WESTERN Australia's devastating bushfires have claimed part of the political scalp of Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson, who will be replaced in the key portfolio by former Liberal leader Troy Buswell. Premier Colin Barnett insisted the move had nothing to do with criticism of Mr Johnson's performance, saying a fresh start was needed with a "proven" minister such as Mr Buswell.
The minor reshuffle came as Mr Barnett announced that former federal police commissioner Mick Keelty would head an inquiry into the causes of the recent Margaret River bushfire, which destroyed 32 houses and ...
Disenchantment with Labor in Western Australia has reached a 14-year high.
Just 30 per cent of voters want the party back in power - a result that could sound the death knell for Opposition Leader Eric Ripper.
The latest Newspoll, conducted exclusively for The Australian from July to this month, shows Liberal Premier Colin Barnett is virtually cemented into power, while Labor is now as unpopular as it was in 1996 when Geoff Gallop took over from Jim McGinty, who stood aside after admitting he could not connect with voters.
Primary support for the Liberals and Nationals - who have an ...
As debate begins on a bill that would legalise euthanasia in Western Australia, Premier Colin Barnett says society does not want government-sanctioned killing.
Debate on the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill in the state's upper house began on Tuesday afternoon after both Mr Barnett and Opposition Leader Eric Ripper allowed a conscience vote on the issue.
If passed by parliament, WA would be the first state in Australia to legalise euthanasia.
The private members bill, introduced by Greens MP Robin Chapple, would allow any terminally-ill West Australian over the age of 21 and of "sound mind" ...