Treasurer Scott Morrison says the present system is out of kilter and needs reform.
To make a concession to the coal lobby would flout the technology-neutral foundation of the NEG and have much more serious implications than throwing in some money to boost the GST pool.
The Fitzroy River in flood in 2017.
The new Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council aims to overcome a management problem faced by many traditional owners: the fact that major rivers flow through lands home to many different groups and languages.
The 35 m-diameter dish antenna of ESA’s deep-space tracking station at New Norcia, Western Australia.
Australia occupies a unique location vital for supporting NASA and ESA deep-space missions.
Victoria has led the way in upgrading intercity rail services with medium-speed VLocity trains that have a cruising speed of 160km/h.
High-speed rail for Australia has been on the drawing boards since the mid-1980s but has come to nothing. Three states are developing medium-speed rail with federal funding, but NSW is missing out.
In the field studying the rock association in the Doolena Gap greenstone belt, 30 km north of Marble bar in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The remote Pilbara region of Western Australian formed many billions of years ago when the Earth was much hotter and the crust softer than it is today.
The Victorian mountain ash forest has been severely affected by fires and logging. To determine the actual health of the forest, we need to look at the quality, not just the quantity of what remains.
In the aftermath of fires or logging, conservation needs to focus on recovering the health of the remaining vegetation, not just the size of the forest or woodland.
An echidna in the Western Granites at Jam Tree Gully.
On his bush block in the WA wheatbelt, poet John Kinsella attempts habitat restoration and reflects on the responsibilities of the writer as a witness to species loss.
Colin Barnett has rejected calls for him to step down as an MP.
Should defeated party leaders stay in parliament? Former Western Australian premier Colin Barnett is an interesting case in point.
Sophia Forrest as Eli in Let the Right One In.
Photo credit Daniel J Grant
Based on the 2004 novel, Let the Right One is a bloody staging of a vampire romance. Except in this show, the predator is a teenage girl.
Contrary to popular belief, sex workers were more likely than not to report that their work enhanced their wellbeing.
The study shows the negative effects of sex work's criminalisation, including a reluctance of workers to go to police and clients using it as an excuse to abuse workers.
The Living Space development in Cockburn, Western Australia, has won praise as an innovative mixed-use social housing project.
Courtesy of HHA Projects
The states that are delivering more affordable housing have sophisticated, multi-pronged strategies to serve the full range of needs.
What will happen to gold mines if royalties are raised?
The Western Australian government is trying to improve its budget position but businesses claim increasing royalties will deter investment.
Beautiful Cottesloe beach in Perth – could Western Australians soon file for divorce from the rest of us?
To secede or not to secede, that is the question for WA, as it considers going it alone (though not everyone is taking it seriously).
Aboriginal dancers from Pinjarra perform at the unveiling of the counter-memorial in Esplanade Park, Fremantle, April 9 1994.
Courtesy Bruce Scates
A Fremantle monument to three white explorers was revised in 1994 to acknowledge the violence committed against Indigenous owners. As Australia struggles to reconcile its racist past, perhaps this monument shows a way forward.
Solar panels are still a rarity in WA’s lower-income areas.
Western Australia has huge amounts of sunshine and wind, yet only 7% of its energy comes from renewables. What's more, most households in the poorest suburbs are still locked out of the solar panel boom.
A message ploughed in the land calls on the federal government to help drought-affected farmers near the wheatbelt town of Kondinin in 2001.
In two 30-year periods, an area in WA roughly the size of England was stripped of native vegetation for farming. It has produced some of our finest writers, from A.B. Facey to Dorothy Hewitt to Jack Davis.
Blessed with mineral royalty payments, the Western Australian Government has seen its allocation of GST revenue slashed.
The government shouldn't cave to WA's calls for a change to the way GST is divvied out. The current system has served Australia well.
Scott Morrison said the Productivity Commission had been asked to inquire into the impact of the current system of horizontal fiscal equalisation.
The government has ordered the Productivity Commission to review how the GST revenue is sliced up.
Western Australia’s largest private solar array covers the roof of this food distribution centre in Perth’s south.
Despite its name, the National Electricity Market doesn't reach WA. But those charged with guiding the eastern states' energy transition should look west once in a while.
Mark McGowan can confidently put his ideas into action after Labor’s landslide victory.
The appointment of Western Australia's first minister for Asian engagement shows the new state government understands how deeply embedded the state’s interests are in the Asian neighbourhood.