‘Basket case’: WA Premier Mark McGowan rips into NSW government
West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has ripped into his NSW counterpart once again over the ongoing GST battle and forthcoming state election, labelling the government a “catastrophe” and a “basket case”.
Asked about recent comments NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet made about reviewing the GST revenue carve-up and his criticisms of the WA health system, Mr McGowan was quick to shoot him down.
“He’s got an election coming so he’s just trying to divert attention away from the NSW government, which is a complete and utter basket case,” Mr McGowan told reporters on Sunday.
“They’ve been in office too long, they’ve failed on so many fronts, they’ve blown the budget, they’ve wrecked the finances, so many parts of their state is a disaster.
“The NSW government has been a catastrophe. They’ve been through four premiers over their time in office (and) multiple corruption scandals — they’re a bit of a catastrophe.”
On the GST — which has been a fight between WA and much of the rest of the nation for years — Mr McGowan noted the formula struck by then Treasurer Scott Morrison in 2018 was fair.
“NSW gets back more than they put in, whereas we only get back 75c for every dollar we put in,” the Premier said.
“So how that is unfair on NSW is a mystery to anyone with a brain.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has so far dismissed calls from some states to shake up the GST system.
Mr McGowan said he was confident the government would “stick to it”.
“Obviously, they understand the importance of WA and the fairness of the existing regime,” he said.
“Clearly, if there was any prospect of changes that wold hurt the state, they’d have a big problem with the WA government.”
Regarding WA’s health system, Mr McGowan said his government invested more in the local heath system per capita than any other state.
“NSW failed to keep Covid out and let it run wild. That, of course, impacted their health system, whereas we didn’t have that issue,” he said.
In his final blow to the NSW government, Mr McGowan weighed in again on the March 2023 election.
“They’ve had so many disasters, the NSW government, I think their time is up,” Mr McGowan said.