointing that it has been 18 months between Premiers’ conferences.

The Premiers and the Prime Minister should be meeting regularly on crucial national issues instead of the continuing centralising of power in Canberra.

Issues that I’d like to see debated include long-term energy strategies for the nation, the regulatory framework governing telecommunications and data transmission and illegal immigration, to name a few.

SOME major changes taking place in Midland are set to ensure the area’s future as one of Western Australia’s most important regional centres.

I had the pleasure last week of opening the new communications facility for BAE SYSTEMS, in the former Midland Railway Workshops.

The high-tech, multi-national company, which is one of the world’s biggest defence contractors and aerospace businesses, has a multi-million dollar contract to provide Computer Aided Dispatch and Communications for the Police Service.

Their decision to locate their business at Midland is a significant milestone in the development of the workshops as a precinct for leading edge, high-technology industry.

The CADCOM project is a major investment by the Government to give our police the state-of-the art equipment they need to combat crime.

ONE of the world’s biggest sports promoters, the International Management Group, is also planning to set up an office in Perth.

The company will underwrite and manage a major new international golf tournament that will be held in Perth from November 15 to 18, next year.

This is a new and exciting event for Perth and, with its timing in Week 46 of the ANZ Tour and just before the Holden Australian Open, it has the potential to attract high profile players.

The inaugural event is still to be named, but it will be a highlight of EventsCorp’s new 2001 Best on Earth in Perth calendar that showcases Western Australia’s international sporting and cultural events.

WE had the chance to see what’s coming up on the cultural side of the calendar when the program for the next Perth International Arts Festival was launched at the University of WA.

There is a fascinating diversity on offer in the 2001 program which starts on January 26 with the Lotto Skyworks and continues for three busy weeks.

The Festival is the highlight of our arts calendar and the State Government is very pleased to support it, working in partnership with so many local businesses and other sponsors.

A street parade will be held in Perth at lunchtime on November 3 to celebrate the success of Western Australia’s Paralympians.

Thirty-two Western Australians were among the incredibly successful Australian Paralympian team.

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