Nationals consider running in metropolitan seats

THE Coalition is in trouble in Western Australia as a stoush between the Nationals and the Liberal Party over the introduction of a mining tax deepens. 

Indeed the relationship is now so bad National MPs are openly advocating for the party to run candidates in city seats in an effort to hurt the Liberal Party's chances at the next election. 

The National Party is presently advocating for a $5 a tonne tax on iron ore to be placed on BHP and Rio Tinto and the debate has reignited concerns across the state that it doesn't recieve its fair share of the GST. 

"We need to expose that the major parties don't have the will to change the GST and the only way to get them to listen is to take the issue to the ballot box in metropolitan Perth," Nationals MP Vince Catania said in the Weekend West on Sunday. 

The Nats believe their mining tax will go over particularly well in urban areas. 

However the threat has been dismissed by Liberals with one MP today describing it as "huff and puff."

"I think they should save their money. I don't think it's going to do them much good," Electoral Affairs Minister Peter Collier told the ABC.

"It's a bit of huff and puff."

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