The Western Australian Opposition has accused the Government of failing to increase district allowances for Government employees in regional areas.
Earlier this year, the police union revealed more than 45 officers in the Pilbara had resigned to take up jobs in the lucrative resources sector.
The union is predicting up to 20 more will make the switch before the end of the financial year.
Labor’s Mark McGowan says Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls has not delivered on his promise to assist Government workers in regional WA.
“Mr Grylls made a promise that he would provide free rent after three years for police, nurses and teachers. Again he hasn’t delivered. Those sorts of promises were part of what improved the National’s party vote at the last election and people have been let down,” he said.
Mr Grylls says the Government will begin making changes to district allowances in the budget this year.
“We’ll soon be making the announcement on what that will actually mean for individual employees that receive district allowance,” he said.
“To be criticised by the previous government on this issue beggars belief to me but I’m happy to wear that criticism as long as they recognise that when we make a substantial increase in district allowances.”