Ben Wyatt will be busy sorting out the state’s finances. Photo: Attila Csaszar

GST first of many tests for Labor

OPINION: The McGowan government will need to get straight down to business, given the backlog of issues it needs to address.


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Poor McGowan, having to make the unpopular decisions to fix Barnett's out of control spending spree.

WA's NFPS debt is expected to be $36.6 billion by the end of the financial year. Nine years earlier, just before the Barnett Government came to office, that figure was just $4.96 billionBy June 30, WA's NFPS debt is expected to be the equivalent of 82.3 per cent of its revenue for the 2016-17 financial year. Tasmania, the state WA Premier Colin Barnett once volunteered to manage to show them how to run an economy, has the nation's lowest NFPS debt-to-revenue ratio at 27.1 per cent

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