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WA GST share: NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet takes second swipe at Mark ‘McGollum’

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has once again likened WA Premier Mark McGowan to a fictional monster from Lord of the Rings, as the war of words over how much each state receives in GST continued on Friday.

Mr Perrottet referred to Mark McGowan as Gollum for the second day in a row, after he stepped in to defend Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

Mr Andrews hit back at Mr McGowan after the WA leader took a swipe at his State’s Commonwealth Games spending despite complaining the State doesn’t have enough money.

“There’s Mark ‘McGollum’ on the other side of the country passing judgment on Dan Andrews and his financial management,” Mr Perrottet said.

“If you have a service-based economy when you have borders closed, when you’ve invested record amounts when you’ve had to make tough decisions on lockdowns and the like, that puts significant strain and pressures on your budget.”

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.
Camera IconDominic Perrottet referred to Mark McGowan as Gollum for the second day in a row, after he stepped in to defend Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. Credit: AAP

There has been growing agitation from other States over WA’s 5.7 billion Budget surplus and GST carve-up.

Legislated by the Coalition in 2018, the deal ensures WA receives at least 70 cents for every dollar it contributes and is slated for a review for 2026/27.

The reignited debate on Friday comes as newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wouldn’t commit to making the State’s highest share of GST revenue a “forever deal” as his predecessor did.

In an exclusive interview with The West Australian, he had vowed to make frequent appearances in the State but wouldn’t confirm further intentions.

Mr Albanese did, however, say he wouldn’t be touching the GST deal before the next Federal election in 2025.

“From time-to-time, States will have different interests, and they’ll put them forward, and I respect that as well. That’s their task. My job is to implement what I said I would do and that was to provide that commitment, and we will stick by it,” he said.

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