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Power players – WA’s most influential

State politicians rule our world

State politicians

1. Geoff Gallop

2. Michelle Roberts

3. Jim McGinty

4. Colin Barnett

5. Eric Ripper

6. John Cowdell

7. Giz Watson

8. Norman Moore

Just who are WA’s most influential people? WA Business News attempts to answer that question over the following four pages, examining the State’s hierarchies, both seen and unseen, with a sector by sector analysis.

IT was never going to be an easy task. Determining WA’s most influential people is a challenge mired in subjective criteria, diversely varying opinions and elusive targets.

WA Business News set off on this task in February, casting far and wide for the thoughts of readers and contacts to establish a framework from which to build on.

However, it soon became apparent that even the concept of “influential” was a subject of conjecture.

Was influence derived from position, power or proximity?

As far as we are concerned, it could be any of these, and once we had concluded that influence itself was a very open matter we went off searching for those in that very cate-gory to help us hone this list.

Not everyone we talked to is on this list.

Some are the unseen with influence on the influential. Some simply have a passing interest but manage to pay attention.

Every opinion we gathered was different, but we thank those who were prepared to have one.

No two lists would ever be the same. And a list today, may change tomorrow – or at the very least after an election.

Some people made it on a list, dropped off and then returned, as argument raged about their fate.

Others started at the bottom and worked their way higher, as further confidential discussions lifted their stars and revealed their prominence.

In the end, these lists did not come from a panel. They were not agreed upon by committee. They are not the result of a vote at an election.

But they are the climax of exhaustive efforts to find out who really has a hand in shaping the future of our state and they should prove a strong guide to those who are interested in who holds the power in our region in 2002.

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