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WA deserves fair GST share: Barnett

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016

Most state government spending was on schools and hospitals, making it "appalling" that WA was the victim of a flawed formula that meant it received the lowest GST share in the nation, Premier Colin Barnett says.

The fact that WA's share of GST revenue has dropped to 30 cents for every dollar raised - compared to about 100 cents or more for the other states - continues to rankle.

A ReachTEL poll this week revealed 80 per cent of respondents believed the state was being ripped off.

Despite that, Mr Barnett said he took heart in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's commitment in Perth in August to put a floor in place once WA's share rose again - based on the complicated grants formula based on how a state is performing economically.

"The commitment has been made by the prime minister to myself and to West Australians that our share will rise up above about 70 cents, if that floor is put in place we will never have the instability in revenues," he told reporters.

"The reason we need stability in revenue is that most state government spending is on education, health and that is related to population.

"In the last eight years our population has risen by 450,000 people, bigger than the state of Tasmania, so the people of this state deserve their fair share of this revenue."

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