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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese commends Mark McGowan in whirlwind WA visit

Anthony Albanese has thanked West Australians for their “sacrifice” during the pandemic as he recommitted to visiting WA 10 times a year as Prime Minister.

Mr Albanese held a press conference at Kings Park on Sunday morning with WA’s contingent of Federal MPs, who were crucial to Labor forming a majority government.

The PM had a private dinner with Premier Mark McGowan and WA Education Minister Sue Ellery on Saturday night after arriving in Perth for a brief stop before his three-day diplomatic visit to Indonesia.

“It is great to be here in Western Australia, on the Western Australia Day long weekend. Last night I was able to catch up with Premier Mark McGowan. A good friend of mine for a long period of time, and we had a very enjoyable dinner,” Mr Albanese said.

“We discussed issues of concern to Western Australia in the lead up to the meeting that I’ll hold at the end of next week with the National Cabinet which will meet in Canberra.

“This is my fifth visit to Western Australia this year, which isn’t bad given that I wasn’t able to come for half of this year.

“But I made a commitment as leader of the Labor Party that I would come to Western Australia 10 times a year and I repeat that commitment as Prime Minister.

“That I will endeavour to be a regular visitor here, not just somebody who drops in when there’s an election campaign, but spends time here because I want to be the Prime Minister for the entire country.”

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