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Western Australia Minister for Commerce Simon O’Brien

Once Again, Labor More Concerned About Votes In NSW Than Jobs In WA

Victor P Taffa

Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien today called on the Federal Government to explain why $10 Million was paid to a company to move from Western Australia to New South Wales.

Federal Minister for Defence Material, Jason Clare, this week announced his Government had provided $10 Million to help lure Aviation Business Quickstep from North Coogee in WA to Bankstown Airport in Western Sydney [1].

“The Joint Announcement between the Federal Defence Material Minister and the embattled NSW Labor Government was a slap in the face to WA given this State’s taxes would make up a major share of that $10 Million.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“Questions need to be asked of WA-based Defence Minister Stephen Smith as to whether he supported this poaching of WA jobs to NSW by his own Government.”

“This is nothing more than a NSW State Election pork-barrelling exercise using Federal taxpayers’ money to try and buy votes in NSW on the eve of its State Election.”

Mr. O’Brien said the State Government was engaged in ongoing discussions with Quickstep about their WA operations and there was no record of threats to move to a different State.

The Link that Mr. O’Brien has listed takes you to the Minister for Defence Material Jason Clare’s website. Sadly the well paid Minister cannot spell Material correctly. The Header and the Minister’s own references to his Ministerial Title are misspelt. The Minister refers to Defence Materiel instead of Defence Material.

The Hon. Jason Clare MP
Minister for Defence Materiel

[1] Media Release, Federal Defence Materials Minister –


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