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Transparency wiped off the map as Labor tries to mask regional cuts

Labor’s crusade against Royalties for Regions has escalated after the McGowan Government torpedoed an interactive map allowing regional Western Australians to view where investment was being targeted.

The interactive map - previously located at http://rfrmap.drd.wa.gov.au/ - was launched by The Nationals while in government as a way of providing transparent and readily accessible data about Royalties for Regions.

Leader Mia Davies said the removal of the map further reduced transparency of where Royalties for Regions was being spent, if t all.  

“The Minister for Regional Development is attempting to hoodwink regional Western Australians by shrouding government decisions to cut regional funding in secrecy,” Ms Davies said.

“The Labor Government does not want voters to be able to access a map bursting with investment decisions made by the prior government to be held up against their record of cutting Royalties for Regions to pay for Perth election promises such as Metronet.”

Ms Davies said despite the Premier’s claim his government would employ “gold standard transparency”, Labor was trying to sweep its regional funding cuts under the rug.

“With $861 million cut from Royalties for Regions in just seven months in government, Labor is just getting started,” Ms Davies said.

“We’ve seen ruthless cuts to the Boarding Away from Home Allowance, the scrapping of CPI increase to the Country Age Pension Fuel Card, funding stripped from Community Resource Centres and plugging Budget holes with Royalties for Regions money.

“The sabotage of the interactive map is just another ploy by Labor to sully the waters around their ultimate Perth-first agenda and, sadly, we can only expect more of the same until The Nationals win back government.” 

Media enquiries: Alex Massey 0418 688 733 e: alex.massey@losp.wa.gov.au

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