Western Australia: January 2001 to June 2001
Blackwell Publishers Ltd
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of International, Cultural and Community Studies
Western Australian politics returned to its traditional mode when Coalition Premier Richard Court reverted to the early February time slot for the State election rather than opting for a pre-Christmas poll as was the case in 1996. He did break new ground, however, by announcing the election in the regional city of Bunbury where the neighbouring marginal seats of Bunbury and Mitchell were two of the eleven seats the Australian Labor Party (ALP) needed to win to gain a majority in its own right in the 57 member Legislative Assembly. Gains of such a magnitude had not been achieved by an Opposition in Western Australia since Labor's first big victory in 1911. After an election-free year in Australia in 2000, the Western Australian election was also to hold more than usual interest as the first "cab off the rank" in the aftermath of the CST and the petrol pricing controversies.