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Once again Western Australia is open for business.

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Once again Western Australia is open for business.

The announcement that the Liberal and National Parties will form government in Western Australia is wonderful news as it will return WA to its rightful place as the ‘can do’ State of the nation.

Shadow Resources and Energy Minister Senator David Johnston said after eight hard years of Labor a real sense of excitement has gripped WA.

“Under Labor we saw so many opportunities lost because they were hell bent in placing obstacles in the way of sustainable economic development,” Senator Johnston said.

Senator Johnston said this was evident in the most recent Fraser Institute World Risk Survey which showed that WA’s rating as a favourable place to undertake mining ventures had slumped to 25th place - in just three short years the rating had dropped from a respectable 11th place.

“The massive Inpex project off the West Kimberley coast is a glaring example where government driven indecision and ambivalence has caused the project partners to look beyond the obvious location off the WA coast to ship the gas all the way to Darwin,” Senator Johnston said.

The Inpex project is expected to bring with it 4,000 jobs and inject $50 billion over 20 years into the Australian economy.

“In the dying months of the Labor Government Inpex announced enough was enough, they would rather transport the gas to the Darwin Harbour instead of their preferred option at the Maret Islands, just off the West Kimberley coast.”

Senator Johnston said he was confident Premier-elect Colin Barnett would get the Inpex project back on track and located exactly where it should be.

“Colin Barnett is a can-do man and an experienced former Resources Minister - I share the optimism of the mining, oil and gas industries that we will see significant advances in the encouragement of new projects for WA.”

Media contact: Rebecca Horton 0427 449 120

Rebecca Horton Media Adviser Senator the Hon David Johnston Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy, Tourism

Mob: 0427 449 120