Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan says he is happy to have united the Victorian government and opposition in a tongue-in-cheek response to a verbal spat with the state over GST and Games spending of the Commonwealth.
McGowan criticized that Victoria is spending $2.6bn to bring the games to Bendigo, but also wants a bigger GST split as WA reaps mining royalties.
The stance drew reprimands from Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and his opposition counterpart as well as NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.
Perrottet told reporters that McGowan shouldn’t lecture anyone on budgets when all WA was doing was digging things out of the ground and selling them. He referred to McGowan as “Gollum”, an obsessive and solitary creature of The Lord of the Ringsafter using the jibe the last time the GST debate erupted.
Despite this, McGowan invited Perrottet to visit WA.
“I was told he’s never been to WA so I’m happy to arrange a program for him and bring him here to take a look and make sure he understands what what our state is,” he said.
“I think it’s important if you want to be state premier, you make sure you’ve seen the whole country.”
McGowan went on to highlight the support his state has given NSW in terms of COVID assistance, flood support and revenue from WA that has gone to the Federal Government.
“We continue to support NSW financially, so WA is a donor state that sends billions of dollars east, including to less fortunate states like NSW, and will continue to do so because we want to help our fellow Australians,” did he declare.
“I would just urge the Premier of NSW to make sure he understands the whole country and take a look at what WA is doing.
“We have kept all of our industries open during a very difficult time [COVID-19] period. Rivers of gold flooded the Commonwealth which was then used to bail out Victoria and NSW in particular during this period and that is obviously a nationwide benefit provided by the West Australians who continue to go to work.
“The bottom line is that other states shouldn’t come after Western Australia’s GST share and that’s the point I’m trying to make.”
While Federal Labor MP Tanya Plibersek has apologized for comparing likely new Liberal leader Peter Dutton to Harry Potter villain Voldemort, McGowan said he found a depiction of the potential new leader of the federal opposition as a dark wizard on the front page of western australia “relatively amusing” diary.