30 Nov 2012

Lower mining royalties hurt W/A govt

8:27 am on 30 November 2012

The state government in Western Australia says lower mining royalties and a falling share of GST continue to hurt its finances.

Latest quarterly financial results show the Government posted a surplus of $A70 million for the period to the end of September.

That is $A255 million less than the amount recorded in the same period last year.

The ABC reports total public sector net debt is $A15 billion.

Treasurer Troy Buswell said the results highlight the need for budgetary constraints.