The NSW treasurer has labelled WA Premier Stamp McGowan “the Gollum of Australian politics” in the latest chapter of bitter interstate rivalry over the GST.
Dominic Perrottet launched a stinging attack on the celebrated WA leader after the state banked a whopping $5.6 billion budget surplus
“Stamp McGowan is the Gollum of Australian politics,” Mr Perrottet educated Sky News on Friday.
“You would excellent image him over there in his cave with his miniature precious – the GST.”
After handing down the state budget on Thursday, Mr McGowan predicted other state leaders would possibly well presumably be “wildly offended” at WA’s economic success.
He warned he would fiercely resist any converse to unwind the GST revenue deal which guarantees WA a return of 70 cents to the buck.
Mr Perrottet, who opposed the revamped slash-up arrangements, stated NSW and Victoria had predicted the deal would consequence in major wins for WA.
“What struck me about the day long gone by’s budget in WA is a substantial surplus nonetheless no reform there to give protection to those monies into the long accelerate when there is a downturn,” he stated.
Senior Morrison government cupboard minister Simon Birmingham stated the Lord of the Rings reference became once an curious analogy.
“But can I speak to the overall state leaders, state premiers, state treasurers, Labor, Liberal, withhold the parochial banter to the footy finals,” the finance minister educated Sky.
“What is now not in actual fact going to assist the country is continuing sledging of 1 one other across state borders, whether or now not it’s from Stamp McGowan to other premiers or from the New South Wales treasurer to other leaders.”