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Boost for CCTV network
Premier Colin Barnett and Police Minister Liza Harvey suffer a bee problem at their press conference on CCTV cameras in Maylands this afternoon. Picture: Steve Ferrier /The West Australian

The Liberal Party continued its law and order re-election theme yesterday by making a $13.5 million commitment to a CCTV strategy for WA.

Most of the money - $8.5 million - would go towards upgrading the police CCTV co-ordination centre in Maylands.

The remaining $5 million would be paid in grants to install CCTV networks across the suburbs.

The announcement by Premier Colin Barnett and Police Minister Liza Harvey was gatecrashed by two people dressed as giant bees protesting over the cost of parking for nurses at the State's public hospitals.

"When I had a look at the CCTV programs available across the State it's nothing short of a dog's breakfast," Mrs Harvey said.

She said she agreed with a report by the Auditor-General's office in 2011 that CCTV planning was "piecemeal". "I see it being used to great effect," she said.

"I think it can be done better."

But Labor derided the election promise, arguing the money would be better spent on "cops on the beat".

"The Government's failure to fulfil their promise of an extra 500 police has directly contributed to the increase in crime," shadow police minister Michelle Roberts said.