Nationals WA leader Brendon Grylls said he backed the “renewal” of the Cabinet announced by Premier Colin Barnett today.
While refusing to comment specifically on Rob Johnson’s performance as police minister, Mr Grylls said the Premier had “made a decision and he has my full support”.
“All political parties go through renewal and the Nationals are going through our own and the Premier is now driving the renewal of his Cabinet and I support that,” he said.
Mr Grylls, the Regional Development and Lands Minister, said Troy Buswell was “an outstanding Minister and will be an outstanding Treasurer again”.
“Troy has had some personal challenges. They are well behind him now and he has a lot to offer the state of Western Australia,” he said.
“I think the public want an innovative, hard working Treasurer that can deal with the very great challenges that exist for West Australians today and Troy has an enormous capacity to deliver on that.”
Mr Grylls described as a “promotion rather than a demotion” fellow Nationals MP Terry Redman’s shift to Housing Minister, rejecting suggestions the removal of Corrective Services reflected poorly on Mr Redman’s performance in that portfolio.
“When I think of where the senior ministers sit, I think Terry Redman’s moving up a few places,” he said.
Mr Grylls also rejected the notion that there had been a lack of depth in the Cabinet, but welcomed the elevation of Ms Harvey, Mr Mischin and Mr Cowper to the Ministry.
“I’m looking forward to working with Liza, I think it’s a very good choice to put her into police,” he said.
“Murray Cowper, with his background as a policeman into corrective services and from my understanding Michael Mischin used to be (former Attorney-General) Christian Porter’s boss when they worked at the DPP.“I think they’ll all make wonderful contributions to the State.”
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