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Mark McGowan hits out at families on east coast in ‘ordinary jobs’ as he tries to lure workers to WA

Mark McGowan lashes out at East Coast families who have ‘regular jobs’ as he tries to entice more workers to move to WA: ‘I don’t understand how people live’

  • Western Australia Prime Minister has a cunning plan to attract much-needed workers
  • There are cheaper houses, higher wages and a ‘great lifestyle,’ said Mr McGowan
  • He forgot to mention that there are only 2,500 houses for rent in the entire city of Perth

Prime Minister Mark McGowan has devised a new plan to attract skilled workers to Western Australia – by discrediting their ‘ordinary jobs’ and lifestyle on the East Coast.

Before attending the state leaders’ meeting in Canberra, Mr. McGowan tries to steal the best and brightest from other states with the promise of a better life.

He said cheaper houses, higher wages and a “great lifestyle” made moving west “a no brainer” and he “don’t understand how people live” in the eastern states.

The Prime Minister said he was in Sydney last week and ‘saw a lot of people who have very ordinary paid work and yet the average price of a house there is $1.2 million dollars – I don’t understand how people live’.

He said that if people moved west, they would have a better and more affordable life, own homes and have money left over. “It’s a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned.”

But Mr McGowan forgot to mention that there are fewer than 2,500 homes for rent in the entire city of Perth, including 12 suburbs with only one rental property each.

Western Australia Prime Minister Mark McGowan (pictured right, with wife Sarah) tries to entice skilled workers from the eastern states to move west

Western Australia Prime Minister Mark McGowan (pictured right, with wife Sarah) tries to entice skilled workers from the eastern states to move west

Recruitment campaigns are already underway in the eastern states to lure workers west across the Nullarbor Plain.

Partly because of the “hermit state” border closures during the pandemic, WA is more affected by the nationwide skilled labor shortage than any other state.

“We have by far the lowest unemployment rate (3.1 percent) and the highest employment rate, so (the labor shortage) is more dire here,” said Mr McGowan. The Western Australian

“One of the things I want to point out is that we have relatively the cheapest housing, the highest average weekly wage, a great lifestyle and safe work.”

Mark McGowan has spoken of the 'great lifestyle' available in Western Australia.  Pictured is Cottesloe Beach in Perth

Mark McGowan has spoken of the ‘great lifestyle’ available in Western Australia. Pictured is Cottesloe Beach in Perth

WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan forgot to mention that there are fewer than 2,500 houses for rent in the entire city of Perth, including 12 suburbs with only one rental property each.  Pictured are houses in the Perth suburb of Morley

WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan forgot to mention that there are fewer than 2,500 houses for rent in the entire city of Perth, including 12 suburbs with only one rental property each. Pictured are houses in the Perth suburb of Morley

But Perth-based video blogger Ben Harvey said the Prime Minister’s push is ill-timed as the city faces a serious housing crisis.

Unemployment Rate by State and Territory

Western Australia: 3.1 percent

TO TRADE: 3.3 percent

Victoria: 3.7 percent

NSW: 4 percent

Queensland: 4 percent

Northern Territory: 4.1 percent

Tasmania: 4.5 percent

South Australia: 4.6 percent

Source: abs.gov.au

“The Prime Minister is begging to move west at a time when REIWA (Real Estate Institute of Western Australia) has warned that there were 12 suburbs in Perth with only one rental property available at the end of May,” Harvey said.

He added that there were “less than 2,500 houses for rent in the entire city.”

On the affordability of buying a home in the west, Harvey told viewers of his Up Late video, “good luck finding one and for $3 a brick, good luck building one.”

He advised anyone making the move to make sure they keep their packing boxes as they could be living in the

If he’s not telling the whole truth about Western Australia’s attractions, at least Mr McGowan knows what he’s talking about when he talks about ‘a tale of two countries’.

Born in NSW, he attended university in Queensland and moved to Western Australia in 1989.

Considering he is the prime minister of his adopted home state and won two landslide elections in a row, it’s fair to say the move worked for him.

However, it remains to be seen if he can entice fellow East Coasters to head west for a supposedly better life.

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