Big opportunity for the Liberals

CONGRATULATIONS are in order for Troy Buswell, who has rewritten the rulebook on how to become leader of the parliamentary Liberal Party in Western Australia. Less than one week after publicly admitting he was not ready for the job, a groundswell of support in the Liberal caucus led to Mr Buswell’s election as the new leader. Was this a display of faith in the talented 41-year-old, who has been in parliament just two years, or a sign of desperation by Liberal politicians who feared another devastating loss at the next state election? Former leader Paul Omodei, who had clearly failed to resonate with the general public, bowed out graciously, leaving only police spokesman Rob Johnson to contest the leadership. It was never a real contest, with Mr Buswell an easy winner. The leadership will be a big step for Mr Buswell. He was an excellent performer as treasury spokesman, working hard and mastering the detail of the portfolio, but will now have to be an expert across all policy areas. He will also need to build a profile with the public at large. For the sake of good government in WA, let’s hope that Mr Buswell lives up to his potential by leading a united and effective opposition.

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