The rest of Australia might not care too much about the Western Australian state election this Saturday, but the state and its leaders don't much care for the rest of Australia, either.

As the election campaign draws to a close both leaders have continued a WA tradition of bagging the "eastern states"  in a campaign that has become a contest over who will best "stand up" to Canberra.

In one corner the incumbent, Liberal Premier Colin Barnett. With the air of a parochial town mayor he has sought to cast himself as WA's chief protector, resisting federal government "meddling" in health policy, education and disability reform, and loudly protesting against the mining tax, carbon tax and the current model of GST distribution.