Premier Visits Government House Requesting Writs For 11 March 2017 State Election

Premier Visits Government House Requesting Writs For 11 March 2017 State Election

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Premier Requests Writs For 40th State Election

Victor P Taffa

  • Premier will direct public service to invoke caretaker mode

Premier Colin Barnett and Deputy Premier Liza Harvey have visited Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia, to advise her to issue the writs for the forthcoming State election.

“This afternoon, I visited the Governor to advise her to issue the writs directing the Electoral Commissioner to proceed with elections in all 59 Legislative Assembly districts and six Legislative Council regions on Saturday, March 11.” Premier Barnett said.

“I will also direct the acting director general of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet to formally implement the Caretaker Conventions across the public sector to coincide with the issuing of the writs.”

Premier Barnett said the caretaker period ensured that decisions were not taken that would bind an incoming Government or limit its freedom of action, and would apply until the election result was known.

Fact File

  • General State elections are held on the second Saturday in March every four years