ENG: Colin James Barnett (born 15 July 1950), Australian politician, is the leader of the Western Australian Liberal Party, Premier of Western Australia since the 2008 election and Treasurer of Western Australia since 27 April 2010. He was sworn into office by Governor Ken Michael on 23 September 2008. Prior to becoming Premier, he was head of the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a lecturer in economics at Curtin University, a Minister in the Court government (1993–2001) and Opposition Leader (2001–2005). Since 27 April 2010 Colin Barnett became the Treasurer of Western Australia after the resignation of former Treasurer Troy Buswell.
Barnett was born in Nedlands, an inner western suburb of Perth, on 15 July 1950. He was educated at Nedlands ...
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" ...
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Lib-Nat’s: MRRT challenge puts Labor budget ‘at risk’
The conservative federal Liberal-National opposition claims the Labor government’s budget risks falling into a heap if Fortescue Metals Group is successful in its High Court challenge against it soon to be implemented mining tax. Fortescue Metals Group, owned by mining ...
office of science …
An office of science is probably a good idea, but in this case, Premier Barnett is the last person I would want. He has totally rejected the opportunities for Science investigation off the Dampier Peninsula, especially his pig-headed approach against the … Continue reading →
Fortescue cuts ‘further sign’ mining boom demise
Australian iron ore miner Fortescue Metals has shelved $1.57 billion of expansion plans and cut hundreds of workers’ jobs, in a further sign that the peak of the mining boom may have passed. Fortescue, founded by billionaire Andrew Forrest, blamed ...
Kimberley fantasy … Premier Barnett’s folly
In Asia, Woodside and the State Government’s plans were described as ‘fantasy’. Save The Kimberley http://asiancorrespondent.com/105086/australia-kimberleys-multi-billion-gas-hub-collapsed/ Australia: Kimberley’s multi-billion gas hub collapsed | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | As asiancorrespondent.com Western Australia’s fantasy of making Kimberley as the … Continue reading →