05/08/2008 - 09:42

Make way for Barnett: Liberal MP

05/08/2008 - 09:42

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Liberal Party MPs with leadership aspirations should cast them aside for the sake of the party, says Capel MP Steve Thomas, and make way for former leader Colin Barnett to take the helm.

Liberal Party MPs with leadership aspirations should cast them aside for the sake of the party, says Capel MP Steve Thomas, and make way for former leader Colin Barnett to take the helm.

The comment follows yesterday's surprise resignation of Troy Buswell who quit the leadership after six months in the role.

Mr Thomas today said those with leadership aspirations, such as himself, should put them aside for the sake of the party.

"The time is here for us to do our jobs and have Colin Barnett in the leadership," Mr Thomas said today.

"It should be done even without nominations.

"It is too late at this stage to try and elect somebody new."

Mr Thomas said while Mr Barnett had already announced his retirement, he was tried and tested and popular with the electorate.

Mr Barnett, a former opposition leader and resources and energy minister, has held the Liberal blue ribbon seat of Cottesloe for 18 years.

He's yet to say whether he wants the job which would make him the opposition's fifth leader in less than four years. Reports say he could make an announcement today.

The Liberal Party is due to meet tomorrow to decide on a new leader.

Premier Alan Carpenter can call a state election from now up until May 2 next year.

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