Posts Tagged ‘ western australia ’

Voters turn against Labor states, says Newspoll

Sep 24th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

Labor’s longest-serving premier, Mike Rann, is in deep trouble in South Australia, where the ALP’s primary vote has been overtaken by the state Liberals, leaving tied after preferences. Labor’s primary vote in Queensland dropped five percentage points to 38 per cent, against 41 per cent for the newly merged Liberal National Party.

Leader Barnaby Joyce still a maverick

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Senator Joyce, who has crossed the floor to vote against the Coalition more than 20 times since he entered the Senate in 2005, said his new position as the Nationals’ Senate leader would not alter his ways. “I am who I am by the grace of God, and I’m not going to change,” he said.

Troy Buswell goes from chair-sniffer to Treasurer

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

West Australian premier-elect Colin Barnett has today unveiled a 17-member cabinet featuring three Nationals MPs and an independent, Liz Constable. The Liberals formed a minority government this week after gaining the support of the Nationals in the state’s hung parliament.

Eric Ripper elected to lead WA Labor

Sep 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Outgoing West Australian Treasurer Eric Ripper has been unanimously elected Opposition Leader by the state’s Labor Party caucus. Incoming Kwinana MP Roger Cook has been elected deputy leader, party spokesman Kim Chance said. The legislative council will be led by former minister Sue Ellery and her deputy will be Kate Doust.

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.

Nine months of nothingness

Sep 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

With the mood turning against Labor in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Kevin Rudd may need a new plan. How about an action plan? For more than nine months, like a period of gestation, we have waited in anticipation for the change that the Prime Minister claimed this country needed after the Howard years. Smarting from attacks that his Government lacked direction, Rudd hurriedly rushed out a few planks in his education revolution a few weeks ago.

The state we’re in

Sep 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The surreal is everywhere. Witness Alan Carpenter, failed Premier from the rivers of gold state Western Australian telling the ABC’s The 7.30 Report on Monday that he wants to start “a completely new era in Western Australian governance” by teaming up with the Nationals. No, it wasn’t Clarke and Dawe. Don’t check your sets, this is supposed to be serious.

Nats head for a smaller paddock

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The problem for the voters of Lyne is that the high profile of newly elected independent MP Rob Oakeshott will not necessarily translate into real political achievement. Not unless the government of the day becomes dependent on one or more independents to sustain its majority in the House of Representatives.

Rumbles for Labor as walls are breached

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

With the outcome of the Western Australian election in doubt and upheavals in New South Wales, the aftershocks of the weekend’s ruptures in the Labor Party will be felt in Canberra. But other parties also have their problems. From coast-to-coast Labor governments to coast-to-coast confusion has taken a mere 10 months.