The Turnbull Government has again ignored the needs of Western Australia, with Federal Social Services Minister Christian Porter today confirming that the Federal Government has refused to contribute to the cost of the new Perth Stadium.

Premier Mark McGowan wrote to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asking for a contribution towards the $1.2 billion Perth Stadium which was in line with previous contributions to stadia around Australia.

Mr Porter stated today that the ‘Commonwealth generally doesn’t fund stadiums – this is a very rare event’.  So rare in fact that there have six recent examples:  $100 million towards Townsville Stadium; $55 million – Adelaide Oval; $24 million – Skilled Stadium Geelong; $15 million – Bellerive Oval in Tasmania; $75 million – the SCG; and $90 million – the MCG.

In each of these six cases, Federal Government funds were contributed from either consolidated revenue or Infrastructure Australia grants.

Treasurer Ben Wyatt said, “The Federal Government has been more than happy to make significant contributions for other stadium developments around the country.  We are once again being treated poorly compared with other States, it’s very disappointing but not surprising.”