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Barnett fails to deliver

The Barnett government’s delivery of pre-election commitments has been given a fail mark from analysts with only 8 of 22 projects promised underway. Gary Adshead spoke to political analyst Martin Drum from the University of Notre Dame about the issue.

 

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The government has released a day by day election commitment chart that details the day, date, promise and state of that promise.

Read that government analysis here for yourself.

 

 

TUES 29 JAN

Free public transport for carers

  • A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will provide free travel on any Transperth bus, train or ferry during off-peak periods for carers 

FULFILLED (took effect May 2013)

 

WED 30 JAN

Improved safety for rockfishers

  • A Liberal Government if re-elected would provide $300,000 over three years to provide enhanced safety measures for rock fishers at popular locations along the WA coast 

ON TRACK ($300,000 over two years allocated in the 2013-2014 State Budget, measures being rolled out in consultation with local communities) 

 

SUN 3 FEB

Electronic school zone lights

  • A Liberal-led Government, if re-elected, will install electronic flashing speed signs at every 40kmh school zone across the State to improve the safety of Western Australian children at a cost of $36m over four years.  

ON TRACK ($36 million allocated to 2016-2017, rollout progressing)

 

WED 6 FEB (ISSUE OF THE WRITS)

Toughest penalties for violent home invasions

  • Liberal Government will introduce tough new mandatory minimum jail terms for any adult offender who commits serious physical or sexual assault during burglary; will also close three strikes burglary loophole

FULFILLED (Legislation introduced)

 

THURS 7 FEB

Announcement of new State CCTV Network

  • $13.5million for more CCTV cameras, establishment of a State CCTV Strategic Plan and centralised access meaning more cameras in more places

PENDING ($1.5m allocated for planning to date)

 

Palliative care

  • Increased funding by $20m over 4 years for palliative care

ON TRACK (Funding committed in 2013-14, 2014-15 Budgets through to 2016-17)

 

FRI 8 FEB

New liquor service laws

  • A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will give people the ability to purchase alcohol without a meal at restaurants

FULFILLED (new regulations effective July 1, 2013)

 

Edgewater train station multi-storey car park

  • $47m for multi-storey car park at Edgewater train station to encourage more use of affordable, public transport and help to reduce congestion on our roads

ON TRACK (Committed $46.5 million in 2013-2014 State Budget over three years for development and construction)

Tourism boost

  • $24m in additional tourism marketing over four years

ADJUSTED ($13m allocated from 2013-14 to 2016-17)

 

SAT 9 FEB

Announcement of China Town Revitalisation

  • $2million to revitalise Chinatown and laneways in Northbridge

FULFILLED (Funding allocated in 2013-14 Budget. New entry statement completed, stage 2 to follow)

 

SUN 10 FEB

Airport Rail

  • If re-elected, will build the $1.9b Forrestfield-Airport rail link transporting domestic and international passengers to Perth Airport’s front door by 2018

ADJUSTED ($683m committed over 4 years; delivery timeframe pushed back to 2020)

 

MON 11 FEB

MAX Light rail

  • If re-elected, will build the $1.8billion MAX Light Rail project by 2018

ADJUSTED (timeline for delivery adjusted to 2022; construction to start 2019)

 

River funding

  • $16.25m funding package for Swan and Canning Rivers

ADJUSTED ($3.5m over four years from 2013-14)

 

Funding for Hartfield Park sporting complex, Forrestfield

  • $6million makeover for Hartfield Sporting Complex with a new skate park, three new hockey fields, new soccer grounds, lighting and water harvesting

FULFILLED (Allocated $6.01 million over three years from 2013-2014. A Financial Assistance Agreement has been progressed with the Shire)

 

Funding announcement for undercover basketball facility at Mundaring Rec Centre

  • $3million for covered basketball courts in Mundaring

FULFILLED (Allocated $3 million from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016 for Mundaring Basketball Courts)

 

TUES 12 FEB

Announcement of Midland University

  • $22million and State Government land provided to help Curtin University establish Midland campus, including medical school

PENDING (Govt’s commitment reaffirmed last month; funding will be allocated as part of regular Budget processes once agreement has been reached with the Federal Government on the medical school)

 

WED 13 FEB (Bunbury)

Parks for People

  • Parks for People: $20m for more low-cost holiday options in national parks and reserves
  • Western Australian Parks Authority (WAPA) and Department of Environment Regulation (DER) to be created

FULFILLED ($40.7m from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program allocated in 2013-14 Budget for tourism and the environment, including $21m to improve camping and visitor facilities in WA’s national parks)

