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Resource boom leaves many families behind

"WA's booming economy, driven by growth in the mining and energy industries, has not benefited most West Australian families," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

New figures released by the Greens today show low wage growth in most sectors of the WA economy, a decline in housing affordability and an escalation in rental prices, together with unemployment rates in Perth and many regional centres comparable to those experienced during the recession of the '90s.

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Yet another brickworks?

I rise tonight to talk about the brickworks at the airport bushland in Western Australia.

As with all of Australia's principal airports, Perth Airport is on Commonwealth land. Unlike most other capital cities, however, much of that land remains bushland. The airport is of extremely high conservation value. It is highly biodiverse and has one of the largest areas of uncleared bushland left in the metropolitan area. A large part of it is listed under the WA Bush Forever plan.

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Don't dump on the Territory

Before I commence my comments I would like to address the rather cheap shot that Senator Troeth had at the Greens for not attending hearings of the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee. It is outrageous and a hide when they called so many committee meetings that week. I was in another committee hearing, welfare to work, so could not attend two places at once, as much as I would have liked to. I also missed out on going to the native title committee hearings and the environment committee meetings on salinity-issues very dear to my heart.

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