Western Australia January to June 2019
Australian Journal of Politics and History
School of Arts and Humanities
With a federal election looming in the first half of 2019, Western Australia's sixteen seats in the House of Representatives were considered crucial in determining the outcome. As events transpired, Labor did not gain any new Western Australian seats. The Coalition, led by Scott Morrison, retained office with a slightly improved narrow majority, with Labor Premier Mark McGowan suggesting the “Shorten agenda was too ambitious”. In May, Treasurer Ben Wyatt delivered a State Budget that aimed to slow public spending and, despite a flat housing market, deliver a budget surplus. In late June, the Leader of the state opposition Mike Nahan resigned and was replaced by Liza Harvey, a former Deputy Premier and Police Minister in the previous Barnett government. In parliament, Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation was foreshadowed whilst the government contended with a filibuster on the Human Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy Legislation in the Legislative Council...