FORMER West Australian treasurer Troy Buswell will be reinstated to his old job and emerging MP Liza Harvey is set to take control of the important housing portfolio in a state government reshuffle.
According to The Australian Financial Review, sources said the Liberal government would announce the changes soon, in preparation for the state election in March.
A spokesperson for Premier Colin Barnett declined to comment.
A person with knowledge of the changes said Mr Buswell would serve the business community well.
"He's one of the most effective ministers at cutting through bureaucracy," the person said.
He's also one of the most controversial.
Mr Buswell's anticipated elevation to control the purse strings of the country's best performing economy comes after he once sniffed the chair of a female Liberal staffer, snapped the bra of a Labor staffer and left his wife to pursue a relationship with a Greens MP turned independent.
The incidents–issues arising from them led to Mr Buswell, 46, losing the treasury portfolio in 2010 – severely interrupted an otherwise successful political career.
The impending changes were sparked by the sudden departure of one of Mr Barnett's best performing ministers, Treasurer and Attorney General Christian Porter, who is seeking a career in federal politics.