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Question Without Notice No. 111 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 March 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 21 March 2018

GST DISTRIBUTION
      111. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Treasurer:
      (1) Is the Treasurer aware of a statement made on Monday, 19 March 2018, by the Victorian Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy, MLA, in which he stated, and I quote —
          Victoria has been a donor state for far too long. We've been a net contributor to every other state since federation.
(2) Does the Treasurer agree that Victoria is not subsidising Western Australia?
      (3) Does the Treasurer agree that the only federal non–Australian Labor Party parliamentarians representing Western Australia who have made an effort to redress the GST rip-off of Western Australia have been Senator Peter Georgiou and Senator Dean Smith?
      (4) Does the Treasurer agree that the Victorian Leader of the Opposition is ignorant of the plunder of Western Australia through horizontal fiscal equalisation?
      (5) Is the Treasurer aware of any statement by the Western Australian Leader of the Opposition that addresses the ignorance of his Victorian counterpart?
The PRESIDENT: Minister for Environment, I think parts of those questions might be seeking some opinions, but I will leave it for you to respond.
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
Thanks, Madam President. I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1)–(2) Yes.
(3) No.
      (4) The Treasurer does not know the level of understanding the Victorian Leader of the Opposition has in relation to Western Australia's treatment under the horizontal fiscal equalisation system.
(5) No.