01/12/2020 - 20:17

Nalder quits politics

01/12/2020 - 20:17

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Dean Nalder has announced he will not recontest Bateman at the next state election, one week after ending his bid to succeed Liza Harvey as opposition leader.

Nalder quits politics
Dean Nalder was elected to state parliament in 2013. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Dean Nalder has announced he will not recontest Bateman at the next state election, just one week after he quit the race to succeed Liza Harvey as opposition leader.

Mr Nalder had previously held the finance portfolio and has served as shadow treasurer while in opposition.

He had declared he would contest the opposition's leadership after Mrs Harvey announced she would step away from the job in late November, however, he withdrew ahead of a partyroom vote after it became clear Zak Kirkup had majority support.

Mr Kirkup was elected opposition leader last Tuesday.

While Mr Nalder's announcement is unlikely to make much of a difference electorally, given he holds Bateman on a 9.5 per cent margin, his departure will open a significant hole on the opposition's frontbench.

Mr Kirkup told reporters this morning he would announce his shadow cabinet later this week.

Potential candidates for the role of shadow treasurer may include Sean L'Estrange, who served as finance minister from 2016 to 2017, and Bill Marmion, who has also served as finance minister and was the deputy leader of the oppostion under Mrs Harvey.

Hayley Cormann, noted lawyer and wife of former federal finance minister Mathias Cormann, has reportedly ruled out running for Liberal Party WA preselection in Bateman.

Mr Nalder has been approached for comment.

Mr Kirkup said he and Mr Nalder had spoken about the decision.

”I'm thankful for Dean's contribution to the Liberals WA and to our state,” he said.

”I understand and respect the decision he and his family have made and look forward to his next chapter.”

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