State Conference – Actions from Motions

CWA State Conference 2017 – Feedback

We have received feedback from various Government representatives in relation to the 2017 Conference Motions, as below. The branches submitting the motions have been notified of the responses, and asked to decide if they wish to continue with further representations.  Should members of other branches want to take the matter further, they should contact the relevant branch to discuss this, and to provide any additional or new research so that these points can be used to promote the case.  The Association thanks the branches concerned for enabling us to bring these matters to the attention of Government.

Motion 1 from Balingup Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) requests Local, State, and Federal Governments to ban plastic shopping bags and the releasing of balloons at events which end up entering our waterways and wilderness”.
Members passed Motion 1 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
The WA Government and Federal Government have both now responded.

Motion 4 from Champion Bay Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) urge the State and Federal Governments to prioritise the improvement of reliable internet services to rural areas in WA”.
Members passed Motion 4 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
The WA Government has now responded.  A letter has also been received from Minister MacTiernan Motion 4 Minister MacTiernan Internet Services

Motion 5 from Claremont Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) requests that the Australian Funeral Directors’ Association make it a requirement for its members to provide first aid training for their staff so that any medical issues at a funeral could be dealt with and an ambulance be called if deemed necessary.”
Members passed Motion 5 at Conference, and a letter was sent from State Office to the AFDA.
The Australian Funeral Directors’ Association has now responded.

Motion 7 from Esperance Bay & Districts Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) reqquest the Australia Department of Immigration to change the process of application for an International Driving Permit (IDP) for use in Australia by requiring applicants to pass on online Australian Driving Theory Test.”   Members passed Motion 7 at Conference.  Minister for Transport; Planning and Lands has replied:  Motion 7 Esperance Bay & Districts Minister Saffioti

Motion 13 from Mount Barker Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) request the Government of Western Australia review the Patient Assisted Travel (PATS) payment to be more in line with the cost of accommodation and travel for patients travelling for treatment.”
Members passed Motion 13 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office. The following letter was received from Minister Cook:  Motion 13 Minister Cook PATS

Motion 15 from Nyabing Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) requests the Government of Western Australia to introduce a bill to legalise assisted dying in Western Australia, to be carried out with strong safeguards and protections to patients, healthcare professionals and families”.
Members passed Motion 15 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
The WA Government have noted our position on the issue, please see Nyabing M.15 response

Motion 16 from Toodyay Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) requests the WA Minister for Local Government contact all WA local Governments and remind them of their responsibility to rigidly enforce the requirements of the Cat Act 2011.”
Members passed Motion 16 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
The WA Government have now responded on the issue, please see  Toodyay M.16 response

Urgent Action Requested for Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management Course

If your branch is wishing to write to the Government regarding the possible discontinuation of the Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management course delivered by the Central Regional TAFE at the Muresk Institute, the Association has provided a template letter to assist your branch in this process.

Please click here to open the template for use by your branch:  Muresk Letter Branch Template

Gas Fracking in Western Australia

In response to correspondence from both Bullsbrook and Capel Branches, the Association wrote to the Premier of Western Australia regarding Members continued concerns about gas fracking on the environment, agriculture, and industry.  In particular, questions were asked regarding Recommendations 5 & 6 from the Senate Standing Committee Report tabled on 15 November 2015, relating to land access rights between land owners and resource companies.

The attached letter from The Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, is in reply to this original correspondence.  Members are asked to advise the State Office, how your branches may now wish to respond – or whether you feel that the matter has been adequately addressed to this point.

If your branch wishes us to continue the conversation, please provide an update summary of key points so that this can be compiled into the next official written representation.

The State Management Committee will continue to keep Gas Fracking as an Agenda Item to provide ongoing monitoring of this matter.

CWA State Conference 2016 – Feedback

We have received feedback from various Government representatives in relation to the 2017 Conference Motions, as below. The branches submitting the motions have been notified of the responses, and asked to decide if they wish to continue with further representations.  Should members of other branches want to take the matter further, they should contact the relevant branch to discuss this, and to provide any additional or new research so that these points can be used to promote the case.  The Association thanks the branches concerned for enabling us to bring these matters to the attention of Government.

Motion 15 from York Branch:
“The Federal Government continue the current funding arrangements so that Home and Community Care Services can continue to be delivered to rural Western Australia.”
Amended by Bullsbrook / York at Conference, to read: “The Federal Government be requested by CWA of WA (Inc.) to continue to fund Home and Community Care Services to rural Western Australia.”

Members passed the amended Motion 15 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
Please see the attached York M.15 letters for full responses from Government.

Motion 14 from York Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) approach the State Government to legislate that any future landfill must be in an environmentally sound location that does not impact productive rural farmland, have the potential to contaminate rural water supplies, or impact the safety of rural road users”.

Members passed Motion 14 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
Please see the attached York M.14 letters for full responses from Government.

Also see the government update on this issue – Jan 2017.

Motion 11 from Leschenault/South Bunbury Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) request the Government of Western Australia to establish a central register to record the details of any person who has documented evidence of abuse of a vulnerable person, whether or not they have been convicted of the offence”.
Amended by Kings Park at Conference, to read: “CWA of WA (inc.) request the Government of Western Australia to establish a central register to record the details of any individual about whom there is documented evidence that they have abused a vulnerable person.

Members passed the amended Motion 11 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
Please see the attached Leschenault/South Bunbury letters for full responses from Government.

Motion 9 from Koorda Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) request the Government of Western Australia, to implement a policy of ‘once only Stamp Duty relief’ to Seniors who need to relocate to more suitable accommodation, from their family home.”

Members passed Motion 9 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
Please see the attached Koorda letters for full responses from Government.

Motion 8 from Koorda Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) request the Government of Western Australia legislate to make misuse of an Enduring Power of Attorney a criminal offence.”

Members passed Motion 8 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
Please see the attached Koorda letters for full responses from Government.

Motion 7 from Kelmscott Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) request the Australian Government to make sentencing mandatory for physical and verbal abuse against school principals”.
Amended by Champion Bay at Conference, to read: “CWA of WA (inc.) request the Australian Government to make sentencing mandatory for physical and verbal abuse against all school staff“.

Members passed the amended Motion 7 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
Please see the attached Kelmscott letters for full responses from Government.

Motions 4 & 5 from Esperance Bay and Districts Branch:
Motion 4 – “CWA of WA (inc.) request that the Immigration Department provide all International Visitors coming to Australia with a document, written in their native language, which addresses the need for mobile phones suitable for remote areas; emergency contact numbers; road rules; and bushfire education.”
Motion 5 – “CWA of WA (inc.) request that the Immigration Department provide all International Visitors entering Australia on a Working Visa with access to a document or website, written in their native language, that informs them of their employment entitlements.”

Members passed Motions 4 and 5 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
Please see the attached Esperance Bay and Districts letters for full responses from Government.

Motion 3 from Bullsbrook and Districts Branch:
“The WA Minister for Transport be requested to investigate and develop innovative options for provision of public bus services to outer metropolitan communities.”

Members passed Motion 3 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
Please see the attached Bullsbrook and Districts letters for full responses from Government.

Motion 2 from Augusta Branch:
“CWA of WA (inc.) requests the Federal Government ban betting advertisements from television and sporting events.”

Members passed Motion 2 at Conference, and the appropriate letters were sent from State Office.
Please see the attached Augusta letters for full responses from Government.

BRANCH RESPONSES to State Office, to date:
Motion 11: Leschenault/South Bunbury have requested that Motion 11 remains on the SMC agenda until the Federal Government report is released, and the answers are made in full.