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Former WA treasurer and Opposition leader Eric Ripper has called for private competition in WA's water market and an extensive review into the rental crisis gripping Perth.

During his valedictory speech to Parliament yesterday, Mr Ripper said the Water Corporation's monopoly on the State's water supplies should be overturned.

He called for private companies to be able to bid for smaller water projects.

The member for Belmont, who will retire at the March election after 25 years in politics, foreshadowed the privatisation of Verve and Fremantle Ports would come on the agenda in the next parliamentary term.

"Someone is going to advance the proposition that those entities should be sold and the monies put towards infrastructure investment," he said.

And he said a wide-ranging review by the Economic Regulation Authority was needed to try to rein in the "horrendous" cost of rents in WA.

Mr Ripper, a former State School Teachers Union organiser, thanked union leaders who had been "unfairly demonised for their important role in our society".

The West Australian

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