Australia needs Liberal PM: Barnett

28 Jun, 2010 05:00 AM
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Premier Colin Barnett wished Opposition Leader Tony Abbott every success in the coming election, saying "Australia needs a Liberal Prime Minister".

Addressing today's Liberal Party federal council meeting in Canberra, Mr Barnett criticised the current government for attacking his resources rich state.

"There's no denying it, Western Australia feels under attack," he said.

"We just want to get left alone to get on with it and we are not being left alone."

He argued strongly against the resources rent tax saying 40 per cent was too high and would reflect poorly on companies.

He also argued there needed to be a floor on what WA would receive in GST revenue since it was now a major contributor but received only 68 cents in the dollar behind Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales at 90 cents.

As to health reforms, Mr Barnett was not shy in getting down to the nitty-gritty which then begged his question: "Why would the Commonwealth get down to such details? It would just be an administrative nightmare."

He said micromanaging was a common theme for the Commonwealth, which had managed to set-up 42 ministerial councils.

He said flights across the country to convene for all those councils came at a great expense.

"I hope Tony when you get into power you get rid of 20 ministerial councils... it will help the bottom line of the West Australian budget," he told his Liberal colleagues.

"I wish you every success, Australia needs a Liberal Prime Minister."

WAtoday

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