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Labor will not privatise Western Power

AAP logoAAP 17/10/2016

WA Labor is continuing to ramp up its campaign against the potential privatisation of Western Power by launching a public petition calling on the state government to dump the idea.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan said he was giving a "solemn, iron-clad assurance" that if Labor won the March state election, the utility would not be privatised.

"We will stand against the privatisation of Western Power and we will make this a major issue in the lead up to the next election," he said on Monday.

Western Power is part of the Barnett government's asset sales list as it tries to repair the state's ailing finances, and is tipped to fetch $12 billion.

But the opposition says the utility is a source of revenue and has repeatedly argued that selling it is a mistake.

"If you lose $550 million-plus of revenue in dividends and tax-equivalent payments to the people of the state, that money has to be made up somewhere," Mr McGowan said.

Treasurer Mike Nahan says no decision has been made yet about the utility.

"We have to make a decision ourselves whether or not we will go forward to the election to sell Western Power," he said.

"We haven't announced that yet, we expect to do so over the next couple of weeks."

It was revealed last week that almost half of Liberal voters in Dr Nahan's safe seat of Riverton were against the proposed privatisation, according to ReachTel data.

Premier Colin Barnett previously opposed selling the utility and Mr McGowan said Labor would not make the same backflip.

Mr McGowan and some Labor candidates walked through the Murray Street mall in the city on Monday, gathering signatures for their petition.

He said they were aiming to collect thousands of signatures.

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