THE West Australian government has been accused of wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on property investment in Pilbara mining towns, many of which are currently empty houses.
The Labor opposition has identified $290 million of what it says is property speculation.
The government says it was necessary investment to provide housing amid rapid growth driven by the mining boom in towns such as Port Hedland and Karratha.
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The town of Karratha in Western Australia.