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Federal Budget 2022: How the Coalition keeps ticking off Mark McGowan’s wishlist

If anyone was still wondering why Mark McGowan agreed to a joint press conference with Scott Morrison this month, they now have their answer.

The State Government was a big winner from the Coalition’s make or break pre-election Budget, which confirmed WA would be at the centre of the campaigns for both parties.

Billions of dollars in new funding was secured in Josh Frydenberg’s fourth Budget, with all but a handful of items on the State’s infrastructure wish list getting the green light.

There was $4.3b for a large-vessel dry dock at Henderson, $1.5 billion for the Pilbara, $1.2b for roads and rail, $375m towards a new cancer centre at QEII and $75m to cover the rising cost of labour and steel associated with Perth City Deal projects.

To put these figures in context, WA pocketed a 14 per cent slice of the nation’s infrastructure funding pie, which was 40 per cent above the State’s per capita share.

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