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A significant amount of WA's output effectively flies east for the benefit of other states. Photo: Attila Csaszar

WA $90bn losers from federation

Western Australians paid nearly $90 billion more in taxes to the federal government than they received in spending in the four years to June 2016, according to estimates revealed by the Department of Treasury in yesterday’s budget.

The enormous contribution to the federation shows that it is more than just the GST payment mechanism that is tilted to favour the eastern states, and comes after a week of renewed debate around secession.

In the 2016 financial year, Western Australians contributed a net total of $21.7 billion to other states and territories, about $8,500 per person.

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