THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
1 May 2012
Tony Abbott has today let the cat out of the bag, revealing he would short-change Territorians, siphoning off much needed GST revenue to his Liberal mates.
Speaking in Perth today, Mr Abbott told reporters: “I think that it does seem quite unfair that the people of Western Australia get so little back for the GST revenue that they provide to the rest of the country.”
“I think that what ought to be very seriously considered by the government right now is the proposal all the Liberal states have put up, that the GST revenue should be distributed on what is closer to a per capita arrangement.”
Mr Snowdon said changing the current situation of fiscal equalisation to Mr Abbott’s per capita funding plan would see the Territory lose $2.2 billion out of its annual budget – nearly half its total.
“Under Tony Abbott’s plan – he would gut investment from our hospitals, schools, nurses, roads and other critical programs we need to keep the Territory growing strong,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Tony Abbott has again proved today the Liberal Party is no friend of working people and no friend of the Territory.”
Lidija Ivanovski 0407 108 935
or Marcus Butler 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796