GST lemons!

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY‘s campaign to fix the GST is a per capita share of GST revenue collected by Canberra and paid to the states and territories – no strings attached.


Six states and territories receive more GST than their per capita share as this graph from CGC shows. WA (-5.7%) and NSW (-4.6%) are the only states that receive less.

A per capita share GST formula is easy to understand, stops Australia from being a welfare nation on the back of GST handouts, and the negative effect of pokies used to exploit gamblers and their addictions as revenue windfalls for all states except WA.

GST per capita share 2018







Labor’s proposal (April 2018) is for a 70 cent GST floor using $1.6 billion infrastructure fund as compensation to WA for its low GST share.  The fund is a “de facto” level of 70c in the dollar, without taking any money from other states.  This fix is a GST LEMON. Modelling show the money could run out a year later after a Labor government came to power, Andrew Burrell, WA Chief Reporter, Perth, 11 April 2018. Click here>>>


The Commonwealth Grant’s Commission’s Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation report (May 2018) recommended a model base on equalisation to the average state.  Under this model WA would receive an extra $7 billion over the next 8 years or $875 million each year, hardly enough to pay the interest on WA’s debt and a shortfall to the $7 billion per year base on a per capita share.  The Commission assumes all states will exploit revenue from gambling and pokies. This fix is a GST LEMON.


Liberal’s proposal is to fix a 70c to 75c in the dollar floor to deliver WA $4.7 billion in extra GST cash over 8 years or $587.5 million per year, again like Labor, it’s not enough to pay the interest on WA’s annual interest payment on debt, and it’s not $7 billion per year under a per capita share of the GST. This  fix is a GST LEMON.

Q: Does the GST still need fixing?

Yes, while other states use our GST to balance budgets and pay down debt:

  • WA has nearly $40 billion in debt and an interest bill of $1.3 billion per annum.
  • WA is the ONLY STATE to receive less than 83 cents in the dollar of GST revenue since 1999, and the only state to receive the lowest amount at 30 cents in the dollar.
  • WA is closing services and robbing Peter to pay Paul – Moora College, WA Camp Schools, etc.
  • The GST formula rewards states that exploit gambling revenue and pokies. WA does not.
  • WA increases payroll tax which impacts on jobs.
  • Payroll tax is harmful to WA small business
  • MRIT being used to prop up WA’s credit rating.  This $500 million tax pool is meant to fund public open space and land for transport – roads and rail.

GST Lemons!


Save WA Camp Schools

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY says NO to the proposed closure or privatisation of six WA Camp Schools in:

  1. Point Peron,
  2. Goldfields,
  3. Bridgetown,
  4. Pemberton,
  5. Geraldton,
  6. Goldfields, and
  7. the Pilbara.

The closure  will impact over 10,000 students across WA including local schools like the Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Forestdale Primary School and Byford Primary School that utilise the WA Camp Schools.

Russell Goodrick, candidate for Darling Range says:

“camp schools are excellent examples of community facilities that provide immediate and long term benefits for the WA community.  They contribute to a holistic education for children in addition to enhancing the local community and the local economy.  These important contributions should be recognised and supported.”

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY’s campaign for 100% of our per-capita share of GST is gaining momentum.  If elected we will ensure GST revenue is used by the State Government to stop the closure of Moora College and WA Camp Schools, and provide a well-funded education, health and law enforcement service to all Western Australians.

Vote 1 Russell Goodrick for Darling Range on Saturday 23 June 2018.

Russell Goodrick for Darling Range Photo




Gambling tax exemption from GST split hurts WA

If the Liberal Party were really serious about fixing the GST for WA, they would have voted YES to include gambling revenue in the GST formula at the 2018 Liberal Party Federal Conference.  Instead they voted NO.

It is a little known fact that each state’s gambling revenues is not considered when the Commonwealth Grants Commission decides how much GST revenue each state should receive.

The states and territories that permit Club poker machines benefit from this situation receiving more GST plus significant revenues from Club poker machines and other gambling, far in excess of what Western Australia raises from the Burswood located casino. As a result, Western Australia’s share of Commonwealth revenue becomes GST welfare to these states.

Club poker machines and gambling revenues are another reason why WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY says

“GST formula is a LEMON and should be abolished.”

“Forget the GST formula which Liberal and Labor won’t fix, just give WA our 100% per-capita share of the GST revenue.”

If Western Australia received 100% of our per-capita share of GST, we could pay off debt, and provide a well-funded education, health and law enforcement service to all Western Australians.

Currently Western Australia receives $5.3 billion less than its capita share of the total GST revenue, and this shortfall is partly due to the exclusion of gambling revenues from the GST formula.

Vote 1 Russell Goodrick for Darling Range on 23 June 2018

Russell Goodrick for Darling Range Photo


Say YES to Police Workers Compensation

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY says YES to Police Workers Compensation.

