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Delegation will beg workers to come

Delegation will beg workers to come

Peter Collier
PHOTO: Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier says the quality of life in Western Australia is second to none. (ABC News)

The State Government says it will be begging people to move to Western Australia, to address the state’s worsening skills shortage.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier will lead a delegation of business leaders to the eastern states later this year, spruiking WA employment opportunities.

The minister says workers are needed across the board, not just in the mining sector.

“Western Australia is facing the prospect of having a minimum of around 76,000 workers short, and skilled workers short, by 2015,” he said.

“We simply can’t meet that demand from within Western Australia; we have to look both interstate and also overseas.”

The Minister says that for some reason people in the eastern states feel they are being banished to Siberia if they come west.

But Mr Collier says that is abject nonsense.

“The quality of life here is second to none and the salaries and job opportunities are plentiful,” he said.

“What we have to do is sell that message.”

Unions WA has labelled the trip an expensive stunt.


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