New ministers take the reins

22 March, 2017

CCI Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott congratulated the incoming cabinet appointees after newly elected Premier Mark McGowan unveiled his 17-member ministry last week.

McGowan himself will take on the portfolios of public sector management, state development, jobs and trade and federal-state relations.

Ben Wyatt will become the country’s first ever indigenous treasurer while also taking on the finance portfolio and Aboriginal affairs.  

Like his predecessor Mike Nahan, Wyatt will also become Energy Minister.

Rita Saffioti will be Minister for Transport; Planning; and Lands while Bill Johnston has been assigned the portfolios of Asian Engagement; Commerce and Industrial Relations; and Electoral Affairs.

Peter Tinley was initially granted the Mines and Petroleum portfolio before the party revealed there may be a conflict of interest due to one of his family members working in the oil and gas industry and handed it to Johnston to avoid any conflicts.

Former Gallop Government Transport Minister Alannah MacTiernan will become Minister for Regional Development; and Agriculture and Food as well as Minister Assisting the Minster for State Development; and Jobs and Trade.

Paul Papalia will take on the important portfolios of Tourism, Small Business and Defence Issues as well as Racing and Gaming; and Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs while Stephen Dawson was appointed Environment and Disability Services Minister

CCI Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott says she looks forward to working with all members of the new ministry to make WA a leading place to live and do business.

She says CCI will engage the newly-elected ministers on key issues such as infrastructure planning, local content and further empowering the State’s defence industry.

“CCI looks forward to working with the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, Minister-designate for Planning and Infrastructure on WA Labor’s commitment to establish Infrastructure WA and implement a 20-year infrastructure strategy,” Willmott says.

“CCI has long-called for such a long-term plan as businesses need greater certainty to invest in big projects which create jobs for WA workers.

“An independent, bipartisan infrastructure body will also be able to boost transparency around infrastructure funding to ensure that funds allocated will provide the widest benefit to the greatest number of West Australians.”

Business also welcomes McGowan’s election commitment to place ‘no new taxes on West Australians’ or ‘increase taxes on West Australians’.