The West Live: Will the Federal Government stand-up to WA airline price gougers?

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Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham.
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West Australians looking to holiday in their own backyard may be hit with exorbitant prices as the country’s strictest border closures cut down travel options and airlines eye travellers’ wallets.

Last weekend it cost $199 to book a trip from Perth to Broome in July, last Friday night it had ballooned to $500.

Speaking to The West Live host Jenna Clarke from 8.45am Federal Trade and Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham will be quizzed on whether he’s going to stand up to airlines who have already started price gouging.

Following the fallout with China over barley and meat tariffs, Mr Birmingham will also be asked to explain what the Government is doing to diversify Australia’s trading markets.

On last Wednesday’s show, opposition trade spokeswoman Madeleine King said Australia needed to lock down serious trade relations with India and Indonesia.

Later on the show, Ms Clarke will speak to Fremantle Dockers general manager Peter Bell on life in the AFL bubble before the highly anticipated season return.

Royal Perth Hospital’s Dr Daniel Fatovich will also be discussing why yesterday was the busiest day of the year at the emergency department. He will also reveal what “wet lab” is and why WA is lucky to have one.

Listen here from 8.45am.

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