The ABC news tells us that the ACT might be about to face a loss of its share of GST revenue as Western Australia does its usual lobbying effort to avoid sharing too much of its wealth with the rest of us.
This time, WA is backed by a Commonwealth Grants Commission report (3.9 MB download). If you go to page 493, you will see that we got an extra $29.7 million dollars of GST revenue in 2007-08 because of our extra costs of being a national capital. In 2007-08, these costs included our wide roads, the limitations of the NCA/NCP, the costs of using the AFP, the ACTION subsidy (due to free parking in the triangle), our low volunteer firefighter numbers, Canberra nature Park and the cost of anti-terrorism measures.
They propose that only the first three: wide roads, NCA/NCP, AFP – should remain. Of course, there is nothing in the document that shows how much we will lose as a result
The Libs are jumping up and down according to this ABC report – perhaps preemptively, perhaps not – and ACT Labor is yet to say anything.
Here’s the story from the ABC with comments from both Brendan Smyth and Katy Gallagher.