Mark McGowan insisted during his campaign for a second term in government that electoral reform of the Upper House was ‘not on our agenda’. But with the win secured, the reality is far different.
Peter LawState Political Editor
Two million West Australians should not have been put in lockdown over the long weekend. Not because it was an overreaction, but because the situation was entirely avoidable, writes Peter Law.
This is what a growing chorus of medicos say the nation needs ASAP.
Even without Ben Wyatt, this looks a more talented Cabinet. Factions still had a big say in the make-up, but the election landslide handed the Premier greater authority to select the team he wanted.
This election West Australians — some of whom would never have voted Labor before — overwhelmingly rewarded Mark McGowan’s leadership during the pandemic and for standing up to the Eastern States.
If Saturday’s State election is to be Mark McGowan’s crowning achievement, then thoughts will soon turn to how fast he’ll fall back to Earth, writes Peter Law.
The problems inside the WA Liberal Party run deeper than a young leader who ran a risky political strategy by putting climate change on the agenda and then being honest enough to concede he can’t win.
What was shaping up to be the most one-sided election in WA history just got interesting. The result remains predictable, but Zak Kirkup’s brave move has completely rewritten the campaign playbook.
Neither Mark McGowan and Zak Kirkup can bring themselves to be honest with the people of WA about the game they are both playing.
For two months, Mark McGowan and Zak Kirkup have been going through the motions. But the narrative has shifted. The question now is: What does Labor want to achieve with control in both houses?
If Mark McGowan is to get credit for keeping WA “safe and strong”, then he must also be held accountable for flaws in the hotel quarantine system.
The Labor Premier sounds like a tough talking, right-wing Sky News After Dark commentator while his Liberal counterpart is acting like a bleeding heart Leftie. What is going on?
As long as there are outbreaks over there and border closures here — and the resulting political fireworks — this interstate tit-for-tat now feels like Labor’s re-election playbook, writes Peter Law.
The border closures feel like the kiss of death for interstate tourism and only the rollout of the vaccine can bring about certainty. As a result, those reliant on must now be given a helping hand.
There is only one State Government turning its back on the rest of Australia as we start the second year of the pandemic. And it’s not WA’s, despite what Eastern States critics may claim.
While West Aussies are soaking up the sun and eating cheap crayfish, people overseas are nervous about even leaving home to buy milk and bread.
With Ben Wyatt having one foot out the door and an eye on finding his next gig in the private sector, it’s time the Premier allowed him to pass the baton on to his successor, writes Peter Law.
Before we look forward to what parties will promise to win your vote over the next three months, its worth looking back at what the party in power — Labor — failed to deliver, writes Peter Law.
Departures of Dean Nalder and Ben Wyatt leave big jobs to fill on both sides, writes Peter Law.
The McGowan government is treating Zak Kirkup like the Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort — he who must not be named. That says something.
At last, it feels like we might actually have something that resembles a contest at the State election in four months, writes Peter Law.
Barring a disaster for McGowan, the Liberals can’t win the election, but new leadership gives them a chance to save the furniture — and that’s a good for democracy, writes Peter Law.
Joe Biden had the wrong number when he telephoned Scott Morrison to ask for the secret to Australia’s success at managing COVID-19.
Truth is, if Labor appointed their cabinet ministers on merit, and not factions, Tony Buti would already be on the frontbench — this just cemented it.
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