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File image: Colin Barnett. Picture: The West Australian/Bill Hatto

An aggrieved family blocked Colin Barnett’s path into Parliament earlier today, prompting the intervention of security staff.

The Premier was confronted by a family claiming Mr Barnett had possession of the will of their late relative, Gertrude Humphries, and was refusing to pass on the proceeds of her estate.

The Premier, who agreed to speak to the family after conducting a media conference on the steps of Parliament House, denied holding the will or any knowledge of it.

Mr Barnett denied a claim by Ms Humphries’ grandson, William Humphries, that he did not acknowledge the Noongar nation.

“I do acknowledge Noongar people at events I go to and particularly where there are Aboriginal people and welcomes to country, I always do that,” Mr Barnett said.

The Premier told the group he would not continue to speak to them “if you’re rude” after members continually interrupted him.

When the interruptions continued, Mr Barnett attempted to walk towards the front door of Parliament but members of the group, including Mr Humphries, blocked his path.

Two security officers from Parliament’s front desk, along with the executive manager of parliamentary services, tried to clear a path for the Premier, but were unsuccessful.

Mr Barnett then walked around the group and stopped momentarily to tell a female member of the group that he was not her second cousin, as she claimed.

“I’m not your cousin. I’m not related to you in any way,” he said, before walking inside.

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