The convener of the ‘Put WA First’ political party, Charles Hopkins, has firmly expressed the new party’s opposition to the statement made yesterday by the Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison, that the Productivity Commission’s review of the GST was to examine the impact of State Laws and policies restricting the development of energy resources as part of a GST fix.
“Western Australia has a constitutional right to a fair GST system without the threat of interference with other state issues”, Charles said. “If they think they can raise new tax income from other sources in WA to pay for a fairer GST dividend, they have got another thing coming, it’s still not fair”.
Scott Morrison alluded to the fact that as part of the GST Review, WA may be penalised by any opposition from the State Government to gas fracking or coal mining.
Charles said ‘the single objective of the Put WA First Party, is to achieve a fair GST dividend for WA with no strings attached, we have a right to this. We want it unconditional and without any federal meddling in state affairs… and no more thought bubbles like this from Scott Morrison.
We haven’t come across a West Australian yet, that doesn’t support us on this issue and believe the only way to fix the GST is at the ballot box”, Said Mr Hopkins.
The Put WA First Party was convened by Charles Hopkins, a former Lord Mayer of Perth, earlier this year with plans to run a team of candidates for the Federal Senate at the forthcoming Federal Elections.