Has anyone noticed a particular pattern in the speech of Troy Buswell, Leader of the WA Liberal Party?
ABC News: “Walker-Buswell meeting set for today” quotes Buswell as saying:
“I always have and will continue to respect Sue’s right to have a view and I certainly look forward to discussing those matters,” he said. “I’ll be putting to Sue my view and that is that she has performed, well, extremely well in the role of shadow Attorney General and I would like her to continue doing so.”
News.com.au: “Bad boy Buswell: Honestly, I’ve changed”, about Troy Buswell having made sexual remarks to colleague Katie Hodson-Thomas, who called the WA Libs a “boys’ club”, an evaluation that Sue Walker has endorsed:
When asked about the details of what happened, Mr Buswell said: “I’m not sure. I thought she was talking about an incident in Parliament. I can’t recall. I have to check. But I can tell you this, at that time, upon realising that Katie had been offended by what I said, I offered an immediate apology.”
“There is now very strong evidence to suggest that Mr McGinty must have known about the Opposition’s FOI process prior to the 21st of June and if that is the case then Mr McGinty has a case to answer for misleading the Parliament.”
The Australian: “Tragedy darkens leader’s first day”:
“I want to put Alan Carpenter on notice that as we move forward we will be pursuing them on the issues that matter to the households of Western Australia.”
“I’m filled with a deep sense of loss at the passing of Trevor Sprigg,” Mr Buswell said.
ABC News: “Buswell wants leadership issue dealt with quickly” has an audio press interview. It includes these quotes:
“I intend to spend the next couple of days consulting with my colleagues; Mr Omodei, and with others” [...] “I’ll be consulting with Paul Omodei”
“I’ll speak to all of my colleagues today, and I’ll be speaking to Katie too”
No doubt there are counter-examples floating around, but I didn’t come across them in my Google News search. The trend is certainly striking.
And as an aside, today Sue Walker stood down from her position as Shadow Attorney-General, citing her lack of trust in Troy Buswell as a reason.
She is also reported to have confirmed that she didn’t answer newly-minted and scandal-fresh Buswell’s calls while she was on holiday (I’m guessing they were frantic “Are you with me or against me?” calls), because she didn’t want to interrupt her holiday. I can’t help but want to shake her hand on this one.
Walker is now poised to contest her blue-ribbon-Liberal seat of Nedlands as an independent at the next election. As Liz Constable showed us, she could be in with a very good chance to win.