22/10/2008 - 17:16

Ripper urges clarity over royalties deal

22/10/2008 - 17:16

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Opposition leader Eric Ripper has demanded that Premier Colin Barnett end the uncertainty over the royalties for regions deal that underpins the Liberal-National government.

Opposition leader Eric Ripper has demanded that Premier Colin Barnett end the uncertainty over the royalties for regions deal that underpins the Liberal-National government.

The call follows a stand-off between Mr Barnett and Nationals leader Brendon Grylls over the interpretation of the policy.

Mr Barnett's interpretation of the policy, where 25 per cent or $675 million of mining royalties will be spent in regional areas, is the total amount to be spent.

Meanwhile Mr Grylls has maintained that amount is to be spent over and above what Labor committed to in the budget's forward estimates.

"The Nationals were always very clear about they wanted to achieve from the Royalties to Regions scheme," Mr Ripper said.

"What is not clear is whether Mr Barnett was ever serious about providing new money to the regions"

"The Premier told Western Australians that he would provide an honest form of government. By not providing the detail on his position on the royalties for region deal he is being neither open nor honest."

Mr Ripper's spokesperson told WA Business News that the Labor's royalties for regions deal is still on the table.

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