Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman said any calls to reduce the number of Members of Parliament was simplistic and did not take into account the unique geographical challenges faced in WA.
“I am proud to be part of The Nationals’ team of passionate local champions who are taking up the fight on behalf of regional WA,” Mr Redman said.
“Regional representation is vitally important for country people, who often engage their local Member of Parliament for advice, information and assistance on a diverse range of matters.
“As the only party solely dedicated to representing regional WA, The Nationals WA understand the importance of ensuring country people have a seat at the decision making table in Perth.”
Mr Redman said any reduction in the number of Members of Parliament would result in increased representation in the metropolitan area at the expense of regional WA.
“Regional electoral districts are already expanding as electoral boundaries change and no amount of technology or travel options can compensate for this growth,” Mr Redman said.
“Regional electorates often span thousands kilometres and have a multitude of towns and communities scattered throughout each with their own unique challenges, opportunities and priorities.
“Without an appropriate level of regional representation, these communities will not be considered a priority in Perth.
“The Nationals do not support any measures that would diminish the voice of regional WA in State Parliament.”