Albanese says he has visited Western Australia more times in nine months than 'previous prime ministers did in nine years'
Anthony Albanese has made history by holding the first Cabinet meeting in regional Western Australia, while mocking his predecessors by declaring he has visited the state more times in nine months than "previous prime ministers did in nine years".
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's visit to Western Australia this week marked his ninth trip to the state in nine months, a feat he was more than keen to compare with his predecessors.
Speaking from Port Headland on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Albanese said his government was "determined to represent the whole of Australia".
"I said I'd visit the west 10 times a year," he said.
"This is my ninth visit in nine months, so I have three months to go to make that one extra visit.
"I'll be back here by the way in March and I'll be back here in April, so it will exceed that target."
Mr Albanese was in the major port town to hold a Cabinet meeting, the first ever to be held in regional WA.
But he used the opportunity to draw a stark comparison between his prime ministership and his predecessors.
"It is a good thing to bring the Cabinet out of Canberra. It's a commitment that I made," Mr Albanese said.
"We'll also be having a Cabinet meeting in Perth later this year.
"My government is determined to represent the whole of Australia, and I think I have visited the west now as Prime Minister more in nine months than the previous Prime Ministers did in nine years.
Mr Albanese said he was "particularly pleased" to be in the west working with the McGowan Government.
On Tuesday morning Mr Albanese and Senator Patrick Dodson also met with Indigenous leaders, and more than 150 other people at a community forum.
We get better outcomes when we work together with people on the ground.— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) February 21, 2023
Thatâs why Iâm in Port Hedland today with Pat Dodson, listening to Aboriginal Elders at the Julyardi Aboriginal Corporation and the Kariyarra Traditional Owners. pic.twitter.com/PfkDj23bz2
Mr Albanese also announced an investment of $565 million for upgrades into port infrastructure in the Pilbara.
"Here in Port headland, of course, we see something like 4 per cent of our GDP go through this port," he said.
"It is a great wealth creator here in the Pilbara, and that's why my government is committing $565 million for upgrades to port infrastructure in the Pilbara.
"This will make an enormous difference."
WA Premier Mark McGowan thanked Mr Albanese for bringing his Cabinet to the Pilbara region, which was held in a shipping control tower at Port Hedland.
He said it drew the nation's attention to the resources industry of Western Australia and the people who work in it.
"Obviously the mining and resources industry of Western Australia is the strongest industry in the country, and it produces huge amounts of revenue that go to Canberra and obviously go on to support services around the nation," Mr McGowan said.
"It's very important that it's appreciated and understood, which I know the Prime Minister and his Cabinet do, but ... (the) demonstration of that support is very important for the entire country."
Twenty Cabinet ministers joined Mr Albanese in his two-day visit to Western Australia.
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