28 April 2018
A new WA political party, established by former Perth Lord Mayor, Chas Hopkins, has slammed Prime Minister Turnbull’s $3.2 billion funding package as another rip-off.
Mr Hopkins, who has applied to the Australian Electoral Commission for formal registration of the Put WA First party, is urging WA voters not to be fooled by smoke and mirrors promises designed to sure up the Liberal Party’s chances at the next Federal Election.
“Turnbull is giving us half of what we should be getting,” said Mr Hopkins.
“The funding package is coming out of Infrastructure Australia’s national budget reported to be in the order of $55 billion.
“On a per capita basis, Western Australia should be getting 11 per cent of that, which is over $6 billion, almost double what Malcolm Turnbull promised us this week.
It’s yet another case of the Federal Government giving WA half of what we should be getting and it’s a catastrophic trend,” he said.
Mr Hopkins comments follow an announcement from the Prime Minister this week that a $189 million funding boost for WA hospitals would take this year’s GST share for WA from 47cents in the dollar to an effective 50 cents.
It also follows the publication of a report from the RAC which revealed the State’s motorists will fork out another $9.5 billion over the next three years in Federal road taxes, but just one-third of that will come back to WA.
“That means GST, Infrastructure and road tax dividends to WA are all half, or less than half, of what they should be. The Federal Government is milking WA for every penny that they can get,” said Mr. Hopkins.
“If you add up just these three dividends alone, WA is being short-changed by a monstrous $8.4 billion per annum,” he said.
Mr Hopkins said it was deeply worrying the eastern states have become addicted to WA propping them up.
“They have quite openly said they will fight tooth and nail against any changes to the system.”
“The only way to win this argument is with some tenacious independent members in the Senate and Put WA First intends to fight very hard to make that happen,” he said.