Stand up for WA: Red­man

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Taelor Pelusey

WAR­REN-Black­wood MLA Terry Red­man has warned the Lib­eral Party it is likely to lose ground in the next Fed­eral Elec­tion if its WA-based MPs do not fight harder to get the State a bet­ter GST deal.

The for­mer re­gional de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter said he did not ex­pect the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s ex­am­i­na­tion of GST for­mu­las and dis­tri­bu­tion to bring change to the sys­tem and feared a lump sum pay­ment or ma­jor in­fras­truc­ture project would be of­fered in­stead as com­pen­sa­tion.

“Re­gional WA wouldn’t even be con­sid­ered in that,” Mr Red­man said.

“The only so­lu­tion will be a po­lit­i­cal one – you have to have a gun to their head.”

He pointed to a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion in a mo­tion put for­ward by for­mer Na­tion­als MP Tony Crook call­ing for a 75¢ floor on GST.

The plan re­ceived bi­par­ti­san sup­port in State Par­lia­ment, but was blocked in the Fed­eral Lower House, only re­ceiv­ing sup­port from Mr Crook and Queens­lan­der Bob Kat­ter.

Mr Red­man im­plored the Fed­eral MPs whose elec­torates over­lapped his to use their po­lit­i­cal weight and “stand up for WA”.

Party whip and For­rest MHR Nola Marino, who voted against the GST floor in 2011, would not be drawn on whether she would cross the floor if a so­lu­tion go­ing against her party’s po­si­tion was pre­sented, but said Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull was “the only leader who is work­ing to­wards a so­lu­tion”.

A Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion in­quiry was or­dered in April to as­sess whether dis­tri­bu­tion meth­ods were im­ped­ing eco­nomic re­form and a fi­nal re­port is due in Jan­uary.

A re­view of the Com­mon­wealth Grants Com­mis­sion’s GST al­lo­ca­tion meth­ods is also tak­ing place, with a re­port due in 2020.

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