Taking one for the team, WA styles

After the poll disaster for Labor in WA there are people seeking scapegoats. Some are looking to blame Julia Gillard because she didn’t travel to WA to help the Labor party campaign. The WA Labor party boss though is taking one for the team to protect Gillard:

West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan refuses to link his election defeat to the federal party yet hopes his diminishing pool of parliamentary colleagues will give him another shot.

“I take responsibility for the outcome and I’m not going to blame anyone else,” Mr McGowan said.

He said Saturday had been a brutal night for state Labor, which would spend coming days reflecting on its caning at the polls, but he couldn’t yet pinpoint what had gone wrong. 

It was always difficult to defeat a first-term government, he said, and wouldn’t be drawn on the many comments from both sides of politics – including defence minister Stephen Smith – that the party’s federal woes had dented WA Labor’s chances.

“I’m not going to blame any other level of government,” Mr McGowan said.

“I know over the coming week, people will try to make me do it.

“I’m the leader – I said it was a state campaign, I was repetitive in saying that.”

When pressed on the role the federal party may have played, he said: “I’m not going to get into all of those issues today”

Admirable, but futile, all he has done is focus on Gillard and her poor effort.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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