Colin Barnett yesterday promised $22 million and land to help Curtin University establish a campus at Midland but it hinges on the Federal Government approving the university's plan for a medical school.
Flanked by candidates from a raft of eastern suburbs electorates, Mr Barnett pledged the money and land at the Midland Railway Workshops for a peppercorn rent to Curtin to establish a satellite campus for 600 students.
As well as the medical school, which Mr Barnett said would benefit from its proximity to the new Midland Hospital, Curtin might offer first and second year classes in business, education and engineering.
Curtin vice-chancellor Jeanette Hackett described a Midland campus as a "sustainable proposition" if the medical school was established.
The Federal Government, which would need to approve a medical school, has no plans to increase the number of medical places and the Australian Medical Association described the promise as an "empty undertaking".
"The State Government knows a decision on any new medical school is one for the Federal Government that has not yet been made and is not close to being made," AMA WA president Richard Choong said.
Labor leader Mark McGowan yesterday pledged $3 million to give South Fremantle Senior High School a specialist science focus in a bid to boost enrolments.