Courting victory

06 Feb, 2008 09:00 PM
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FORMER Pastoralists and Graziers Association president and Elders chairman Barry Court has nominated to become the next president of the WA Liberal Party and is confident his lay party duties will help the party win at the next State election due in 11 months.

Mr Court will take over from current president Danielle Blain who spent four years in the job.

He was the sole nomination when the deadline closed late last month.

The appointment will become official at the Liberal Party’s annual State conference on March 15.

Mr Court said his first job would be to unify the party ahead of the election later this year or in early 2009.

He said he had already developed a strong working relationship with the Party’s Parliamentary leader Troy Buswell.

Mr Court said it was important for the Liberals to assemble a strong team and have it up and running in time for the election.

He was also confident Mr Buswell would become the next premier of WA.

Mr Court said the fact that he was voted in unopposed as president showed there was plenty of unity in the party.

Mr Court has a long association with the party with his late father Sir Charles and brother Richard both having served as premiers.

Mr Court said he also had plans to reinvigorate the party’s membership by opening up some of the recently closed regional branches.

He said he was also confident that his presidency would bring positive results for regional WA.

“Looking after the best interests of our farmers, businesses and people from regional WA, that’s automatic for me,” Mr Court said.

“I understand the rural electorate extremely well because I have been involved with it all my life.”

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