Wednesday, December 2

Liberal leader Liza Harvey has announced that she will resign


After weeks of speculation, Western Australia Liberal leader Liza Harvey announced that she will resign to give the party a chance to fight in the state elections in March.

Two other MPs have confirmed their leadership ambitions, desperate to defend themselves from the annihilation of the elections.

“I step aside because I believe it will give our party an opportunity to reestablish our electoral strategy,” Ms. Harvey told reporters today.

Five weeks ago, 9News unveiled a campaign to destabilize WA’s Liberal leadership – the push to overthrow Ms. Harvey powered by state and federal party forces.

The deputy leader of the opposition, Bill Marmion, told 9News in October that he was “right behind Liza.”

Shadow treasurer Dean Nalder had said he was not aware of any challenges or changes in Ms. Harvey’s leadership.

9News has confirmed at least two leadership contenders: Dean Nalder (right) and Zac Kirkup.
9News has confirmed at least two leadership contenders: Dean Nalder (right) and Zac Kirkup. (Nine)

At the time, Ms. Harvey herself called the impeachment suggestion “utter nonsense.”

Just 12 days ago, the Scarborough MP insisted that he would stay.

“Look, I’m not going to talk about hypotheticals. I will take the Liberal Party to the next elections,” he said.

But faced with a premier tapping into a presidential-style popularity due to COVID-19, Ms Harvey couldn’t shake off mounting pressure.

“During COVID-19, it has been extremely difficult for us to get our message across,” he said.

Political commentator Peter Kennedy told 9News there was an opinion that liberals were “sleepwalking” toward state elections and defeat.

WA Liberal Leader Liza Harvey has announced that she will resign.
WA Liberal Leader Liza Harvey has announced that she will resign. (Nine)

“Something had to happen,” Kennedy said.

9News has confirmed at least two leadership contenders.

The first is Mr. Nalder, who has an economic background, ministerial experience, and is well connected to the WA business community.

The second potential contender is Dawsville’s 33-year-old MP Zac Kirkup, who would bring a new point of difference for the game.

Kirkup is likely to choose MP Libby Mettam de Vasse as his deputy, and commentators say her appointment would “break new ground.”

“I understand that Mr. Kirkup has the support of Peter Collier,” Kennedy said. “He is a powerful politician in the Liberal Party and that support brings a block of votes in his favor.”

“Obviously, the Liberal Party is very unstable … very divided and not ready for the government,” Washington Prime Minister Mark McGowan told reporters today.

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