Barnett to retire from WA politics after Burswood stadium opens

· JOE SPAGNOLO POLITICAL EDITOR

· PERTHNOW

· JANUARY 03, 2015 6:00PM
WA Premier Colin Barnett is tipped to step down in 2018 if he wins 2017 election.
PREMIER Colin Barnett will retire from politics after he tosses the coin at Perth’s new football stadium, according to informed sources.

If he wins a third term at the 2017 election, it is understood Mr Barnett will remain as Premier to see the Burswood stadium open the 2018 AFL season and retire later that year.

Insiders were also adamant that Mr Barnett would not spend any time on the backbench if he steps down as Premier – leaving his prized Cottesloe seat open for a newcomer.

The 64-year-old announced in October that he would vie for a third term as Premier.

The latest Newspoll, published in The Australian this week, shows he is in good stead with the electorate.

The primary vote for the Liberal-National coalition is currently at 42 per cent compared with the Opposition’s 33 per cent.

In September, Mr Barnett will clock up seven years as Premier.

Mr Barnett this week refused to answer questions put to him by The Sunday Times about whether he would serve out a full term of government if he won the 2017 poll.

Shadow treasurer Ben Wyatt said he had an “obligation to come clean and tell West Australians whether or not he will commit to a full term”.

Political analyst Harry Phillips said he expected Mr Barnett would not serve out a full third term of government if he won the 2017 poll.

“In the modern era, serving even five years as Premier is a big job and he would have served nine years as Premier by 2017,” Dr Phillips said.

“The problem that Colin Barnett has got is that if he goes to the 2017 poll saying he will stand down after the election that will weaken him.

“So I’d expect him to say he will do a full term if he wins.

“But I think there would be a fair expectation from the public that Mr Barnett will at least do two years of a third term as leader and do a good job while he is there.”

Sir David Brand was WA’s longest service Premier, leading the state for 11 years and 11 months.

Mr Barnett would need to remain Premier until September 2020 to beat that record.

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City of Perth Act to create a great capital for WA

Premier and Minister’s Media Statement

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

​City of Perth Act to be drafted as part of metropolitan local government reform
Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane have their own Acts of Parliament
Consultation with key stakeholders in the new year.

The State Government will draft a City of Perth Act which will establish Perth as the city’s pre-eminent council, with legislation due for introduction into State Parliament early next year.

Premier Colin Barnett said consultation with relevant parties would begin in the new year, resulting in an Act to recognise Perth as the State’s capital city and acknowledge its central role in tourism and economic development.

“Given the Government’s investment in revitalising Perth with investments such as Elizabeth Quay, the Perth City Link and Riverside, it’s timely for the City of Perth to have this special recognition,” Mr Barnett said.

“The city is the centre of business and retail activity and is the pre-eminent entertainment precinct in the State. This Act will recognise the need for it to be treated differently from other residential councils.”

The Act will also outline the City of Perth’s expanded boundaries, which will take in all of the City of Perth and the City of Vincent plus The University of Western Australia, Kings Park, the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre and the new Perth Children’s Hospital.

“It will bring several of the features that are Perth’s great selling points under one council which makes good sense from a planning and tourism point of view,” the Premier said.

“Cabinet has this week approved the drafting of the Act which will lay the foundations for building a great capital. A bigger and stronger City of Perth will be better equipped to respond to the demands of a growing State – and better represent WA on the world stage.

“It will give the city the status it should hold as Australia’s west coast capital and an increasingly important city in the Asia region.”

Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the Act was a high priority for the State Government.

The Act will be drafted in consultation with both the City of Perth and the current City of Vincent as well as relevant business, tourism and ratepayer associations.

Mr Simpson said the State Government’s plan for metropolitan local government reform was on track with reforms being progressively put in place.

Fact File
The new Act would operate in conjunction with the Local Government Act 1995
For more information, visit http://metroreform.dlg.wa.gov.au
Premier’s office – 6552 5000
Local Government Minister’s office – 6552 6600

Anti-merger Councils Confident of Supreme Court Hearing

Shire of Kalamunda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

15 September 2014

 ANTI-MERGER COUNCILS CONFIDENT OF SUPREME COURT HEARING

Councils opposing forced amalgamations in the WA Supreme Court have been told by Chief Justice Martin the case will be heard on 25th November 2014.

The Council merger plans by the Minister for Local Government are being challenged by the Cities of Subiaco, South Perth and the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, along with former Vincent Councillor Ian Ker.

Their Supreme Court action is being supported by the 12-member Councils for Democracy, including the Shire of Kalamunda.

Kalamunda Shire President Sue Bilich said “Chief Justice Martin signed consent orders last week enabling the case to proceed to hearing”.

The signing of consent orders means both sides have agreed to produce documents in support of their arguments ready for  the hearing on 25th November 2014.

“The Councils and their legal team are confident that there is a case for the Minister and the Local Government Advisory Board to answer and that this could be a turning point for local government reform, Mrs Bilich said.

The Minister for Local Government Tony Simpson received the report on local government reform from the Local Government Advisory Board last week and told media on Friday he was yet to read the 652 page report in its entirety or brief his colleagues.

He said he was waiting for the second part of the report which is still with the Advisory Board. Under the Local Government Act, the Minister can accept or reject the recommendations but not change them

The Supreme Court challenge against him alleges the Minister’s conduct was unlawful and misleading when he induced Councils to submit merger proposals, circumventing the Dadour Provisions which would give residents a vote by poll, and it challenges the impartiality of LGAB members, some of whom are government employees or who represent affected Councils.

It is understood that if the Minister seeks to act on the report before completion of the legal action, that the Councils and Mr I Ker will apply for an injunction from the Supreme Court.”

Mrs Bilich said; “A large majority of Shire of Kalamunda residents have been vocal in their objection to the proposed merger with Belmont and in February this year Electors attended the Annual General Meeting of the Shire and moved motions to fight this battle in the courts if need be. It appears that request is now coming to fruition and I am very pleased and proud to know we have a fiercely  independent thinking community in the Shire. This has been a fight for democracy through and through and it seems that people power may prevail in the end and we will either get to vote on our  future or we will stop the process. Both of which are acceptable outcomes for the community.”

Major traffic chaos results from closing Riverside Drive

UNIQUE CITIZENS’ ENQUIRY REVEALS MAJOR TRAFFIC CHAOS TO RESULT FROM CLOSING RIVERSIDE DRIVE; CALLS FOR ELIZABETH QUAY SCHEME TO HALT AND BE REVISED

Ken Adam & Ralph Stanton launch the CityVision Review of Elizabeth Quay proposalKen Adam & Ralph Stanton launch the CityVision Review of Elizabeth Quay proposal

A major inquiry into Elizabeth Quay prepared by three prominent citizens: the Hon Robert Nicholson AO, Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton AO and retired Associate Professor of Architecture David Standen AM, has found that the planning process was deeply flawed, and requires immediate, extensive review.

The enquiry, based on the views of invited experts, was commissioned by CityVision (www.cityvision.org.au) – a voluntary, non-party advocacy think-tank – after frustration at lack of transparency in the planning process. A major enquiry topic -“Traffic and Transport” – shows vital facts have been ignored, or are not available.

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