15 Liberals revolt against Premier Barnett, Labor gets stronger

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Fifteen Liberal Party Members of Parliament questioned the leadership of Premier Colin Barnett in Western Australia.

“This is not about the numbers”, Mr. Dean Nalder clarified to a reporter, who openly commented standing on the steps of the Parliament minutes before Liberal Party began its deliberations: “you don’t have numbers, do you?”.

Indeed the vote was not about the numbers, but to paraphrase British democracy theorist Karl Popper, about the competence and accountability vs. loyalty and irrefutability.

It was not clear why Liberal Party Members of Parliament decided to challenge the leadership of Mr. Barnett. Mr. Nalder did not want to discuss the matter publicly: “There are concerns in the party room and I believe they should be discussed in the party room. ”

He revealed one issue, which should be a matter of concern for WA taxpayers – the ineptitude of the Premier Barnett’s Administration.

“I have concerns about his leadership and leadership style, particularly the administration that sits around him in the Premier’s office”, Mr. Nalder said.

The morning a spill motion was called by former WA government minister Murray Cowper at Parliament.  It was moved by MP for Murray Wellington, Murray Cowper, seconded by MP for Morley, Ian Britza. No discussion took place in the party and the spill was defeated. Premier Barnett won the vote 31-15.

Earlier Cowper admitted that he wanted a leadership change and it was clear to him Mr Barnett would not honour his previous commitment to step aside if it was in the best interests of the party.

“What I would hope to happen is for Mr Barnett to fulfill his promise and step aside graciously, but it’s become apparent he’s going to go out the door kicking and screaming and that will cause additional injury to the party,” he said.

 

WA Labor support in Perth Northern suburbs getting stronger

In the latest Western Australian State election betting: Labor Party wins over Liberals $1.50 to $2.45, said an economist and manager Stephen Koukolas.

The results of the Unions WA commissions polling in five electoral districts, including in Northern Suburbs seats: Bicton, Mt Lawley, Morley, Southern River, Swan Hills and Wanneroo also confirmed that Labor Party candidates are favoured over incumbents.  According to the polling Labor earned 51 and Liberals 49 percent.

While Liberals are trying to restore the image of its unity and resolve, the Labor Party has been intensively campaigning in what seems to be undefeated Liberal stronghold of Northern Suburbs. Northern Suburbs electoral districts are home for the Liberal Party hawks including Christian Porter, Minister for Social Services, who has just begun to wage his war on the welfare system.

WA Liberal Party began intensifying its campaign in Northern Suburbs from the debate on jobs and unemployment organised by the Labor Party candidates for Joondalup and Cowan  in late August. The event was well attended and reinvigorated interest in the solutions and proposals offered by Labor Party for Northern Suburbs.

On Tuesday WA Labor leader Mark McGowan together with his Shadow Ministers with Roger Cook, Sue Ellery MLC, Rita Saffioti MLA, Stephen Dawson MLC, Labor Member for Mining & Pastoral, Dave Kelly – Bassendean Labor MP and Chris Tallentire MLA arrived for a Shadow Cabinet Meeting at Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club in Joondalup.

Leader McGowan said that Commodore Gary Bell invited Shadow Cabinet to discuss with club members and local residents about our positive policies.

“Lots of conversation in a packed out room meant that our day in Joondalup concluded in the best fashion; hearing from the people directly about what they care about the most and what they want from a McGowan Labor Government in 2017”

“This is what makes WA Labor the best party to govern this state”, McGowan added. 

Earlier McGowan announced a new candidate for Burns Beach.

“Mark Folkard joins my WA Labor team as our candidate for Burns Beach, and with Joondalup candidate Emily Hamilton, these two are both committed to serving the people of the North Metro region under a McGowan Labor Government in 2017”, he said on Facebook.
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