In fairness to West Australians, they are fed the same kind of idiotic quality of narrative that we get in the Advertiser from their main paper and it doesn't help that their own Treasury publishes cherry picked dates to make it look like they always got the short straw.JAKJ wrote: ↑Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:05 pmWA people have a short memory... prior to around 2007-8 WA was a massive net recipient of Commonwealth fund transfers since Federation, more so than SA inflation adjusted.claybro wrote: ↑Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:30 pmYou all do realise how much WA tax has been redistributed to SA in the last decade don't you? Celebrate a win for SA by all means, and there are some good things coming out of SA at present, but really, those comments are a little petty.Jaymz wrote: ↑Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:38 pm
Yep and after being the epicentre of the largest boom in Australia's history and squandering most of it, W.A has somehow managed to end up with one of the worst balance sheets in the country.
And now W.A is crying poor to the Feds about tax distribution......sob sob, sniff sniff
You never hear how the '30c in the dollar' was never that low after other Federal transfers (never went below about 70c net at worst), they conveniently ignore the huge transfers to Tas and NT per head, they ignore that the transfers began purely to assist WA back in the day and of course the WA Govt was silent on the Grants Commission formula (which was known and fixed) until it began working against them - at which time it was 'suddenly' intolerable.
The defence spend is also obviously going to 'leak' massively to other States because there is no way that SA alone has the capability to fulfil all these contracts even with growth and that too is well known to the WA government. However it's much easier to point over to those awful South Australians and call them bludgers than to ask how exactly the WA budget ended up in crisis... maybe they should try selling some government assets and less subsidies of their utilities?
On topic, SA's history of space and rocket research is unquestionable and therefore it's entirely justified that SA should be the site of any space agency. I agree that some kind of space and rocketry museum on the site would be be a major tourist/educational drawcard.