Mark McGowan has urged the federal government to continue to commit cash to WA in the federal budget, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison dashed the premier’s hopes for more funding for road and rail projects.
Mr McGowan said during the week the federal government cannot forget about WA during Mr Morrison’s visit to the state, claiming WA had contributed more than $30 billion that was allocated to the rest of the country.
The premier indicated that he would welcome money for road and rail projects in particular for the Metronet rail project and would accept more for the outer-metro link to Morley.
He said that Canberra had already committed $500 million for the Ellenbrook line.
Mr McGowan had also called for more funding for regional roads including the Karratha-Tom Price Road.
He said top up money already provided from the Commonwealth would be spent on debt reduction, while Metronet funding would be spent as contracts were signed.
However, he stated that WA had made substantial financial contributions to the nation and the federal government should be giving back.
“I would just say to the Federal Government don’t forget about Western Australia,” he said.
“We’ve given a lot to the other states over the years, more than our share.”
“We deserve something back.”
Mr Morrison began a four-day trip to WA on Thursday after touring the soon-to-be re-opened Christmas Island detention centre.
He responded to Mr McGowan’s wishes, stating that they would not be granted because the government had already gone “above and beyond” for WA.
“They haven’t even been able to yet to spend the money on Metronet that we’ve committed to,” Mr Morrison said.
Mr McGowan also said the government should help pay for the redevelopment of the WACA Ground.
“They supported the MCG, they supported sporting grounds in Sydney and Brisbane, they gave us nothing for Optus Stadium,” he said.
“I urge the commonwealth to provide some support.”
However, Mr Morrison said WA had already received enough money.
“Too much money never seems to be enough sometimes with state premiers,” he said.