A new WA political party offers $38,000 to each voter to expose just how big the government grab for cash is.People send me stuff. A new party is forming in WA in time for the state election next March. The main idea here is to expose just how large the sums of money are that our pollies casually toss around, and how much money individual voters are potentially giving up to bureaucrats.The background is that West Australians pay their 10% GST like the rest of the nation, but get only a third of it back from the Federal government at the moment - which leaves people feeling pretty miffed over here. No other state has ever got less than about 90% back. The mining boom meant the population grew a massive 40% from 2000 to 2015. Infrastructure, roads, rail, public transport has failed to keep up. Plus somehow the supposedly conservative local state government managed to run up a huge debt during the boom — yes, it’s that bad.
The Nationals leader, Brendon Grylls, wants to do something about the GST imbalance but is proposing to get the money back by adding a bigger tax onto BHP and Rio. Go figure.This is a monster money-grab risking WA’s reputation as a good place to invest. It’s got sovereign risk, written all over it. Brendon Grylls has successfully run before on a plan called Royalties for Regions — which put mining royalties back into the regional areas where the royalties were mostly earned. Though vast sums of money end up being fed into things like community centres, sculptures and touring performers. A new party is proposing to take that extra mining tax and give it back to the voters of rural WA. To give you some idea of just how much money is at stake, if this new tax came in, hypothetically, each rural voter could get an extraordinary $38,000 each to spend or invest over the next four years…..Read further…http://joannenova.com.au/2016/10/new-wa-political-party-offers-38000-to-each-voter-to-expose-just-how-big-the-government-grab-for-cash-is/