Porter de­fends GST record amid crit­i­cism

Pilbara News - - News - Daniel Emer­son

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.

Pic­ture: Mo­gens Jo­hansen

Chris­tian Porter and Michaelia Cash.

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