Somehow I don't think we'll be hearing much more talk about secession from WA anymore:

The State Government will make temporary assistance available to junior iron ore miners on a case by case basis as they restructure operations in challenging market conditions.

Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett and Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the assistance would be in the form of a 50 per cent rebate on eligible haematite iron ore royalties for up to 12 months, subject to the iron ore price remaining below an average of $A90 per tonne over the period.