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WA Liberal spill falls short

West Australia Premier Colin Barnett arrives at Parliament House, Perth on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright) NO ARCHIVING
West Australia Premier Colin Barnett arrives at Parliament House, Perth on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright) NO ARCHIVING RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

THE bid to oust West Australian Premier Colin Barnett failed mis- erably yesterday when a call for a leadership spill was defeated 31-15.

Former transport and agriculture minister Dean Nalder, who had been angling for the top job, congratulated the Premier, saying he had a "great track record” over eight years.

Mr Barnett (pictured) told reporters he accepted criticism of his leadership style. "I think sometimes because I like to get on with the job and deal with issues quickly, maybe people think I don't listen enough and I accept that,” he said.



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