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Is Tony Abbott about to give WA old growth forests the chop?

Tony Abbott has deployed his old growth forest logging advocate to Perth today, Federal Labor has learned.  After saying this week that Australia has “too much locked up forest” in our national parks, Mr Abbott has deployed his Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck to Perth. Senator Colbeck is a key advocate for removing World Heritage protection for some parts of Tasmanian forests. Continue reading

Let's send Tony Abbott a message that WA won't stand for his Cuts and Attacks

Senator PRATT (Western Australia) (13:49): As the nation knows, Western Australia has a historic senate election underway. It is an unprecedented event in our nation's political history. I am very pleased to be a candidate, proud to be a Western Australian Labor senator here to stand up for my home state, a place I grew up in and have lived in all my life. This election gives Western Australia a chance to send a strong message to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Premier Colin Barnett that Western Australians will not stand for their broken promises. With the mining boom slowing, the Abbott and Barnett governments should be investing in Western Australia to build more rail, road and energy infrastructure, not cutting jobs and services as they are doing. Western Australia is already paying its fair share. The people of my great home state should not have to put up with two Liberal governments breaking their promises and commitments. This election cannot change the government, but it is a very real opportunity to vote for a Senate that can hold Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his government to account. Continue reading