Productivity Commission’s landmark review proposes raising WA’s share of GST by up to $3.6bn, with NSW losing $1.2bn and Queensland $1.6bn

Australia’s eastern states would lose billions of dollars in GST revenue and Western Australia would receive a multibillion-dollar windfall if a radical overhaul of the GST distribution was adopted by the Turnbull government.

In a landmark review of the GST, released on Monday, the Productivity Commission dropped the policy equivalent of a bomb, suggesting the government could improve Western Australia’s share of the GST by adopting methods of distribution that see its GST take rise by either $3.2bn or $3.6bn, at the expense of every other state and territory.

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