That’s all it takes: three things!
I’m not surprised to read, yet again, that Canberra and the other states recommend ‘no change’ to the broken system. Why would we expect leadership from those who are benefiting from this broken system? The leadership, courage and decisiveness that we so badly need must come from Western Australia and this is how it could be done.
Business organizations (for example, the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, together with head organizations from various professions) could suggest that their members (WA businesses and organizations) continue collecting and remitting GST (via BAS returns). From a certain date (say, July 1, 2017), they could remit the collected GST not to Canberra but directly to the WA State Government.
Such business entities would continue complying with their role as unpaid tax collectors, but keep the GST in WA. This would simply cut out the middleman—in this case the Federal Government. By bending the laws in this manner the efficiency of the GST would improve dramatically. This is because WA would no longer have to pay the extortionately high cost of ‘paying the freight’ on sending the money ‘east’ and receiving back only about 30 per cent of the monies ‘exported’.
With leadership, courage and decisiveness this could happen.
If more of us take the time to read the Australian Constitution and the Western Australian Constitution, we would be reminded that the Federal Government was appointed by the states as agent/servant of the states, tasked with specific functions. Similarly, State Governments are servants of ‘the people’. Novel but true and I wonder why we are not encouraged to read both Constitutions.
Without leadership, courage and decisiveness nothing much will change and WA will meander on as a highly productive but remote and overlooked outpost.
The outcome is entirely in our own hands.
Note: This simple solution could quickly resolve a more threatening Constitutional challenge to the current GST distribution sham. A modern reading of Constitutional law could find that overt ‘theft’ from one state and the distribution of the proceeds to another is unconstitutional.