Western Australia

Oct 19, 2012

Emperor Barnett challenged by the photo-bombing mayor

Ugly politics was matched by ugly glares as a local mayor and the WA premier fall out in Perth's most prestigious postcodes. Freelance journalist Kerry Faulkner reports.

In April a po-faced Cottesloe mayor Kevin Morgan was asked by a staffer from the West Australian Premier’s office to move away from Colin Barnett because he was ruining the photo opportunity with his disapproving glare. Morgan was seething at the beachside press conference where Barnett was talking up the new taller limits to building heights the state government had imposed along Cottesloe’s iconic beachfront, overriding the will of the local council.

So it would have been mixed feelings of justice-about-to-be-served and trepidation that Morgan announced last week he was challenging Barnett  for his long-held seat of Cottesloe at the March 9 state election as an independent candidate.

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2 thoughts on “Emperor Barnett challenged by the photo-bombing mayor

  1. mark

    There is no Churchlands local Govt in WA. The suburb of Churchlands is part of the City of Stirling, probably the largest metro Shire. Liz Constable holds the Legislative Assembly seat of Churchlands, not the same thing at all. Bit of research please.

  2. Bill Parker

    And I suppose its a typo but its Marmion not Marion

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