Green with envy.
That’s what Mark McGowan said his State Treasurer counterparts would be with his $5.7 billion surplus in Thursday’s State Budget.
It’s the second budget running the state coffers have been so far in the black and it’s a figure that Josh Frydenberg would even wish he could post should he hold onto his seat of Kooyong and remain in Government.
The Premier and State Treasurer has wanted to play both sides of the fence when it comes to Anthony Albanese vs Scott Morrison.
He talked up Albo as the “next Prime Minister of Australia” at the Labor launch in Perth this month.
But right before the campaign officially kicked off McGowan was standing by the banks of the Swan River talking about the strong relationship he had with Mr Morrison and the Prime Minister.
McGowan is hedging his bets.
But apart from adding star presence to the Opposition Leader’s schedule when he travels to Perth in the remaining eight days left of the campaign, McGowan could also shape it by his $400 electricity bill cash splash.
The promise of cheaper electricity bills come July 1 might be in the minds of voters when they are deciding if Labor are a safe pair of economic hands.
They could think if McGowan’s Labor will give me cash, maybe Albanese’s Labor will too?
Whoever wins the federal election McGowan needs to ensure they can repair the rift with China.
WA’s wealth is directly tied to it. And there’s only so long McGowan can stave off China coming down hard on the West ask they have for the est of the country.
Jobs, future social investment and our state prosperity rely on it.