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Nats' plan threatens WA's credit rating

Western Australia's Treasury has thrown an obstacle in the path of negotiations on the formation of a state government.

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the NATS must stay on course, if the Treasury officials had to live in the house outback they would agree to drop one 'A'

West Perth
I would have thought this was a good time for the Under-Treasurer to remain silent. His advice should be for the Treasurer not for the general public, and he should not engage in a political debate which has multiple paths to a solution. The credit rating is not at risk - what is at risk is spending on the public service.

Carnarvon
This is a nonsense. Not only is the comment inappropiate as per earlier comment but it assumes the State will borrow to finance infrastructure in the regions. Does it imply that city projects will carry on despite funds having to be channelled to the regions. They are obviously not aware of the deterioration of essential services in the Bush. How is it that Karratha which hosts a number of LNG plants has no intensive care unit. Whoever has made this comment should understand the State does not end at Gingin. If the Under-Treasurer can't do his job, I suggest we get one who can. As a matter of interest it is Parliament that sets policy not the Public Service - doctrine of separation of powers.

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