Christian Porter expected to resign
Christian Porter and colleagues in State Parliament. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian

Attorney-General and Treasurer Christian Porter is today expected to announce he will resign from State Parliament to pursue a career in Federal politics.

The bombshell announcement is due to be delivered to Liberal MPs this morning and comes just three weeks after Mr Porter handed down his second Budget.

Sources said last night that Mr Porter planned to run for preselection for a Liberal-held seat — possibly Pearce — at the Federal election in October next year.

Nominations for preselection for Pearce close tomorrow.

“There is no comment at this stage,” a spokesperson for Mr Porter said last night.

“Mr Porter will be making a statement tomorrow morning.”

It is understood his decision was only raised at senior Government levels yesterday, possibly during a community Cabinet in Joondalup.

Judi Moylan has been the MP for Pearce since 1993 and her electorate takes in Lancelin, Toodyay, Northam, the Swan Valley and parts of the Shire of Kalamunda.

Mr Porter is seen as an extremely competent minister and has been touted as a future replacement for Premier Colin Barnett.

A former State prosecutor, Mr Porter became the MP for Bateman in 2008.

He holds the seat by a 9.4 per cent margin and depending on when he leaves Parliament, his decision could spark a by-election before the State election next March.

Mr Porter has overseen a number of major law reform agendas for the Barnett Government, including the introduction of anti-bikie association laws.

Senior party sources have said the Premier is unhappy about Mr Porter’s shift from State to Federal politics. “He is cutting and running,” one senior Liberal insider said.

“He is seen to be letting the Premier and Government down.”

Ms Moylan, who is known for her more moderate views in the asylum seeker debate, announced her resignation last year at the age of 67 and after 20 years in Canberra.

“I would hope my replacement is more concerned about people than ideology, ” she said at the time.

Last night, she said she had not heard that Mr Porter could nominate for the seat, but he would be a “very credible” candidate if he stood.

The West Australian

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