West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has labelled Peter Dutton an “extremist” who’s “just not that smart” in a brutal post-election spray in Perth.
WA Premier Mark McGowan has unloaded on incoming Liberal chief and ex-cop Peter Dutton as an extremist who’s simply “not that smart” in a post-election spray in Perth.
Declaring the previous Defence Minister as unfit to steer the nation, Mr McGowan stated he had seen him current concepts to state premiers and got here away from the expertise satisfied the Liberal MP was not the sharpest device within the field.
“He’s an extremist, and I don’t think he fits with modern Australia at all,” the WA Premier stated.
“He doesn’t seem to listen, he’s extremely conservative and I actually don’t think he’s that smart. I’ve seen him present on things [and] I don’t really pick up there’s much there.”
The WA Premier additionally questioned Mr Dutton’s rhetoric on China as “crazy”.
“Peter Dutton was out there talking about war and war footing and conflict … that’s absolutely crazy,’ he said.
“We’re a country of 25 million people, China has 1.4 billion people, with nuclear weapons. Why would a mainstream political party be talking about that?
“Let’s just have a sensible, strong relationship with China and continue our strong alliance with the US and Britain.”
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Hailing West Australians for his or her position in delivering authorities to Anthony Albanese with a swag of seats, the WA Premier stated he wasn’t frightened about Mr Dutton main the Liberals.
While former Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was beforehand thought to be the inheritor obvious, the voters of Kooyong have ended his dream of main the Liberal Party for now.
Some colleagues have raised the prospect of parachuting Mr Frydenberg into the seat of Liberal MP Alan Tudge, Mr Frydenberg insists he’s not in a rush to make up his thoughts about what he does subsequent.
Earlier, Queensland MP Stuart Robert stated Mr Dutton would make an “excellent” Liberal chief within the wake of the federal Coalition’s election defeat.
“Peter Dutton would make an excellent leader in terms of bringing everyone together,’’ he said.
Mr Robert did not rule out a quota system to get more women into the party – an idea the Prime Minister privately backed but failed to implement in four years as leader.
“Everything is on the table, to ensure that we can properly represent every single part of Australia,” Mr Robert stated.
Meanwhile, Tasmanian Liberal Bridget Archer, who seems to have retained her extremely marginal seat of Bass on the federal election, will not be ruling out working for the deputy chief spot.
“I feel like that would be fairly presumptuous,’’ she said.
“I’ve seen some early commentary around some idea that the party should move further to the right and I will certainly resist all efforts for that to occur.
“We need to bring the party back to the centre.
However former education minister Alan Tudge emerged from his media ban during the campaign to declare Peter Dutton is the next leader and who he believes is in the running as deputy.
“Peter Dutton will be leader. He will be incredibly effective, actually,’’ he said.
“He will be a very effective leader in holding the Labor Party to account.”
NSW Liberal average and Treasurer Matt Kean stated he seemed ahead to working with Mr Dutton.
“I don’t have a vote in the federal party room, that’s a matter for my federal colleagues. But whoever leads the Liberal Party needs to heed the lessons of the weekend, and that is, if you lurch too far to the right, then you lose the middle ground,” he stated.
“I think Peter Dutton is a man that always stood up for our liberal values and I think he’s a man that’s always fought to build a stronger and more secure country for our nation.”