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WA Libs get personal in early campaign

AAP logoAAP 13/11/2016

The state election is four months away, but West Australians will notice the campaign ramping up with the Liberals launching an advertisement accusing Labor and leader Mark McGowan of being a threat to jobs and the economy.

The radio ad and billboards claim that "if Labor had their way", at least 30,181 jobs wouldn't exist.

That is due to Labor's opposition to Liberal National government projects such as the new Perth Stadium, Elizabeth Quay, Museum and future Roe 8 road project.

Mr McGowan said unemployment had tripled under the Liberal National government to it's current six per cent-plus level - above the national figure - and underemployment was also at record highs.

He has committed to creating more than 50,000 jobs if Labor was elected through various initiatives such as requiring local content and jobs on major projects and funding for apprenticeships and TAFEs.

"I'm offering the people of Western Australia a plan for jobs, hope and opportunity and the Liberals are offering desperation, nastiness and personal attacks and I think that's a pretty clear difference," he told reporters.

Mr McGowan promised on Sunday to employ more education assistants that help struggling students if elected, saying 404 positions had been cut in the last two years.

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