"I'm no secessionist but ...": Barnett

Premier Colin Barnett has described relations between Canberra and the states as being at a low point, as the controversy over mining royalties and the GST continues.


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All structures and legislation needs updating...this must include the Australian Federation. This does not advocate succession or independence for WA, WA should remain part of Australia. The model has to change and be updated and this means fiscal Independence for WA and other states. Whereby we agree to fund Canberra on a fixed amount for Foreign affairs and Defence , the rest is managed by the state. This is not unusual, If we look internationally we can see even within the UK through devolution the Scottish parliament has the power to set its on tax rates, the EU is another example, (which is attempting to be where we are now with federation and political and monetary union). With the EU model the states have fiscal independence and fund Brussels on an agreed budget. There maybe argument over the budget but not the 'argy bargy' and threat to cut off services or money for essential and agreed services and infrastructure we have now. WA does need fiscal Independence without all this ridiculous and childish behavior from senior ministers, ' about who said what and who is telling the truth?' Just think how good this would be for all states in Australia, ie lower corporate taxes, competition to have companies registered or headquarter in a particular state...competition creating jobs and efficiency. As in Scotland the WA parliament should have the power to lower or increase income tax. The current model has to change... its broken, WA deserves financial freedom.

Mr. Monopoly man, has lost touch with reality, When he jacks up the electricity bills, he picks a fight with the federal Government, smoke and mirrors. We need higher electricity bills like we need a hole in the head.

Australia is the only Federation in the world where the States no longer have the power to collect Income Tax. Every other Federation still maintains those taxation powers. For the Australian Federation to be rebuilt, this is reform area number one.

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