Grylls is on the money once again

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Wil­liam Har­vey Ko­jonup

Per­haps a bit of a re­fresher course is timely re: Bren­don Grylls.

You’ll recall he was a lone voice in an­nounc­ing his in­ten­tions after he’d won the bal­ance of power in State Gov­ern­ment that he would in­tro­duce Roy­al­ties for Re­gions and have it set in leg­is­la­tion so re­gional WA had an in­vest­ment con­duit not de­pen­dent on the out­come of ev­ery elec­tion.

La­bor and Lib­eral at the time were ve­he­mently op­posed to the idea, say­ing it wouldn’t work or hap­pen.

It did, and re­gional WA has been the ben­e­fi­ciary of some $7 bil­lion on a mul­ti­tude of projects, with most of them lev­er­ag­ing off Roy­al­ties for Re­gions, so the in­vest­ment spend in fact, is many bil­lions of dol­lars more.

This leg­is­la­tion has turned out to be one of the most ef­fec­tive and far-reach­ing poli­cies in the his­tory of re­gional WA.

Now, Mr Grylls is not con­cen­trat­ing on spend­ing the money, rather on giv­ing WA a solid fi­nan­cial base to build our fu­ture on, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing debt, the abo­li­tion of pay­roll tax for small busi­ness, and the re­sul­tant growth in jobs and small busi­ness.

Mark McGowan, with his re­cent an­nounce­ments made for Col­lie and Al­bany, when pressed on how La­bor would fund these, an­swered, “with Roy­al­ties for Re­gions”.

The irony of that won’t be lost on the peo­ple.

Now Mr Grylls is ask­ing that the two big min­ers pay a bit more than the 25¢ per tonne pay­ment struck more than 50 years ago to con­tinue to mine the iron ore be­long­ing to the peo­ple of WA, and again the La­bor and the Lib­er­als, with One Na­tion, are howl­ing him down.

You’re on the money again, Bren­don. As the elec­tion gets closer, La­bor, Lib­er­als and One Na­tion will be­gin to re­alise sid­ing with the two big min­ers, in­stead of with the peo­ple of WA, is not so smart after all.

Do they re­ally think we will all just stand back and let the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment steal even more money?

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