Liberal members split on job creation debate

Mick Murray.

Mick Murray.

The Liberal party has been split in it's view of the state government's ability to provide jobs and lift the economy, after a motion was moved to condemn the Labor Government

Earlier this month opposition leader Liza Harvey moved a motion to condemn the state government for failing to provide job creating initiatives during its term and continuing ongoing domestic recession.

During the motion, it was claimed by Liberal member David Honey that the state government was going to "kill Collie" and local member Mick Murray had no idea about the town.

Mr Murray hit back at the motion and claims and said the Labor Government started from behind due to the oppositions mismanagement of the economy during its term.

"I can only respond to David Honey's suggestion this Government will "kill Collie" with disbelief because the Liberal Party has sat on its hands and ignored the challenges facing the coal and power industries when it has had opportunities to do something," he said.

"This Government is being proactive in Collie in an effort to attract new industries to town and create new opportunities for locals who show initiative.

"We are already bolstering the town's tourism economy through investment in trails and a lot of hard work continues to go into attracting new primary industries to town through the Collie Futures Fund and the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund - as well as other initiatives."

However, despite the condemnation by Liberal members in parliament, not all of the party's members agree with the motion.

Liberal MLC Dr Steve Thomas said he admired the economic diversification projects the state government had been implemented in Collie.

"What Alannah Mactiernan is trying to do in diversification for Collie is worthy of support and I think she and I agree the solution (for Collie) is not one easy answer but a larger number of smaller projects," he said.

"There is more to be done, of course, but I'm prepared to give her the time to deliver on that intent.

"I'm happy to work with (the state government) to get good projects off the ground, but not every project is good.

"In the meantime we need to manage the economy and it's impacts."