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post Oct 9 2007, 04:16 PM
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Premier Alan Carpenter has called on the Federal Government to give Western Australia due recognition and invest more in the State’s infrastructure.

The Premier made the plea as Federal Treasurer Peter Costello was set to make one of his rare visits to Western Australia.

“The reason Peter Costello can deliver such massive Federal Budget surpluses is Western Australia’s strong economy,” Mr Carpenter said.

“Yet Mr Costello rips $5billion out of the WA economy each year to spend in the Eastern States where there are more marginal seats.

“The Western Australian Government is embarking on a record $21.6billion capital works program and we have consistently requested Commonwealth assistance for infrastructure projects in Western Australia.

“However in the last Federal Budget, the Howard Government allocated only $317 per capita nationally on infrastructure, while the Western Australia Government allocated $2,154 per capita in our State.

“This equates to the Federal Government allocating just 2 per cent of its expenditure on infrastructure, compared to the State Government allocating 21 per cent of its expenditure on infrastructure.

“The Howard Government’s attitude towards Western Australia is in stark contrast to Federal Labor leader Kevin Rudd, who recognises the important role being played by Western Australia.

“Mr Rudd has committed $100million annually as part of the Western Australian Infrastructure Fund, based on a royalty share arrangement from the Gorgon and Pluto natural gas projects in the north of our State.

“Mr Rudd’s commitment to developing a national strategy for skilled workers through the Skills Australia program will also immensely benefit the Western Australian economy where the State is experiencing serious labour shortages.

“No such commitments have been forthcoming from the Howard Government, which has given scant regard to infrastructure projects in Western Australia.

“Western Australia deserve our fair share.”

Key facts:

Western Australia accounts for 36 per cent of Australia’s export earnings;
In 2005-06, Western Australia provided $28billion to the Commonwealth in taxes and revenue but received $23billion in return;
The last Federal Budget allocated only $6.556billion – or $317 per capita nationally – on infrastructure. The WA Government allocated $4.442 billion or $2,154 per capita in Western Australia;
Funding for the States (net of State taxes given up under the GST reforms) has fallen from 8.1 per cent of GDP in the early 1980s to 5.2 per cent in 2006-07, representing a funding cut of $30billion to the States; and
Western Australia will receive only 10.3 per cent of Auslink National Network funding, despite its 22 per cent share of roads in the Auslink National Network.


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post Oct 9 2007, 04:21 PM
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New Zealand decided not to Federate with Australia and despite lack of natural resources has prospered and is secure. People say we need a larger population to protect our land's resources but I say do what the Arabs do to protect their resources. Hire mercenaries. With the wealth which comes out of this land we could do a much better job at guarding our resources than Australia is at the moment, letting our northern waters being fished by poachers and piss weak defences of our most valuable gas resources. With our wealth we could afford to put some of our missing $5 billion p.a. into better equipping mercenaries to protect our new nation's resources.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secessionism_...stern_Australia
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