Court out in State Budget

There was money allocated for the proposed Mundijong Police Station upgrade, worth $3 million.

The Government also raised the First Home Owner Grant to $10,000 for those purchasing a newly built home and will spend $282 million over four years for recruitment of 550 extra police and auxiliary officers.

Cost of Living Assistance payments will rise $8 to $208 per household to help low income families pay their electricity bills.

Big money will be plugged into health services and the $1 billion Gateway Project to provide better links to the Perth Airport precinct, and $432 million over four years for the 22km MAX Light Rail.

Construction of the light rail is not due to start until 2016, after the next election.

Five million dollars was also allocated for the development of Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital as it prepares to become a general hospital next year.

The Opposition highlighted the debt blowout to more than $28.3 billion, labelling it a ‘budget of broken promises’ that revealed people would be paying more taxes and charges.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said private car registration concessions would be cut, public transport fares increased and land taxes raised.

Greens South Metro MLA Lynn MacLaren criticised the Government for axing the environmental community grants program.