TRIBAL POLITICS AS USUAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Professor Simon Adams accounts for disgraced premier Brian Burke's puppet-masterly control of the West Australian Labor Party:
He's a Catholic of course, and there's a sort of, you wouldn't want to exaggerate it, but there is a tribal element to all of that.Jews, Catholics, what's the difference?
Update: WA Labor does have a few minor problems:
Premier Alan Carpenter has sacked Local Government Minister John Bowler after hearing two days of damaging evidence at a corruption inquiry.Well, someone was making some personal gain somewhere.
Mr Bowler is the third West Australian cabinet minister to be sacked over his links to powerful lobbyists Brian Burke and Julian Grill.
Earlier today a corruption hearing in Perth heard Mr Bowler leaked a confidential committee report to Mr Grill, then made changes to it based on feedback from Mr Grill's mining company client - Precious Metals Australia (PMA).
The CCC was told the altered report helped PMA win a $20 million lawsuit against Swiss-based company Xstrata.
Outside parliament, Mr Bowler told journalists he would remain in parliament as an independent backbencher and continue to work in the interests of his electorate.
"As a minister every decision I made, I made without personal gain, and in the best interests of the state on every occasion,'' Mr Bowler said.
Editing note: There was a typo in the title as originally posted -- "TRIBAL POLITICS AS USUAL IN WESTERN AUTRALIA". Corrected. Posting when tired is to be avoided.