Nat says Govt will lose poll
Brendon Grylls has not held back on his dramatic tilt at the Nationals leadership, saying he does not believe the Government is in a winnable position to succeed in the March State election.
In pot-shots at both Cabinet and Canberra, Mr Grylls took aim at the last State Budget for worsening WA’s financial position and said he did not believe the GST tide would come back in.
Mr Grylls, who aimed to take back the leadership position he gave Terry Redman three years ago, said the Nationals had a “wonderful history, since 1913, of putting forward ideas”.
On the question of why he thought the Government would lose, Mr Grylls said there was a lack of policy strength.
“I don’t currently believe we have a policy position to enable us to challenge, to win, in 2017.
“I will have my say on that policy, my colleagues will have their say,” he said.
Mr Grylls said WA’s finances were in a “precarious position” and suggested he was the only one coming up with a solution.
“People’s jobs are at risk. Job security is the biggest issue this election. I have a plan around that. I’ve had a history of living or dying on the issue, of putting forward policy ideas and campaigning to the maximum of my ability on it,” he said.
Mr Redman said he did not agree with Mr Grylls statement that the Government could not win a third term and said it was not unusual for there to be leadership challenges in political parties.
“There’s a whole range of stuff that’s out in the media,” he said. “I’m disappointed with that, but again we are trying to deliver an outcome for people who live in regional WA.”
Mr Redman said he did not think it was “the right thing” to canvass other parties’ leadership situations.
Leadership tilt: Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls.