The Federal Government collects Excise Fuel Tax every time motorists fill up at the bowser.
Why is this tax an election issue for Western Australia?
A recent report commissioned by the RAC concluded that for every dollar collected from Western Australian motorists, just 41 cents was returned to the State in the form of infrastructure spending.
The Federal government collected $2.3billion from Western Australia, but invested just $944 million in 2014. The majority of the funding flowed to road infrastructure projects in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, not on Western Australian roads.
In 2016, the Western Australian State Government is under intense pressure to accept Federal funding for an extension of the Roe 8 highway. We would NOT be in this position if we had not been completely sold out by the major parties on many levels. Their elected members show a complete lack of political courage to rectify an out dated and unjust GST system that leaves West Australia begging for handouts on projects it doesn’t want like the Roe 8 highway extension.
Western Australia represents 11% of the country’s population and occupies a geographical area of approximately 33%. The next boom for this state will probably be agriculture for which we will need good rail and roads. We must have unconditional access to our share of the Excise Fuel Tax without encumbrances place on us by the Federal Government.
This is my commitment to Western Australia.
Independent Candidate for Western Australia in the Senate.