Monday, April 22, 2024

WA Liberals ship once more with Steve Thomas, Brian Burke fiasco

The most recent scandal to afflict the WA Liberal Get together includes an embarrassing personal aim and a disgraced former premier.

Former WA premier Brian Burke and WA Liberal Party shadow treasurer Steve Thomas (Image: Private Media/AAP)
Former WA premier Brian Burke and WA Liberal Get together shadow treasurer Steve Thomas (Picture: Personal Media/AAP)

It’s not simply on GST income that Western Australia offers greater than its fair proportion — thanks largely to the state Liberal Get together, the state additionally produces extra farce than it might eat domestically. For the previous three years, the WA Libs have been a type of eerie inverted clown automobile: all of the elements preserve flying off, however quite than a comical variety of jesters rising, it’s mainly empty. By no means have so few generated a lot embarrassment for thus many.

The most recent scandal to afflict a celebration that in any other case might barely area a full crew for a social sports activities kickabout is the resignation of deputy chief Steve Thomas after it was revealed he’d used none apart from Brian Burke, presumably probably the most famously disgraced premier in WA’s historical past, to facilitate conferences with high-profile businessman John Poynton.

Let’s complete it up. Not solely did Thomas have common contact with a determine so completely and completely disgraced that successive Labor leaders have banned their colleagues from contacting him. Not solely did he deflate one in every of Liberal chief Libby Mettam’s more practical assaults on the Prepare dinner authorities by admitting to having contacted Burke after Mettam had confidently asserted — after Burke’s involvement in COVID-19 assist packages turned identified earlier this month — “I’m very comfy in saying that there is no such thing as a connection between Liberal Get together members and Brian Burke”.

However to prime it off, Thomas liaised with a Labor Get together determine. He reached throughout the aisle for the very worst his opponents needed to supply. There are the predictable questions on Mettam’s judgment and management — if she had been to go, it could be the sixth time the celebration has modified chief since they had been final in workplace. Because it stands, Merome Beard, who give up the Nationals to be part of the Liberals final 12 months and thus elevated their decrease home illustration by a 3rd in a single transfer, is the one decrease Liberal left who hasn’t at one level been chief. So… it’s her flip, we guess?

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