While Labor spent their Sunday appealing to West Australians’ emotions by promising to fund cancer research and specialists, the Liberals were spruiking plans to further loosen the red tape on shopping laws.
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan announced Labor would allocate $100 million over four years to provide more doctors, nurses and research to combat cancer.
The package includes $45 million for cancer staff, $40 million for medical research, $10 million for asbestos-related cancer prevention, and $5 million to help low income earners with cancer-related travel.
Mr McGowan said the funding would lead to shorter wait lists to see specialists and encourage more specialists to practice in WA.
The asbestos funding would also establish a register to identify the location and amount of asbestos in WA, and the deadly material’s safe removal, he said.
Mr McGowan dodged polling questions saying he was focused on working hard on winning the March 9 election.
Latest poll results show the Liberals well in front as preferred party.
“If that poll is accurate, well then, the people of Western Australia will have an arrogant and out-of-touch government for the next four years,” Mr McGowan said.
He also said Labor’s Metronet public transport project would be submitted to Treasury to be costed on Monday or Tuesday.
Premier Colin Barnett, was quiet on Sunday and left it to his Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien to make the Liberals’ major campaign announcement - allowing small retailers to employ more staff and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Mr O’Brien said the Liberals would increase the number of shops a small retailer could own and the number of staff they could hire but still qualify as a small retailer and operate longer.
To qualify as a small retailer now, a shop owner cannot own more than three shops and cannot have more than 18 staff on the floor.
Under the Liberals plan the maximum number of stores would increase to four and the staff to 25.
They also announced funding for school chaplains would increase by $2.36 million over four years, as well as $4 million over four years for schools to create private counselling rooms for psychologists, chaplains and nurses.
It also pledged $10 million to refurbish PCYC buildings and an additional 30 specialist police officers to work with PCYCs and schools in high crime areas. The Liberals have already promised 720 new officers over the next four years.
A specific children’s court will also be established, with powers to refer offenders to PCYC programs.