WESTERN Australia’s Liberal Party has been electorally destroyed, its Greens-embracing leader turfed from parliament and the Party replaced by the Nationals as official opposition.
The Party, which had attempted to outgreen Labor, now holds just two of the State’s 59 parliamentary seats, trailing both Labor (52) and the Nationals (3). Two seats are currently too close to call.
Nine Network’s political editor Chris Uhlmann described the March 13 loss as “an extinction level event for the State Liberal Party”.
Thirty-four year old Zac “GetUp” Kirkup became the first West Australian political leader to lose his own seat since the 1930s – experiencing a 15 per cent swing against him.
In comments after his defeat, Mr Kirkup said he hoped the “difficult loss” did not mark the end of the Liberal Party.
“The reality is, I think it’s important that we rebuild the Party as best as we can and from my perspective that means that I will no longer seek office for the Liberal Party,” he said.
“It’s important that we do all we can to make way for a new generation… The next four years will be the most difficult for the Liberal Party that we have ever experienced.”
Rather than make way for a new generation, all WA Liberals need to step aside for a smarter generation.
With his radical adoption of policies so Left that the Greens cheered him, Mr Kirkup then conceded the election some three weeks prior to polling day – begging the electorate not to punish him.
They weren’t listening. Requiring 30 seats to retain government, the ALP declared victory immediately after polls closed.
Mr Kirkup is a strong supporter of homosexual marriage, euthanasia and extreme climate action.
After promising last month to achieve net zero carbon emissions a staggering 20 years earlier than Labor, Mr Kirkup’s opinion polling went into freefall.
He described his 2030 net zero plan as “bold”. Most others described it as crazy.
His plan would have seen half the State’s coal fired power stations close by 2025 including WA’s biggest power generator Muja with a capacity of 854 MW. Nearby Collie power station will also close withdrawing 300 MW of supply.
Despite widespread and harsh criticism from representatives of Labor, Liberal and local residents, Mr Kirkup remained defiant.
“We have a $100m plan to help make sure we transition Collie for the future,” Mr Kirkup told Sky News at the time.
“In WA under our plan, no worker will be left behind.”
Mr Kirkup appears to have taken the same climate path as deposed Liberal Party Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Mr Turnbull’s green obsession saw his government’s massive 35-seat majority – left to him by former PM Tony Abbott – completely destroyed.
By the time Mr Turnbull was removed, the Liberal Party had been decimated and held government only with help from independents.
An opinion poll taken shortly after Queensland’s recent State election indicated that climate issues rated second to last among voters.
According to the JWS survey 95 per cent of centre-Left voters couldn’t care less about climate issues, ranking jobs, affordable energy, COVID response and border security as far more important.
Among centre-Right voters – who traditionally support the Liberal National Party – the divide is even greater with only two in a hundred rating climate change as an election issue.PC