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WA Opposition leader Mark McGowan says he’d sign up to a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial in a heartbeat, unlike the State’s current “downright obstructionist” leader.

Premier Colin Barnett hasn’t followed other Australian States in signing up to trial the scheme, but Labor Leader Mr McGowan says he will if he wins the State election next month.

“He’s been downright obstructionist towards this,” Mr McGowan told ABC radio this morning.

“We have a good system here but that’s not to say the system couldn’t be better.”

He said WA hadn’t shown the same good faith as other states, but he would absolutely sign up to a trial of the NDIS.

“That’s one of the things I want to co-operate with the Commonwealth on,” he said.

“You don’t always have to fight the Commonwealth. You can stand up to them when needed.

“But some things - the NDIS, occupational health and safety laws - I think there are strong arguments to be part of a national approach.”

If Labor won the March 9 poll, Mr McGowan said it was possible the party would introduce no-fault insurance to provide additional protection for people injured in motor accidents and bring WA in line with NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.

But this could make premiums skyrocket, so it would have to be done in a way that kept premiums down, Mr McGowan said.

The West Australian

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