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WA should get fair share: McGowan
WA should get fair share: McGowan

Western Australia should get its full share of the infrastructure funding due to come out of the federal government's mining tax revenue, state Opposition Leader Mark McGowan says.

Out of revenue from the federal government's Mineral Resources Rent Tax, an infrastructure fund will channel money to states to build roads, schools, electricity lines and other infrastructure, particularly in regional growth areas.

Mr McGowan said he would be putting his case to Prime Minister Julia Gillard shortly that the entirety of the infrastructure fund should go to those states that provided the mining tax revenue.

"So in the case of Western Australia we'd get 60 per cent of the infrastructure fund," he told ABC Radio on Wednesday.

"I'm not sure that we won't get it, I'm going to put it to the prime minister again shortly that that's what should happen."

Mr McGowan said he was going to be "very firm" with Ms Gillard on the issue and if the federal government wanted to build support in WA, they should distribute the funds that way.

He said there was "absolutely no way" that federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott would repeal the MRRT, as he had promised to do.

"I like the idea of the mining industry providing more for the people of this state and indeed for this country," Mr McGowan said.

"Because of the incredibly high cost of iron ore these days, the profits are massive and so the public of the country, who own the resource, getting a bit more out of it is a good thing."

Mr McGowan said he suspected WA Premier Colin Barnett, who has vehemently opposed the MRRT, would come round to the view that the best way forward was to maximise WA's returns from the infrastructure funding that would come out of the tax.

The West Australian

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