The Morrison Government’s GST reform package unanimously passes the Senate — so when will WA benefit from it and how will the extra cash be spent?
After a decade-long campaign from the west for a fairer deal, the Morrison Government’s GST reform package has unanimously passed the Senate.
The overhaul will cost $10 billion over a decade, and there has been a guarantee that no state or territory would be worse off enshrined in law.
Western Australia will be $4.7 billion better off under the plan over a period of eight years.
So when will WA see the extra money?
So-called top-up payments will start to flow into state coffers from next year when a staged plan to implement the overhaul begins.
Here’s the breakdown of how much additional cash WA will get over the next few years:
- 2019-2020: $814 million
- 2020-2021: $585 million
- 2021-2022: $305 million
After that, a key element of the overhaul kicks in — a new GST floor.
Just how bad did WA’s GST share get?
WA’s share of GST fell to 30 cents in the dollar in 2015-16 as the Commonwealth Grants Commission continued to deem it “the state with the strongest fiscal capacity”, long after the mining boom ended.
Source: The GST overhaul has been given the green light — here’s what it all means for WA – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
At least 224 children in Roebourne, Karratha and surrounding towns have been identified during a major police inquiry in the Pilbara as alleged victims of sexual abuse, State Government briefing notes have revealed.
Some accused perpetrators are children and attend high schools in the Pilbara region where victims are also students.
Child protection authorities have told school leaders the names of the alleged victims and alleged offenders identified under the long-running inquiry to ensure they could be monitored, according to the documents.
The briefing notes — prepared for Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk last year but only released ahead of a Department of Communities budget hearing tomorrow — provide more details about the highly secretive investigation.
Operation Fledermaus was launched in late 2016 by WA Police to investigate large-scale sex abuse in the Pilbara but senior police and the Government have refused to release many details about what was uncovered…
Source: At least 224 children identified as alleged victims of sex abuse in the Pilbara | PerthNow