People living in regional Western Australia are being urged to throw their support behind the establishment of a new federal political party.
Convenor, businessman and former Perth Lord Mayor, Chas Hopkins, said the Put WA First Party would finally provide a much-needed voice in Canberra for farmers and those who rely on the agricultural, aquaculture and mining sectors.
“We are a group of Western Australians who simply want a fair go for our State when it comes to the GST and nobody has been harder hit by the inequity than those living and working in our regional areas,” said Mr Hopkins.
“Unfortunately, our current Federal Senate representatives seem intent on following their respective party lines instead of fighting for a better slice of the GST for Western Australia.
“Our only option is to get candidates elected to the Federal Senate who are unashamedly pro-WA and prepared to push for change in the way the GST is distributed,” he said.
Mr Hopkins said supporters of the Put WA First Party want Western Australia’s share of the GST revenue collected by the Federal Government to be equitable when compared to other Australia states.
“Instead it keeps dropping and this puts our State – particularly those living and working in regional cities and towns – at a disadvantage when it comes to jobs, roads and infrastructure, health, housing, education, community facilities and economic sustainability,” he said.
Mr Hopkins said people in the country were already doing it tougher than most due to the sluggish global economy, declining local populations and aggressive importing of goods.
“Being discriminated against by the unfair distribution of GST is just the final straw for those trying to make a living off the land,” he said.
Mr Hopkins said he urged regional Western Australians to visit www.putwesternaustraliafirst.com.au and register to become a member.
“Its free to join and once we hit 500 members we can formally register as a political party with the Australian Electoral Commission,” he said.
“This is a chance for Western Australians across our vast state to join forces and put our interests front and centre in Canberra.