Grylls is on the money once again
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?