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WA Premier Mark McGowan has fired a warning shot against potential New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet if that state attempts to renegotiate the way the GST is shared.
Mr. McGowan has vowed to “fight to the death” to preserve his state’s share of GST revenue if Mr. Perrottet or whoever takes over as prime minister seeks to increase that state’s share.
“I only met him [Mr Perrottet] as treasurer of some of the zoom meetings a few times and if he becomes premier of NSW I will congratulate him on that, ”McGowan said on Sunday.
“But we have to be vigilant about what other states are going to try to do.
“Basically New South Wales has a terrible financial situation, massive deficits, huge debt. They were very bad financial managers, so what they will try to do is blame someone else.
“[They will say] “It’s Western Australia’s fault” because we get 70 percent of every dollar we invest in the GST, which is sort of to blame for NSW’s financial woes. NSW gets back something like 96 cents for every dollar it puts in GST, we get 70 cents back.
“We have to be vigilant as to what states like NSW might do and we will not oppose any weakening on our part of the GST and we will fight them to the death for it.
Mr McGowan said he expected NSW to try to change the shares.
“We’re funding them billions of dollars already, how do they think all this support for NSW is funded?” It is funded by open states, including ours.
“They will try to blame us for their financial mismanagement and we will not. “
Mr McGowan said WA is on track to achieve 80% of double doses of vaccination in December and therefore could look to make decisions on opening borders with NSW and Victoria, but those decisions will be influenced by the numbers COVID in those states at this time.
“I don’t want to see any of these worst case scenarios happen in WA, which is why we are so careful,” McGowan said.
“We’ll get to a point where we can advertise what we’re going to do between 80 and 90 percent of the vaccinations. If you want to start traveling to NSW, Victoria or overseas again, get the vaccine.
“It’s sad what’s happening in NSW and Victoria, but they will take steps to end their lockdowns and put in place various measures that can be monitored in states like ours that are COVID-free when we do.” let’s make our decisions. ”
WA reported that a diplomat arrived in Perth and began quarantining himself at home in an apartment before testing positive for the virus over the weekend.
Mr McGowan said the diplomat and his family were moved to a medical hotel for a 14-day quarantine and that four close contacts who helped the family get from the airport to their apartment were in home quarantine for 14 days and one had already returned a negative test.