It is a little known fact that WA Police officers are currently excluded from Workers Compensation payouts, and those that are medically unfit to work are sacked from the Police force.

While the WA State Government is pushing forward with plans for Metronet, they are currently procrastinating on introducing a Police Compensation Scheme and amending Section 8 of the Police Act,  which WA Labor promised to do, prior to being elected in March 2017.  This issue has been going on for 20 years.

The Western Australia Party says that WA Police should be treated no differently to any other employee with regards to Workers Compensation.

Compensation for police men and women and police services is being compromised by the Federal Government’s refusal to pay Western Australia its per capita (11%) share of the GST.  Instead the State Government is forced to revenue raise through speed cameras, denying Western Australia a properly funded well-resourced police and law enforcement service.

Russell Goodrick, candidate for Darling Range says

“If Western Australia received 100% of our per-capita share of GST and Fuel Excise revenue, this would assist to fund Police Workers Compensation, open a Police Station 24×7 in Darling Range, and sufficient Police to maintain law and order in Western Australia.”

Currently Western Australia is short-changed by $5.3 billion each year of its per-capita share of the total GST revenue.  This shortfall is denying Western Australia a well funded Police Service which is urgently required, not just in the Darling Range electorate, but across Western Australia.

Vote 1 Russell Goodrick for Darling Range on 23 June 2018

Police Workers Compensation

Apples and Lemons

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY kicked off it’s campaign for the seat of Darling Range on the WA Day public holiday.


We are backing the orchard owners of Darling Range – the Apple of Our Eye.  Imported fruit is threatening WA’s brand as a pest and disease-free state.

apple cropped

The first shipment of WA apples was exported to London in 1910, and rapidly increased to 126,808 cases by 1914.  Today, the Perth Hills region including the Darling Range is home to organic apple orchards which continue to export overseas and supply Western Australia’s grocery stores, juice makers and cider breweries.


At the same time Mr Turnbull’s GST offer of 80 cents in the dollar is a LEMON.  It’s a copy cat of Mr Shorten’s offer of top ups and hand outs which come with strings attached.

GST Lemon

GST Lemon – top ups and handouts!

More than $5 billion of annual GST revenue is missing from the proposed offers.  GST revenue can be used to pay off the state’s debt and fund education, health and law enforcement.

Top ups and handouts come with strings attached on where the money can be spent, and how much the state should put in to match the handout.  These offers are simply LEMONS.

Meanwhile other states use our $5 billion of annual GST revenue to balance the budget and provide services to their electors.

Vote 1 Russell Goodrick to get better deals for WA!

Darling Range by-election

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY is delighted to nominate Mr Russell Goodrick as its candidate for the Darling Range by-election on 23 June 2018.

Russell is a former award-winning Channel 9 newsreader, a producer of thousands of TV programs, and a community leader for many organisations including a founding member of Football West.

Party Convenor, Julie Matheson says “This by-election is a referendum on the GST for Western Australia. We don’t want promises of handouts or top ups. The Western Australia Party wants our per capita (11%) share of the GST to fund education, health and law enforcement.

“As one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, Darling Range has affordable housing, but unaffordable living. We need to fix the lack of infrastructure, extend Tonkin Highway and the Train service.” says Russell.  “We can do that with a greater share of the GST, a subject that has been painful for the major parties trying to please their bosses in Canberra.”

After having lived in the East Metropolitan area for most of his life, Russell ran for the Western Australia Party in the 2017 State election to advocate for changes to the family court to make it better for mums and dads, especially children.  He is passionate about tourism and has promoted over 60 country towns in Western Australia.

Russell says the Darling Range has always been the Apple of My Eye.

True to form Russell is “still the One” and drew position 1 on the ballot paper out of 11 candidates!

Contact:  Julie Matheson on 0409 294 495 or email


Cottesloe By-election

Legislative Assembly Election was held on 17 March 2017.

It was a fantastic effort by former Mayor of Mosman Park Ron Norris to pick up nearly 10% of the vote for the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY in the Liberal safe seat of Cottesloe.

Ron’s fearless campaign on the GST for WA and local issues forced the Liberal Party to make election promises in the seat of Cottesloe like never before. The Cottesloe electorate was promised the sale of public housing in Mosman Park, lower density duplex and single storey dwellings, low rise on Cottesloe beach, funding for the Peppermint Grove Tennis Club, and realignment of Curtin Avenue to address traffic congestion.

It’s a hollow victory for Mr Honey, polling 20% less votes in most polling booths than in 2017, and election promises to keep! The Greens campaign picked up less than 1,000 votes out of a possible 5,280 Labor votes.  Labor didn’t support a candidate this election.

The Western Australia Party is over the moon with the result in Cottesloe, and thank the voters for their support in this election.