Barnett pushes for 75c GST floor

Premier Colin Barnett has used Prime Minister Julia Gillard's announcement that the government would review the distribution of revenue from the goods and services tax to push his idea of a GST 'floor' of 75 cents.


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The unequal collection and distribution of GST begs one to question why poorer and more heavily populated states such as NSW continue to put their hands out for ongoing financial support. Such a heavily populated state should be doing far more to contribute to this nation. In fact, if Lee Kuan Yew managed to turn tiny underdeveloped Singapore into a first rate economic powerhouse in just 30 years, then why cannot those in NSW do the same? Singapore has a population of close to five million, land mass of 704 km2 and no natural resources; NSW has a population of just over seven million, land mass of 809,444 km2 and natural resources! It makes one wonder what they are doing over there or; rather, not doing!

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Barnett should also be looking at some sort of tax applied to FIFO workers from other states who work in highly paid Northwest minesites and oil& gas fields then spend their wages back home instead of helping the WA economy benefit from our resources. Looks to me like its a raw deal for WA citizens who lose out on these jobs and have little or no benefit other then state royalties from the WA resources sold oversea. Thanks to cheap airfares right now at least 3/4 of these jobs and benefits derived from them go to Eastern states residents helping to sustain overpopulated and inefficient cities like Sydney and Melbourne. If these people want to work in Northwest WA let them bring their families to Northwest WA or at least to one of the other WA towns and help boost WA's population .

Just in time to sucker WA in for the next Federal Election. Like all the promises about the East Timor processing centre & no carbon tax, none of this is going to happen. So the quicker Barnett wakes up to it, the better. Is there anything you would remotely believe from this lot in Canberra?

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