The ABC has the happy news that population growth has brought us a small increase in GST revenue:
The ACT will get a $20 million increase in GST funding after recommendations from the Commonwealth Grants Commission were agreed to.
Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan met his state and territory counterparts in Canberra on Wednesday morning and agreed to adopt the recommendations from the Commission.
As a result, the ACT has been allocated an extra $20 million over the next financial year due to an increase in population.
It does, however, mean we need to consider what a shrinking ACT would look like if the public service gets a haircut.