Liberals’ secession push gathers momentum
A motion first raised by the Liberal Party’s Brand electorate branch to establish a committee that would pursue whether WA should seek independence from Canberra took a huge step on the weekend, with delegates at the party’s State conference backing the push.
The push for the so-called “WAxit committee” was backed 89 votes to 73 at the State conference, despite arguments from opponents who claimed it would make the party look like the “insane fringe of the Liberal movement”. Former Liberal Party Brand candidate Rick Palmer moved the motion, which was backed by party president and known secessionist Norman Moore.
The motion, which originally pushed for a six-member committee to examine WA becoming an independent State within the Commonwealth, was watered down to include the word “financially”.
State Opposition Leader Dr Mike Nahan opposed the idea, along with Labor’s Brand MHR Madeleine King.