Mark McGowan hits out at families living on the east coast working ‘ordinary jobs’ as he attempts to lure more workers to move to WA: ‘I don’t understand how people live’
- Western Australian Premier has a cunning plan to attract much needed workers
- There are cheaper homes, higher wages and a ‘great lifestyle’, said Mr McGowan
- He forgot to mention there are only 2,500 houses to rent in entire city of Perth
Premier Mark McGowan has come up with a novel plan to lure skilled workers to Western Australia – by disparaging their ‘ordinary jobs’ and lifestyle on the east coast.
Before he attends Friday’s state leaders gathering in Canberra, Mr McGowan is trying to steal the best and brightest from other states with the promise of a better life.
He said cheaper homes, higher wages and a ‘great lifestyle’ made moving west ‘a no brainer’ and he doesn’t ‘understand how people live’ in the eastern states.
The premier said he was in Sydney last week and ‘saw lots of people who have very ordinary paying jobs yet the average price of a house there is $1.2 million dollars – I don’t understand how people live’.
He said if people moved west they would have a better and more affordable life, own their own home and have money left over. ‘It’s a no brainer as far as I’m concerned.’
But Mr McGowan neglected to mention there are fewer than 2,500 houses to rent in the entire city of Perth, including 12 suburbs with just one rental each available.
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan (pictured right, with his wife Sarah) is trying to lure skilled workers from the eastern states to move west
Recruitment advertising campaigns are already up and running in the eastern states to try to entice workers across the Nullarbor Plain to the west.
WA, in part because of its ‘hermit state’ border closures during the pandemic, is more affected by the nationwide skilled worker shortage than any other state.
‘We have the lowest unemployment rate (3.1 per cent) by a long way and the highest participation rate, so (the worker shortage) is more acute here,’ Mr McGowan told The West Australian.
‘One of the things I’ll point out is that we have cheapest housing comparatively, the highest average weekly earnings, a great lifestyle and secure work.’
Mark McGowan has spoken of the ‘great lifestyle’ available in Western Australia. Pictured is Perth’s Cottesloe Beach
WA Premier Mark McGowan neglected to mention there are fewer than 2,500 houses to rent in the entire city of Perth, including 12 suburbs with just one rental each available. Pictured are houses in the Perth suburb of Morley
But Perth-based video blogger Ben Harvey, said the premier’s push is bad timing, given the city is in a severe housing crisis.
Unemployment rate by state and territory
Western Australia: 3.1 per cent
ACT: 3.3 per cent
Victoria: 3.7 per cent
NSW: 4 per cent
Queensland: 4 per cent
Northern Territory: 4.1 per cent
Tasmania: 4.5 per cent
South Australia: 4.6 per cent
‘The premier is making his plea to go west at a time when REIWA (Real Estate Institute of Western Australia) has warned that at the end of May there were 12 suburbs in Perth with just one rental property available,’ Harvey said.
He added that there were ‘fewer than 2,500 houses to rent in the whole city’.
On the affordability of buying a house in the west, Harvey told the viewers of his Up Late video, ‘good luck finding one and at $3 a brick good luck building one’.
He advised anyone making the moved to make sure they keep their packing boxes as they could end up living in the
If he is not telling the whole truth about the attractions of Western Australia, at least Mr McGowan knows what he’s talking about when he speaks of ‘a tale of two countries’.
He was born in NSW, went to university in Queensland and moved to Western Australia in 1989.
Given he is the premier of his adopted home state and won two landslide elections in a row, it’s fair to say the move worked out for him.
It remains to be seen, though, if he can entice fellow east coasters to head west for a supposed better life.