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Labor promises free internet on trains
Labor leader Mark McGowan. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian

The State Opposition attempted to win over young voters today with a promise to spend $1 million installing free Wi-Fi on Perth trains.

Labor leader Mark McGowan said the funding commitment would be in preparation for METRONET, the Opposition's plan for a rail network across the metropolitan area.

Over three years, $1 million would be spent to deck out 10 trains with free internet.

"Any new trains ordered would also be installed with Wi-Fi capability with the intention of improving or expanding it throughout the entire METRONET rail network," Mr McGowan said.

He said free Wi-Fi was one way of tackling congestion by luring people out of cars and on to the public transport system.

Mr McGowan hoped the announcement would appeal to young voters after new figures from the WA Electoral Commission showed WA was among the nation's worst youth voter rates.

At 65.8 per cent, it is sitting about 10 per cent below the national average of 76.9 per cent.

WA Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately said research showed just over 1.6 million West Australians will be eligible to vote at the March 9 election but 225,000 are not on the electoral roll.

"Elections stimulate enrolment but with census figures suggesting 1,800 people are moving into the State every week, it remains a big challenge."