Bar­nett: I will re­main Premier

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

Bar­nett COTTESLOE MLA Colin Bar­nett is con­fi­dent he will re­main Premier de­spite big swings to La­bor in some Fed­eral Elec­tion booths and spec­u­la­tion about his lead­er­ship be­fore his win­ter hol­i­days from Fri­day.

“There is not go­ing to be a change in lead­er­ship. I can’t see any sign of it. I’ve raised the is­sue in the party room, I’ve given peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity if they want to put their hand up. No one has,” Mr Bar­nett said.

Those men­tioned for WA’s top job have been min­sters Liza Har­vey, Dean Nalder, Mike Na­han and Joe Fran­cis.

Mr Bar­nett said he had “ab­so­lute sup­port” to con­tinue as Lib­eral Party leader, but would still “do the right thing” and step down if the party be­lieved there was some­one to do that.

This week, he met 15 of his MPs to discuss what was claimed be ei­ther lead­er­ship rum­blings or the 2017 State elec­tion cam­paign.

“There are peo­ple in the part who are po­ten­tial lead­ers into the fu­ture and I want that, and I ad­mire am­bi­tion, but when I came into pol­i­tics I said I wanted to be Premier and it took a long time, 17 years,” Mr Bar­nett said.

He said he did “not read much” into re­sults, in­clud­ing booth swings of up 10.9 per cent to La­bor in fed­eral elec­torates cov­er­ing some of his MPs’ seats, be­cause get­ting a fourth State term af­ter a high Lib­eral vote in 2013 would al­ways be “dif­fi­cult”.

“And when you con­sider over­all the Lib­eral twoparty pre­ferred vote will be 54 per cent, or close to it, and the La­bor’s pri­mary vote was only about 32-33 per cent, if I was Op­po­si­tion leader Mark McGowan I would be more wor­ried,” Mr Bar­nett said.

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