Great Southern railway line, crisis accommodation on agenda for Albany One Nation candidate

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Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Albany candidate Michelle Kinsella.
Camera IconPauline Hanson’s One Nation Albany candidate Michelle Kinsella. Credit: Supplied

A train line from Perth to Albany will be on the agenda for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Albany candidate Michelle Kinsella if she wins the seat at the March State Election.

Ms Kinsella has pledged to undertake a feasibility study into the benefits of a Great Southern railway network for freight and passenger services, establishing “freight hubs” in Katanning and Narrogin.

“It would be beneficial in various ways, in road safety by taking the trucks off the roads, easier access for tourists to help build tourism in the Great Southern and also to help people to get access to medical care in Perth,” she said.

Ms Kinsella would push for 10-15 beds for people facing homelessness or domestic violence in the region.

She said although final costings were unknown, One Nation was “looking at a $2 million investment straight away” to establish emergency housing in the region.

“There is an immediate need here, it’s a shame that it actually has not been addressed before now. To be honest, I think it is a disgrace,” she said.

“We would be looking at doing something quick that would probably be basic in the short term and then extend with the help of all the agencies working together collaboratively.”

She has also vowed to back the Southern Aboriginal Corporation’s plans for an Aboriginal cultural centre on the waterfront.

Her other funding priorities include $1 million towards the expansion of Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre and a contribution to Railways Football and Sporting Club’s redevelopment vision.

Ms Kinsella said she would strive to deliver on her party’s mandatory sentencing policies for repeat sex offenders and assaults on the elderly.

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