Amongst the rst of the news we should note that voters of O'Connor have done what the Liberals didn't have the spine for - removed Wilson Tuckey.
Mind you I don't follow this Nats logic. He wants 25% of mining "royalties" returned to regional WA. But he opposes the mining tax. Why not support the mining tax - it is on "super profits" - but still ask for 25%. That gets more for his regions.
Mind you those in the West who claim they subsidise the rest of the country should think wider. We only need to defend Australia because of its natural resources. Without the Federation (and without the British Empire) could WA defend itself?