Several years ago, WA was the nation's strongest economy in the middle of Australia's greatest mining boom but it has now unveiled its highest ever deficit and debt.

The WA government recorded an operating deficit of $2.02 billion for the last financial year and net debt of more than $27.3 billion, both record figures. Labor Opposition Leader Mark McGowan on Thursday described it as shocking reading for West Australians and appalling economic financial management by the Liberal-National government….