Communities in the south west have been let down by the failure of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFFP) MPs to do their job in holding the Liberal-National Government to account, South West Labor MP Sally Talbot said today.
Speaking after the SFFP missed the deadline in State Parliament for debating key issues of concern to MPs who are not members of the government, Dr Talbot said she was astonished that SFFP MPs could not find any issues to talk about.
"Non-Government Business is the chance every week to bring up issues that the Liberal-National Government does not want to discuss," Dr Talbot said.
"This week it was the turn of the SFF Party to lead the debate, but they failed to come up with anything to talk about and the session was cancelled.
"This is astonishing.
"Everywhere I go in the south west people are furious about the mismanagement, broken promises and wrong priorities of the Barnett-Grylls Government.
"Whether it's the Government's support for fracking in the SW, the lack of apprenticeships and training opportunities throughout the SW or the crisis in the dairy industry, there's no shortage of issues to confront the Government with.
"Everyone knows we are not getting our fair share of Royalties for Regions funding, yet even this doesn't seem to interest the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party."
Dr Talbot said it was hard to work out if the SFF MPs had been pressured by the Government not to raise problematic issues, or whether they had simply failed to come up with anything to submit for debate.
"This is a part of the parliamentary timetable specifically reserved for MPs who do not support the Government," she said.
"It appears that the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MPs don't see themselves in this role, and I know that will be a big letdown to many people in the south west who know that you only get good decisions when governments are held to account.
"It's clear that the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers have walked away from this role, and I think that's a great shame," she added.