The GST proposal floated by Liberal Senator Dean Smith recently has prompted a sceptical response from Put WA First Party (PWAF) convener, Chas Hopkins.
The former Perth Lord Mayor and high-profile businessman claims if the Liberal Party was genuine about fixing WA’s unfair GST deal, they would be holding a new inquiry before the election, not after it.
“It proves our stance that both the federal Liberal and Labor parties are not capable of reforming the GST because it is too much of a political hot potato in the Eastern states,” he said.
All of WA’s federal senators are being given a hard time by our voting public at the moment, and Dean Smith’s response is designed to settle them down rather than make real progress with reforms to the system,” he said.
“The Liberal Party has already been handed the draft results of the Productivity Commission Inquiry in 2017 which concluded the current system was based on an undeliverable ideal, meaning it is flawed,” he said,
“But what has been done about it? The answer is absolutely nothing.”
Mr Hopkins said backed by the findings, Malcolm Turnbull had – and still has – the power to start reforming the system immediately.
“If he genuinely believes it is unfair to WA, he has a duty to change it now, not initiate another inquiry,” he said.
Mr Hopkins has gone on record as saying that the performance of WA Senators in Federal Cabinet has been nothing short of disgraceful on the GST issue.
“Where have influential ministers like Julie Bishop, Finance Minister Matthias Cormann, Attorney General 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,”
Mr Hopkins recently applied to registered PWAF as a political party with the Australian Electoral Commission 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”.