Barnett, Ferguson trade blows

Premier Colin Barnett said today he was "gobsmacked" by the federal government's threats to Western Australia, as the row with Canberra over mineral royalties heats up.


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What an example of the Federal Government attempting to black mail a state out of doing something that it is under the Constitution of Australia perfectly legally entitled to do. Each state owns the resources within its borders and can tax them as it ( The State Government) sees fit and to use those royalties to that individual states benefit. Perhaps Mr Swan and co should take heed that it is the Commonwealth of Australia not the Commonwealth of the eastern seaboard. I wonder whether Mr Swan and co would be quite so prepared to attack the states of rust belt Australia ( New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania) with the same gusto and make those threats to the voters of those states. I feel not. Mr Swan and co please remember just how much you rely on this state to and its resources. Perhaps if you didn't have such a penchant for the typical Labor mantra of " spend , spend , spend " you would not have needed to introduce the MRRT.

All this means is that Australians are over governed and over taxed. Get rid of the states, save a bucket on parlimentary wages and perks. Bum fighting to out do one another for political points does nothing for ordinary Australians. In fact I think the majority of Australians sick of it.

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