Western Australian premier branded a ‘dog’ by protesting Fremantle dockers

Western Australian premier branded a ‘dog’ by protesting Fremantle dockers

The premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, was heckled and labelled a ‘dog’ by protesting workers at Fremantle Port today. The workers are protesting the planned privatisation of the port.

Despite the tense situation, Barnett went and held dialogue with the protesters. “People want more and more. We’ve got a big state. We’ve got to build roads. We’ve got to build power stations, water supplies and all of that. It costs a lot of money to build all that infrastructure and all those services,” he told them.

The Fremantle port privatisation is one of a string of public assets up for sale in the state as it battles to get its finances in shape. However, it is not necessarily going to go through as Barnett’s coalition partners in power are opposed to the idea.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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