Added by Annika L. Krugel on February 15, 2011
Premier Collin Barnett, West Australia, addressed the parliament for the first time this year and announced his vision for the new year. Mr Barnett talked about West Australia’s legislative agenda for 2011 and about the important issues that the state will face in the upcoming year.
West Australian Premier Collin Barnett said that the fight against the federal government’s intention to implement the MRRT (Mineral Resources Rent Tax) will continue as it would predjudice both the state and Australian economy.
Mr Barnet talked in front of the Parliament on Tuesday and said that “The threat to the resources industry through an ill-conceived, complex tax on mining is reckless, ignorant and breathtakingly poor public policy. The Liberal-National government will not surrender power of royalties to the commonwealth.”
According to the West Australian Premier, the government would continue to fight for the industry’s safety by urging the commonwealth. Mr Barnett stated that West Australia’s merchandise exports amounted no less than 44 percent of the country’s overall export numbers, whereas exporting to China was done by the state by over 70 percent.
The Premier further added that West Australia will benefit from projects worth approximately $170bn in the next 5 years, which will support and help the state’s economy to grow.