Porter defends GST record amid criticism
Christian Porter says WA’s Federal Liberals have achieved more for the State’s finances than Brendon Grylls’ mining tax ever would.
The man who quit as WA treasurer four years ago to fight for a better GST deal from within Federal Cabinet has been forced to defend his record, after criticism from his former WA Cabinet colleague Mr Grylls and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon last week.
Mr Grylls accused Mr Porter and fellow ministers Julie Bishop and Mathias Cormann of failing to spill political blood fighting for a fairer GST distribution, while Senator Xenophon said WA Liberals had failed to use their combined clout.
Mr Porter said in an opinion piece in The West Australian that WA Federal Liberals secured two GST compensation payments of almost $500 million each from Canberra in the past two years.
They also leant on former treasurer Joe Hockey to give favourable treatment to fine iron ore during a methodology review of the GST carve-up last year which secured $800 million to 2019 for WA, he said.
“So the scorecard of those making a difference for WA is: WA Federal Liberals $1.8 billion to 2019 and likely more each year thereafter, WA Nationals $0, Labor $0, Greens $0 and independents $0,” Mr Porter said.
The Social Services Minister also scoffed at Mr Grylls’ call for the Federal Government to quarantine the proposed tax’s revenue from GST calculations to stop it from being redistributed away to other States.
Mr Grylls said the sums were “crumbs off the table” compared with $21 billion in forgone GST by WA so far this decade.
Christian Porter and Michaelia Cash.