05/08/2008 - 11:04

Barnett to take on Liberal leadership

05/08/2008 - 11:04

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Former opposition leader Colin Barnett has today put his hand up for the Liberal Party leadership with members of the political party to formally vote tomorrow.

Former opposition leader Colin Barnett has today put his hand up for the Liberal Party leadership with members of the political party to formally vote tomorrow.

Mr Barnett is favoured to replace Troy Buswell, who resigned yesterday after six months in the position.

At a press conference late this morning, Mr Barnett said he will accept the leadership position if elected at a party room meeting tomorrow and was going into the role he left in 2005 to win the next state election.

The next poll is due before May 2 next year, but anticipation is mounting that Premier Alan Carpenter will call an election within weeks.

During the conference, Mr Barnett dodged questions about the future of former Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA policy director Deidre Willmott, who had already been endorsed by the party to take the Liberal safe seat of Cottesloe.

Ms Willmott was to take the Cottesloe seat on the expectation that Mr Barnett will retire.

Mr Barnett said today that he had spoken to Ms Willmott last Thursday after a discussion with Mr Buswell, where the then Liberal leader had spoken of his decision to stand down.

Mr Barnett refused to discuss what was said in the conversation with Ms Willmott, but said he would love to see Ms Willmott as a member of parliament but could not guarantee her a safe seat.

Ms Willmott has yet to indicate she will willing step aside and contest another seat.

 

 






 

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