WA Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has denied his family holiday to Bali last week was timed to avoid Julia Gillard and the Federal Cabinet visiting Perth.
Mr McGowan today said it was pure co-incidence that he missed her.
He said the trip was booked in early July and paid for before he knew the Federal Government was visiting to hold a community cabinet meeting in Orelia last week.
Federal Labor has just three WA seats in the House of Representatives and is in the doldrums in the polls.
Mr McGowan has previously said he was not keen to campaign with Ms Gillard because he wanted the State election to be about State issues, prompting speculation his Indonesia trip was timed to avoid her again.
“It’s all a beat up, I had no idea that the Prime Minister and the cabinet were coming before I booked my holiday, my one week’s holiday for the year,” Mr McGowan said.
“I had a look through my diary. Since early January we haven’t had any time together as a family and I don’t expect we’ll have any further time together until at least after the State election in March next year.
“Basically I’m out nearly every night, every weekend working, so I don’t actually get much opportunity to catch up with my children and that’s one of the things that’s sad about this role.
“You arrive home at night when they are in bed and you leave before they’re up and that’s often seven days a week that that’s happening.“So we found a week and booked a trip where it was a relatively light week, we only had to move a couple of things, and we booked it well in advance so that my diary didn’t fill.”
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