The Western Australian Treasurer, Troy Buswell, has resigned after an accident involving his ministerial car. The Premier, Colin Barnett, says Buswell has suffered a breakdown and has been hospitalised over recent weeks.
Speaking at a press conference in Perth, Barnett said he had accepted Buswell’s resignation and assumed the Treasurer’s portfolio himself. He said ministerial changes would be finalised by the end of this week.
According to newspaper reports, Buswell crashed his car the day before going on leave on February 23. [Read more…]
The first-term Liberal-Nationals government led by Premier Colin Barnett has been comfortably re-elected with an increased majority in today’s Western Australian state election.
The ALP appears to have lost 6 seats to the Liberals: Forrestfield, Morley, Balcatta, Joondalup, Belmong, and Perth. Pilbara has gone to the Nationals leader Brendon Grylls. The Liberals have retained all of their seats. The Labor-held seats of Albany, Collie-Preston and Kimberley are not yet decided. [Read more…]
The Council of Australian Governments met in Perth today. It was the first meeting since the election of the Rudd Government which included a Liberal Premier, Colin Barnett, from Western Australia.
A statement issued after the meeting said: “COAG agreed that the present unprecedented upheaval in global financial markets and renewed international scrutiny of their regulation underlines the importance of pressing forward with the COAG reform agenda to enhance the productive capacity and flexibility of the Australian economy. Building on its agreement in July 2008, COAG endorsed an implementation plan to strengthen the Australian financial services and credit regulation framework.” [Read more…]