If a Liberal government can’t balance the books, then what exactly can it do?
THE one-time boom state of Western Australia has lost its prized AAA credit rating, in a massive blow to the Barnett government’s fiscal credibility.
Worse, Barnett’s response is to call for a rise in the GST!
I think it is fair to say that Barnett is leading a Labor Lite government.
In the first test of Mr Abbott’s leadership, Liberal WA Premier Colin Barnett has insisted he man up and sort out the tax, suggesting Australians wouldn’t mind paying more to fund vital public services….
“Do Australians really mind that much if the GST was 10 per cent or 12.5 per cent if it means maintaining high-quality health and education and disability services?” he told the ABC.
“I suspect the Australian people are mature enough to say: ‘We’ll cop that’.”
To what end exactly? Short of a foreign / alien invasion there is no case whatsoever for raising the GST. Like governments across the country, WA has a spending problem not a revenue problem.