PROBLEM: The redistribution of money from WA to other states has dogged Mike Nahan. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Cash drain as boom lag flows through

WA has had nearly $170 billion redistributed to other states by the federal government during the past 10 years, with the GST only one tax with a problem.

Western Australians contributed nearly $9,000 per person to other states through the federal budget in 2014-15, more than 30 times the figure of the next most generous state, NSW.

Buried in the recent state budget documents is Department of Treasury modelling for the 2014-15 financial year, which estimates that despite Western Australians paying upwards of $54 billion in tax to the Commonwealth, the state received only $31.4 billion in spending.


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