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Barnett could reach agreement with Rudd

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett is backing away from his initial view that a health deal struck between the Commonwealth and the Labor states and territories could fall over without his support.

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Perth
When will our Prime Minister cease his discriminatory language: "Working Families". What does he mean? Is not the pensioner a working family? Is not the full time student with children a working family? Is the solicitor not a member of a working family? Prime Minister what do you really mean by working family? Your Labor background is far too evident. Remember the conservative voter is a person, too, who works in the market for his family and this family is keenly interested in community wide outcomes from any government policy - particularly the health system AND for ALL families - working or otherwise.

Carine
It is easy for Mr. Rudd to say 'the buck stops with me', when he has a fair idea that he will not be in the chair by the time this whole thing is going to be implemented in 2014. It sure means; one nibble of the GST and the rest of the GST will soon be going the same way in one form or another. And we the taxpayers are back at square one, as before the GST days!! Politics, politics, politics!

North Lake
What most people fail to realise is this state's share of the GST is already shrinking. Projections show we will be down to 6% to 7% of receipts by the middle of this decade...not the 10% we signed up for. So Rudd now wants a further 30% of a shrinking base. Not likely pal. Who wants a 60% drop in revenue? Stand up for us Colin. Nobody else will and certainly not those boof head Labor premiers on the east coast.

Subiaco
Good on you Mr Barnett. The truth serum is that Rudd will not go along with another option of funding the proposal i.e. funds to the same value put up by the States under an agreement to do the same job for health care. He wants to change the grid lock to break open the current GST set up. This is vital to be retained as it gives the states some say in how money is spent in this country . Rudd is using the emotional hand of health care (an eternal black hole in financial terms). Lastly, the public should be informed of exactly what went on... were there threats, or special offerings to the Labor states during the Labor only meeting that Barnett was barred from. Suddenly those premiers were compliant with Rudd's proposal. It is in the public's interest to know what was offered, especially in the interest of all West Australians.

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