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Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Page: 3951

Senator GEORGIOU (Western Australia) (15:59): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator GEORGIOU: This is the most important issue in my home state of Western Australia. It is discussed every day by members of the WA community, including the media. West Australians are sick and tired of getting a raw deal with the GST. We have been propping up the eastern states when we simply cannot afford to do so. We in Western Australia are getting just 34c for every dollar. Meanwhile, our neighbours in the Northern Territory get $4.60 for every dollar and our neighbours in South Australia get $1.43 for every dollar. The situation is so ridiculous that the Productivity Commission was called in to review the system. Now we have the report, but the government is not releasing it. I urge all senators, especially those supposedly representing the Western Australian people, to vote in favour of this motion. Show all Western Australians where they really stand on the issue of a fair GST for WA.