There’s something about Troy. Something those of us outside of Western Australian government circles are clearly missing.

After every indiscretion, chair-sniffing, bra-snapping, squirrel-gripping, car-crashing Troy Buswell still has supporters willing to speak up for him. Here’s fellow Liberal sandgroper and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop today:

“Troy Buswell [has] a brilliant mind, he has a great ability, but like so many other very clever people he obviously has some flaws.”

In effectively consigning his political career to the scrapheap yesterday, Premier Colin Barnett called him a “brilliant person” and “outstanding minister” — “controversial from time to time but no one can doubt his intellect”.

This isn’t platitudes for a colleague or hollow sympathy for a clearly sick friend. People who really know Buswell like him and respect him. Few doubt his ability as a politician, policymaker and economic manager.

So the political process chews up and spits out another effective operator. His political career, surely, is now over. Whatever his condition, Buswell only blames himself. His party gave him enough chances. The media reported on what it had to.

But you have to wonder if we all conspire to bring down political players worth supporting.

Peter Fray

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