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Anyone feeling sorry for WA’s Colin Barnett? It’s hard not to be really. Here’s the State that shouldered most of Rudd’s and Gillard’s excesses with a mining boom even Glenn Lazarus would have predicted busting at some point. Now that we don’t need poor little Colin and he actually needs us, he’s been told by every other State Premier to go make love to himself.
PM Tony Abbott is sticking to his guns saying the GST is a States’ problem and must be settled by the States. Well, The Pickering Post is sticking to its guns saying that’s still a load of frog droppings... It's never gunna happen.
The GST is a Federal Tax, legislated for by the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth can increase it, decrease it, broaden its base and apportion it. It can even abolish it if that’s its wont. But governments are not known for abolishing taxes.
So Uncle Tony has been talking bullshit. Of course he will eventually have to make a decision and he has only a slim chance of making the right one, which is this:
States’ GST allocations should be apportioned on a per capita basis with the Commonwealth Grants Commission spackling in the holes and smoothing out the bumps. There will always be periods of special needs, as is the case with WA right now.
But if the GST is to be fairly apportioned on a per capita basis then the States themselves should be collecting, by way of legislation, their own damned GST and spending it how they wish.
WTF is the Commonwealth doing even getting involved in this tax? It’s a States’ tax! But a centrist Canberra likes to be seen doling out funds that never belonged to it anyway.
When State Governments overspend, as most including WA will always do, they embark on the annual, cap-in-hand, farcical procession to Canberra crying poor... which has been the case eons before Howard’s GST was even invented.
Despite what Abbott says, the GST is supposed to be apportioned by Canberra! So naturally it has become an open invitation for traditionally wastrel Green socialist-inspired States like SA, Tas and Vic to overspend and then promptly make their cases for even bigger slices of the rich cake... and at every other State’s expense.
No wonder Vic’s Danny boy can afford at least $600 million to NOT build an East West Link. But, like all good car-hating socialists, Danny boy intends spending umpteen billions on egalitarian public transport.
Well, let him collect his own bloody GST and let him pay the ensuing electoral penalty.
WA’s mining bust has just blown a hole in a poorly constructed tax that should have been the electoral responsibility of the State that wasted the brass in the first place.
And while we’re talking per capita stuff, WTF is Tas and WA doing with 12 Senators each? No wonder we get rubbish like the PUP’s deserters happily siding with Labor and the Greens to cripple a duly elected Federal Government!
There is a State somewhere called California, with close to twice the population of Australia, that functions quite nicely with only two Senators, a State tax and a Federal Tax.
And it still adds up to less than ours!