WA Gets Fairer GST Share as Distribution Changes Pass Senate

The Federal Government’s changes to the GST carve-up have cleared parliament, with the new laws set to give Western Australia a fairer deal. The laws passed the Senate on Wednesday morning, supported by the entire coalition, Labor, Greens and One Nation. WA Labor Senator and acting Senate President Sue Lines declared the bill passed with…

ANALYSIS: Is It Time To For WA Government To Lower Power Bills?

ANALYSIS BY: Elson Goh, Curtin University instructor and certified financial planner. We have all heard the good news that WA may be returning to budget surplus sooner than expected. This news is further enhanced by the announcement that the government will be spending some of the money on keeping power bills low. It has been established…

More Help Needed for Youth Amid Household Power Price Hikes

Social services advocates have called for more help for young Western Australians to face high electricity costs, despite treasurer Ben Wyatt stating  there would be a less severe increase than in previous years. Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS) CEO Louise Giolitto said young Western Australians would continue to be the hardest hit regardless…

State Government Strengthens Commitment to Community Services in New Policy

The State Government has boosted its commitment working with WA community services, strengthening its relationship with the not-for-profit sector. It unveiled its Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy on Thursday, revealing new measures to support communities. The policy will ensure the government strengthens the community service sector with longer contracts at a minimum five years…

WA Budget Back From the Brink With New Year-Early Surplus Expected

The State Government claims WA could return to a surplus a year early after budget figures revealed tight spending control and rising revenue has put the state’s finances back on track. An annual report into the McGowan Government’s first full financial year in 2017-18 showed a fall in the budget deficit from $1.32 billion to…

Shorten Pledges to Enshrine GST Floor into Law for WA

Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten will bring GST reform into law, promising to legislate it if he is elected at the next federal election. The opposition leader will commit to enshrining in law 75c GST floor for the state within 100 days of being elected, making the promise while campaigning in Perth on Wednesday. Mr…

Overseas Investment Meetings To Help WA’s Budget Saving Measures

Briefings between State and Overseas investors are set to take place next week, with the Ben Wyatt, State Treasurer, visiting Europe and North America for meetings with potential and current investors. The State’s prospective borrowing program will be discussed, as part of the Government’s commitment to budget repair and long term economic prospects. Total borrowings…

Federal GST Distribution Overhaul “Bizarre”: Expert

A political expert has called the Federal Government’s proposal to change Australia’s GST distribution the most bizarre fix he has ever seen, claiming it is not an overhaul. Murdoch University politics and policy senior lecturer Ian Cook believed the new measures that would give Western Australia a bigger share in the carve-up was a “farcical…