Reverse the GST Rip-Off!

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The GST rip-off has cost WA more than $30.5 billion.

Between 2010 and 2020, Western Australia has lost more than $30.5 billion due to an unfair GST distribution system.

WA’s GST share has fallen to a record low of 30 per cent in 2016-17.

In comparison, no other State or Territory has fallen below 90 per cent.

The Nationals WA candidate for O’Connor, John Hassell, will fight for a fairer GST distribution system.

If elected, The Nationals WA will introduce a Private Members Bill calling for a 75% floor on GST returns for all States and Territories.

This will allow a fair GST share for all States and Territories, and means economically strong States like WA and Queensland can continue to support weaker States where required.

A 75% floor would have returned $22.8 billion to Western Australia between 2010 and 2020.

Why a GST Floor?

In 2011, The Nationals WA Federal Member for O’Connor, Tony Crook first proposed the motion of a 75% floor in the GST to prevent our GST share from plummeting any lower. In 2011, the GST rip-off was only worth about $1.5 billion.

Tony Crook and The Nationals WA were strongly supported by the WA State Parliament in 2011, with Premier Colin Barnett and every member of State Parliament voting to support a 75% GST floor.

On November 24, 2011 Tony Crook moved his motion in Federal Parliament.

Every single one of WA’s Federal representatives opposed the motion, costing Western Australia billions of dollars.

What was good policy in 2011 is even better policy in 2016.

When Tony Crook first moved his GST motion, nobody could have predicted how low WA’s GST share would fall.

We now receive just 30% of our GST back. In 2016-17 alone, it cost our State $4.6 billion.

A 75% GST Floor ensures WA and other strong States receive a fair share of GST back, while continuing to support economically weaker States and Territories.

It also provides security for any State or Territory into the future and protects their State finances from being milked dry by an unfair GST distribution system.

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WA’s Federal MPs unite to vote against a fair GST share for Western Australia.

Time to pay the cost of the $30.5 billion dollar GST rip-off

“On behalf of the people of WA, I sent an invoice to all of WA’s Federal MPs and Senators, because their inaction on the issue of the GST rip-off has cost the people of WA $30.5 billion.

The invoice clearly shows the people of Western Australia how much their Federal representatives have cost us since 2010.

From 2010 to 2020, WA has lost more than $30.5 billion to the Eastern States because of disproportionate GST distributions.

While WA is prepared to continue to contribute to the federal economy and continue to financially assist less prosperous states, there has to be some limit to the erosion of WA’s GST share.” – John Hassell, The Nationals WA candidate for O’Connor.

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John Hassell has invoiced WA’s Federal MPs and Senators for failing to take action on the GST rip-off.

The need for change

A 75 per cent GST floor would eradicate the State Budget deficit tomorrow. 

It would greatly improve the State’s financial situation, allowing for greater funding to be spent in important areas such as mental health services, road safety and improvements, health, education and telecommunications.

Importantly, as the engine-room of the nation, that funding could support greater economic development which would have flow-on effects that would benefit the whole nation.

“If I had my fair share of GST, we would be in a large surplus,” – WA State Treasurer, Dr Mike Nahan.

The Nationals WA will reverse the GST rip-off.

Vote 1 for The Nationals WA on July 2.

Reverse the GST Rip-Off

Between 2010 and 2020, Western Australia has lost more than $30.5 billion due to an unfair GST distribution system.

WA’s GST share has fallen to a record low of 30 per cent in 2016-17.

In comparison, no other State or Territory has fallen below 90 per cent.

The Nationals WA candidate for O’Connor, John Hassell, will fight for a fairer GST distribution system.

If elected, The Nationals WA will introduce a Private Members Bill calling for a 75% floor on GST returns for all States and Territories.

This will allow a fair GST share for all States and Territories, and means economically strong States like WA and Queensland can continue to support weaker States where required.

A 75% floor would have returned $22.8 billion to Western Australia between 2010 and 2020.

Why a GST Floor?

In 2011, The Nationals WA Federal Member for O’Connor, Tony Crook first proposed the motion of a 75% floor in the GST to prevent our GST share from plummeting any lower. In 2011, the GST rip-off was only worth about $1.5 billion.

Tony Crook and The Nationals WA were strongly supported by the WA State Parliament in 2011, with Premier Colin Barnett and every member of State Parliament voting to support a 75% GST floor.

On November 24, 2011 Tony Crook moved his motion in Federal Parliament.

Every single one of WA’s Federal representatives opposed the motion, costing Western Australia billions of dollars.

What was good policy in 2011 is even better policy in 2016.

When Tony Crook first moved his GST motion, nobody could have predicted how low WA’s GST share would fall.

We now receive just 30% of our GST back. In 2016-17 alone, it cost our State $4.6 billion.

A 75% GST Floor ensures WA and other strong States receive a fair share of GST back, while continuing to support economically weaker States and Territories.

It also provides security for any State or Territory into the future and protects their State finances from being milked dry by an unfair GST distribution system.

Time to pay the cost of the $30.5 billion dollar GST rip-off

“On behalf of the people of WA, I sent an invoice to all of WA’s Federal MPs and Senators, because their inaction on the issue of the GST rip-off has cost the people of WA $30.5 billion.

The invoice clearly shows the people of Western Australia how much their Federal representatives have cost us since 2010.

From 2010 to 2020, WA has lost more than $30.5 billion to the Eastern States because of disproportionate GST distributions.

While WA is prepared to continue to contribute to the federal economy and continue to financially assist less prosperous states, there has to be some limit to the erosion of WA’s GST share.” – John Hassell, The Nationals WA candidate for O’Connor.

The need for change

A 75 per cent GST floor would eradicate the State budget defecit tomorrow.

It would greatly improve the State’s financial situation, allowing for greater funding to be spent in important areas such as mental health services, road safety and improvements, health, education and telecommunications.

Importantly, as the engine-room of the nation, that funding could support greater economic development which would have flow-on effects that would benefit the whole nation.

“If I had my fair share of GST, we would be in a large surplus,” – WA State Treasurer, Dr Mike Nahan.

The Nationals WA will reverse the GST rip-off.

Vote 1 for The Nationals WA on July 2.

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