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 January 15, 2008

Then deputy leader of the WA Liberal party, in opposition, Mr Buswell apologises for snapping a Labor staffer's bra and cuddling up to a fellow MP while drunk in parliament in 2007.

Also apologises for making sexist remarks to another MP.

January 17, 2008
Elected Liberal Party leader.

April 28, 2008
Denies allegations he sniffed the chair of a Liberal staffer, writhing in mock sexual pleasure.

April 29, 2008
Breaks down at a press conference after admitting he had sniffed the staffer's chair.

May 16, 2008
Liberal backbencher Murray Cowper says he was “squirrel-gripped“, or grabbed in the crotch, by Mr Buswell, but the issue had been dealt with.

June 17, 2008
Survives a second leadership spill.

August 4, 2008
Resigns as leader following reports of dismal internal polling of his election prospects.

August 6, 2008
Colin Barnett installed as Liberal leader.

August 8, 2008
Mr Barnett appoints Mr Buswell treasury spokesman.

September 2008
Liberals form Government with Nationals after State election ends in hung parliament.
Mr Buswell takes on treasury, housing and works, and science and innovation portfolios.

October 21, 2009
Mr Buswell called on to resign all portfolios after he admits to accidentally signing-off on a false expenses claim.

November 30, 2009
Second travel allowance mistake is found.

April 26, 2010
Admits to an affair with Fremantle Greens MP Adele Carles after she reveals it in a newspaper.

April 27, 2010
Resigns from cabinet.

December 14, 2010
Brought back onto the State Government's front bench, taking on housing and transport.

February 20, 2011
Opposition calls for him to be sacked for traffic offences.

February 21, 2011
Admits to a poor driving record but says that should not disqualify him from being the state's transport minister.

June 28, 2012
Reinstated as Treasurer as part of a cabinet reshuffle.

December 9, 2012
Ms Carles accuses Mr Buswell of inappropriate behaviour at a party attended by corporate heavy hitters.

December 11, 2012
Mr Buswell sues Ms Carles for defamation.

February 19, 2013
Mr Barnett forced to defend “accident prone“ Mr Buswell during a leaders' debate ahead of the state election.

November 4, 2013
Mr Buswell accused of abusing his power by intervening to get his son a driving test appointment on a day when no regular driving tests were scheduled.

March 6, 2014
Mr Barnett says Mr Buswell's “health related“ fortnight of leave from cabinet will be explained on his return.

March 10, 2014
Mr Buswell resigns after suffering a breakdown.

Source: AAP


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