GST stolen from WA?
Strayan citizenship 101: from the mouths of miners/minors.
Try the historical records of state revenues vs state expenditures by the Federal govt.
Until the mining boom, WA was heavily subsidised by the eastern states. Technically, it was unsustainable but necessary to maintain the commonwealth. WA was alway very happy with this arrangement, and it was necessary for a state with such sparse population (and hence low revenue stream compared to its geographical size). This was when the majority of commonwealth taxation income was derived from individual workers, and previously from agriculture and pastoral industries.
During the mining boom, WA was wealthy and didn't need such huge subsidies any more. Hence GST distribution was tweaked because WA could finally pay its own way, and pay back a small fraction of the historical subsidies. Post mining boom, this tweaking probably needs re-tweaking, as the WA economy no longer has such a massive revenue boost from the mining industry. What did state and commonwealth governments do with the riches of the mining boom? Did they invest wisely for the future and create economically sustainable industries? Or did they share this largesse with the fine citizens to go out and buy imported big screen tvs and other consumer goods?
Australia is a commonwealth. This means our wealth is common to all of us. At different times, all states have needed to be subsidised by other states. The Australian economy is diverse, with different states and regions having different economic strengths and weaknesses. As global demand shifts between sectors, different parts of the commonwealth of Australia contribute more or less to the national economy. This gives the commonwealth strength and resilience through its diversity.