Chas Hopkins, convener of Put WA First, has reacted angrily to Ben Wyatt’s recent announcement that 3,000 of the State’s civil servants are about to be retrenched.
“Right now, when education, health, police and other services are under extreme pressure, WA is going to lose a massive number of highly skilled, long-term government workers,” he said.
“For instance, they include no less than seven prison superintendents. How is the Department of Corrections going to cope with the loss of all this leadership and knowledge?” he said.
“This is all to save just $200million per annum on the State budget’s bottom line.
“It’s absolutely ludicrous when we you consider that WA should be receiving an extra $3.6billion in GST revenue per annum, according to the Australian Productivity Commission.”
Mr Hopkins said If WA received its rightful share of revenue it would pay for these jobs, eliminate the need for any further cuts, and put the State budget back into surplus.
We could start reducing the $40billion deficit the GST rip off has caused already.”
Mr Hopkins has gone on record as saying that the performance of WA’s representatives in the Federal Cabinet has been nothing short of disgraceful on the GST issue.
“Where have influential ministers like Julie Bishop, Matthias Cormann, Christian Porter and Michael Keenan gone?” asked Mr Hopkins.
“I can’t help imagining that each time this issue is raised in Federal Cabinet our representatives sit there and say nothing.”
Chas Hopkins is a former Lord Mayor of Perth who recently applied to register Put WA First as a political party formed to fight for a fair GST dividend for WA.
“We are being bulldozed by the eastern states and I want to do something about it,” he concluded.”