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New WA Premier Mark McGowan tells Roe 8 workers not to turn up to work

WA Premier-elect Mark McGowan is telling Roe 8 workers it would be futile to turn up today.

Axing the controversial Roe 8 project is on top of Labor’s to-do list after its thumping election win on the weekend.

“When we’re sworn-in we’ll confirm the decision not to proceed with Roe 8,” told 6PR’s Gareth Parker.

“I’m happy to go and speak to workers”.

In a separate interview on the ABC, McGowan said it would cost $30 million to get out of Roe 8 contracts.

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Meanwhile, Alannah MacTiernan says she’s had discussions with McGowan about a return to the ministry in an economic portfolio.

The former transport minister from the Gallop-Carpenter governments is returning to State politics in the upper house after a one-term stint in federal politics.

“We have quite clearly just become so totally reliant on the resource sector we need to do more to diversify the economy,” Ms MacTiernan told Nine this morning.

“I’m hoping that Mark will find me a role somewhere around that space.”

Roe 8 workers in January.
Roe 8 workers in January.Picture: Danella Bevis /The West Australian

Mr McGowan has indicated he’ll have a big say in the makeup of his cabinet, which he has to reduce to 17 from the 20 that were on the opposition front bench.

With Ms MacTiernan’s return, at least four shadow ministers will miss out.

The announcement of the first WA Labor ministry since 2008 is expected at the end of the week.

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