All quiet on Nahan fate
Senior WA Liberals are refusing to comment on suggestions Mike Nahan is preparing to quit as Opposition Leader this week as Dr Nahan insists to colleagues he is staying put.
Dr Nahan has also flatly rejected claims he recently drafted a letter of resignation, even as Liberals continued to privately question the Opposition Leader’s performance.
Deputy Liberal leader Liza Harvey, Upper House leader Peter Collier and shadow attorney-general Michael Mischin declined to answer questions on whether Dr Nahan had recently indicated to them he wanted to stand down as leader.
The West Australian reported yesterday that senior Liberals believed Dr Nahan was considering stepping down, possibly before the coming winter parliamentary break.
Arriving at Parliament, key frontbenchers were united in their public support of Dr Nahan, maintaining he would lead the party to the next election. Fronting reporters, Dr Nahan said only that he was focused on holding the McGowan Government to account. Dr Nahan did not answer when asked if he had considered resigning. His office later issued a statement refuting suggestions he had recently drafted a resignation letter. Dr Nahan briefly addressed the leadership story during a regular Liberal partyroom meeting, saying he was not going anywhere. It is understood Mr Collier also touched on the issue, standing by Dr Nahan. But other Liberals privately said there was growing leadership talk among backbenchers, questioning whether the issue could come to a head over the coming three weeks. Mrs Harvey, considered the frontrunner to replace Dr Nahan, refused to comment on suggestions she could take over as leader, saying she was not going to get into “hypothetical discussions”. Asked if Dr Nahan would lead the party to the election, she said: “That’s the intention.”
She said she was “disappointed” at media reports on the leadership, insisting she was loyal to Dr Nahan.
Shadow health minister Sean L’Estrange, also considered a possible leadership contender, said Dr Nahan “should” be leader at the next State election.