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Tasmania gets $92m more in GST revenue next year.

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Tasmania gets $92m More In GST Revenue Next Year

Wednesday, 1 March 2006

The Tasmanian Government will receive $91.9 million more in GST revenue next financial year according to the latest Commonwealth Grants Commission review, Senator Guy Barnett said today.

"There is no excuse for the Lennon Government in the way it manages our hospitals, schools and other vital services in Tasmania. The fact is the GST is delivering more than enough to ensure those services are first rate," Senator Barnett said.

"The increase in funding next financial year means that the State is averaging $72 million more each year in GST windfall funding than it would have received if the GST had never been introduced," he said.

"In1998 the Tasmanian Labor Party joined their interstate colleagues in opposing the introduction of the GST every step of the way, and now they are swimming in the revenue because all GST revenue is handed to the States. Every cent of it," he said.

Senator Barnett said the buckets of GST funding available for Tasmania exposed the incompetence of the State Government as economic managers, because the Productivity Commission report revealed how Tasmania was such a poor performer in management of, and expenditure on, our hospitals and schools.

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