  • New $15m science/conservation headquarters to be built at Bunbury, including $3m for scientific/conservatory efforts at Leschenault Inlet

PENDING ($250,000 allocated in 2014-15 Budget for further planning/site evaluation)

 

Police Incentives

  • If re-elected, will provide $10.5m of incentives to attract police officers in hard-to-fill regional locations
  • Will introduce mandatory blood testing for offenders who bite/spit at police

FULFILLED ($10.5m over four years allocated in 2013-14 Budget for incentives via R4R; mandatory blood testing legislation introduced May 2014)

 

Coalfields Highway announcement

  • Another $28million for more upgrades to Coalfields Highway

ON TRACK ($27.5m allocation over four years in 2014-15 State Budget; environmental approvals progressing)

 

THURS 14 FEB

Additional parking at Osborne Park Hospital

  • Osborne Park Hospital to get up to 500 new car bays

ON TRACK ($3.5m allocated to deliver 500 bays)

 

FRI 15 FEB

Police Numbers

  • A Liberal Government will recruit a total of 720 police officers over the next four years if re-elected (720 officers will include 550 additional officers as well as the 170 officers the Government will recruit by 2013-14)

ON TRACK ($215m allocated in 2013-2014 Budget for additional 400 police and 150 police auxiliary officers; also covers the recruitment of remaining 170 officers from the 2008 commitment)

  • Accompanying $67m capital works upgrades to accommodate additional police- including $12.5m for Ballajura police station

ON TRACK ($67m Budget allocation over four years; Ballajura PS on track to start construction 2015/16)

 

Treendale Bridge

  • $18m for bridge over the Collie River to link Treendale and Eaton by 2016

ADJUSTED (construction to start 2016; delivery end 2017; funding committed under Safer Roads and Bridges program)

 

SAT 16 FEB

Greater protection for WA fire fighters

  • $12.3m for extra protective equipment in 667 firefighting vehicles that operate in high risk bushfire areas

ON TRACK ($12.3 million in 2013-2014 State Budget over four years; upgrades being rolled out)

 

SUN 17 FEB

Hoons

  • Hoon vehicles can be confiscated for a first offence on roads in built up areas if the offence affects other people or damages property
  • Additional resourcing for police and new covert CCTV cameras to catch hoons

ON TRACK (Legislation being drafted; expected to be introduced in second-half 2014; $170,000 allocated in 2014-15 Budget for CCTVs)

 

MON 18 FEB

Rapid Justice

  • streamlining criminal justice system and freeing up police to focus on the frontline through funding for night/Sunday courts and regional videolinks

ADJUSTED (funding allocated to operate Sunday court, regional video links; night courts not proceeding after consultation with judiciary)

 

Child Health Nurses

  • Additional 155 school nurses for WA schools

ON TRACK ($38m allocated in 2013-14 Budget to employ 110.6 metro FTE and 44.9 FTE by 2016-17)

 

TUES 19 FEB

FutureHealth

  • Liberals to invest an additional $30 million over four years in health and medical research

ADJUSTED ($12m allocated in 2013-14 Budget; remainder allocated from within Health Budget)

 

WED 20 FEB

Crime hotspots

  • $7.7million crime hotspots package to deliver greater police presence and rapid response
  • Additional police patrols and extra mobile police facilities in crime hotspots

PENDING (no Budget allocation)

 

Passing lanes- Gt Eastern Hwy

  • $48m for 15 passing lanes between Southern Cross and Kal-Boulder 

ON TRACK ($26m allocated to date; to be completed in conjunction with Walgoolan to Coolgardie upgrade and widening program- total $67.1m allocation)

 

THURS 21 FEB

More funding for ScreenWest

  • A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will commit $2million to ScreenWest to establish a new Production Attraction Program

FULFILLED ($2m allocated over four years from 2014-15)

 

FRI 22 FEB

Seniors Package

  • Liberals’ $200 CoLA to be extended to people in group living arrangements
  • Indexation of Country Age Pension Fuel Card

FULFILLED

  • Launch of $5.3million Grandcarers Support Scheme

ADJUSTED (funding allocation revised; scheme will cover all eligible grandcarers)

  • Extension of Seniors Safety and Security rebate

ADJUSTED (funding allocation revised, rebate focused on personal safety devices)

 

Women’s refuges

  • A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will build two new refuges in Perth to house women

and their children escaping domestic violence

ON TRACK ($3.5m capital and operating funding allocated for first refuge in 2013-14 Budget; awaiting decision on second site)

