Posts Tagged ‘ hung parliament ’

Nationals know how west was won

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Colin Barnett’s administration is barely ready for government. Whle the front bench will include some talented performers, for the most part the Liberal Party has spent the past 3 1/2 years as a rabble. However the soon-to-be-minted premier is a substantial figure and will now carry the all-important gravitas of incumbency.



Western Australia pact breaks Labor grip

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Labor’s hold on every government in Australia ended when state Nationals leader Brendon Grylls told a packed media conference that his party would form an alliance with the Liberals, their traditional political partners, to form a minority government. Until last week’s election, no Liberal leader had won a state poll since 1997.



Carpenter at mercy of the Nationals

Sep 8th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Resurgent Liberal leader Colin Barnett, who put aside plans of retirement to contest the election, will meet Brendon Grylls today, in order to try to lock in the four seats the Nationals are expected to win. Mr Grylls has promised to support the party most willing to back his “royalties for regions” plan.



WA Labor, Nationals hold coalition talks

Sep 7th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Nationals leader Brendon Grylls says he will form government with whichever party endorses his plan to earmark a quarter of the state’s mining and petroleum royalties for regional Western Australia. Earlier, Mr Grylls stated that he is not interested in the lure of the deputy premier’s job or a frontbench position in the new cabinet.



Labor in decline, Fielding’s first test, Republicans on the rise - the week in review

Sep 7th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

This week saw big problems emerge for the Labor Party in New South Wales and Western Australia, while federally the Nationals shrank even further with the loss of Lyne. In the Senate, Steve Fielding voted down the luxury car tax increase, while in the United States, Sarah Palin has garnered an immediate and positive reaction.