Mining and agriculture get nod

Michael DulaneyKalgoorlie Miner
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In his maiden speech to Federal Parliament, Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson has outlined his commitment to the mining and agriculture industries in his electorate.

Calling mining the “lifeblood of the Goldfields”, Mr Wilson reiterated his election promise of working towards an exploration tax incentive to help restore confidence to the mining industry.

He also outlined his long family history in the agriculture industry, highlighted his support for the sector and praised Esperance as “one of the most vibrant and successful agricultural regions in the country”.

The speech, delivered on Monday, also gave Mr Wilson the opportunity to criticise the unequal distribution of GST funding between States, which was a prominent topic during the Federal Election campaign.

“As a West Australian I cannot ignore the inequity of the GST distribution formula,” Mr Wilson said.

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“While we West Australians are happy to help our compatriots, who are working hard to improve their economy just like we did, we resent propping up those States that are not making every effort to maximise their resources and opportunities.

“The planned review, in March next year, is an opportunity for me and for other WA members to make the case for a more equitable arrangement.”

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