 

SUN 24 FEB

Nurses Pay

  • A re-elected Liberal Government will give nurses a 14 per cent pay rise over three years

FULFILLED

 

More funding for PCYCs

-A re-elected Liberal Government  will provide $10million in infrastructure funding to PCYC and

30 police officers to work with young offenders/at-risk youth

FULFILLED ($10m allocated over two years in 2014-15 Budget)

 

MON 25 FEB

Science Package

  • Once in a generation investment opportunity includes $15million for Scitech’s new home, $428million new museum and continuing support of SKA

ON TRACK ($5m in 2013-14, plus $225m over four years allocated in 2014-15 Budget to deliver new museum by 2020; Govt remains committed to new Scitech location, with Budget allocation subject to site selection and agreement by both parties)

 

Agriculture 

  • $40million in funding to boost biosecurity and research and development

ON TRACK (2x $20m committed as part of $300m R4R allocation over four years from 2013-14)

 

TUES 26 FEB

Perth to Darwin Hwy (NorthLink WA)

  • Funding to start construction of new highway to redirect trucks away from the Swan Valley

ON TRACK ($32m allocated in 2013-14 + $641.6m over four years from 2014-15 – including Fed funding)

 

Payroll tax relief

  • Increase threshold to $800,000 in 2014-15; $850,000 by 2016-17

FULFILLED (funding allocation in 2013-14 Budget)

 

WED 27 FEB

More road safety measures

  • A re-elected Liberal Government will spend $22.6million over four years to build nine new passing lanes on Albany Highway to improve road safety on the Great Southern’s major thoroughfare

ON TRACK (full allocation in 2014-15 Budget over 3 years)

  • $12m to upgrade Great  Eastern Hwy, Mundaring

ON TRACK (funding committed in 2014-15 Budget)

 

Joondalup Arena

  • Liberals announce $20million multi-sport expansion of Joondalup Arena ($11million for new basketball centre, $8million for new West Perth football club, $600,000 for new netball courts and $400,000 for new rugby field

ON TRACK (full allocation committed in 2013-2014 Budget over four years) 

 

THUR 28 FEB

Residential reforms

  • Revised Residential Design Codes to allow non-residents to occupy granny flats and increase allowable floor space

FULFILLED (adopted in August 2013)

 

FRI 1 MAR

Emergency rescue helicopter

  • Funding for new rescue helicopter to service the communities of the South-West and the Great Southern

ON TRACK ($15.3m in capital and recurrent funding allocated in 2013-14 Budget for delivery in 2015-16)

 

SAT 2 MAR (Collie)

Bike Paths

  • Complete Principal Shared Path Bicycle Network

ON TRACK ($47.1m allocated for principal shared paths, plus local government grants over 4 years)

 

SUN 3 MAR

KidsCulture Package

  • A Liberal Government will introduce a new $3.4million KidsCulture program to engage Western Australian children in need to a range of dance, arts, music and theatre activities, starting with trials Albany and Stirling.

ON TRACK ($140,000 allocated for pilot programs in Albany and Stirling; further funding to be allocated once trials complete)

 

Community Gardens

  • Liberals commit $400,000 over four years to establish more community gardens

FULFILLED (full allocation in 2013-14 Budget)

 

ACROD Permits

  • Govt to support >67,000 West Australians with a disability through free ACROD permits

FULFILLED (allocated in 2013-14 Budget)

 

Underground Power

  • $30m over four years to continue undergrounding power lines

ON TRACK ($10m/yr through to 2017-18; stage 6 being rolled out)

 

MON 4 MAR

Graffiti Policy

  • A re-elected Liberal Government will ensure adult and juvenile offenders will have to clean up graffiti they cause

PENDING (Legislation anticipated to be introduced in the second half of the year; funding to be allocated as part of Budget processes once legislation passed)

 

Health for the regions

  • Full-time health professional for Fitzroy Crossing

ON TRACK (funding allocated over four years as part of 2013-14)

  • $8m for regional ear health

ON TRACK ($6m over four years in the 2013-14 Budget)

 

TUES 5 MAR

Training Package

  • A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will develop a new strategic direction for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools to better equip students and improve the quality of training and apprenticeships on offer

FULFILLED (reforms announced 9 April 2014)

 

Centennial Park

  • $8.75m for Albany’s Centennial Park development

PENDING (awaiting Budget allocation)

 

Government Accommodation

  • A re-elected Liberal Government would move more than 500 State Government employees to a new building in the heart of Joondalup

PENDING (business cases being prepared)

 

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