WA Labor putting Bill Shorten ahead of better GST deal for WA

Labor’s Western Australian federal Members of Parliament have made it clear they do not support a better GST deal for Western Australia.

WA Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said it was breathtaking that WA’s federal Labor members had not encouraged a better GST deal for Western Australia in their submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into GST distribution.

“It is clear WA’s federal Labor members are more interested in protecting Bill Shorten than putting the interests of Western Australia first and fighting for a better GST deal for our state and our people,” Dr Nahan said.

“While the WA State Labor Government has made a submission recommending the majority of GST receipts be distributed on a per capita basis, they have absolutely failed when it comes to getting support from their federal colleagues and Mr Shorten.”

Dr Nahan said in light of the failure of the WA Government to get Mr Shorten to support a better GST deal for Western Australia, he had written to Mr Shorten urging him to articulate his support for the bipartisan position put forward by the Western Australian Labor Government and the WA Liberals to the Productivity Commission inquiry.

“It is well known that for Western Australia to receive a better GST deal, Mr Shorten’s support is essential,” Dr Nahan said.

“Labor’s federal members are not interested in fighting for a better GST deal for WA, so I have written to Mr Shorten asking him to articulate his position.

“Premier Mark McGowan needs to come out and stand up for a fair deal for West Australians and demand Mr Shorten and his WA federal Labor members stand with him.

“The WA Government and their federal Labor colleagues need to show Western Australians they will put a better deal for Western Australia ahead of saving seats in Tasmania and South Australia. They need to get Bill Shorten to speak up about this issue.”

“Western Australia will not get a better deal if we do not have bipartisan support at a federal level, and only Bill Shorten is standing in the way of that support.

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