Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Victor P Taffa
Premier Colin Barnett has accepted the resignation of the Honourable Troy Buswell as Treasurer and Minister for Commerce; Science and Innovation; and Housing and Works.
“While I consider the relationship between Troy and Ms. Carles a personal matter, Troy’s actions in relation to the use of his Government entitlements in this matter is unacceptable.” Premier Barnett said.
“As a result, this morning I informed the Treasurer that I believed his position as Treasurer and Minister was now untenable. Troy offered me his resignation, which I accepted. This was the appropriate course of action.”
“I have instructed the Public Sector Commissioner, Mr. Mal Wauchope, to review the use of entitlements by Mr. Buswell and Ms. Carles and ensure any misuse is corrected.”
The Premier said he would take on the role of Treasurer to oversee the delivery of the State Budget.
The Member for Nedlands, Bill Marmion would be elevated to the Ministry and take on the portfolios of Commerce; Science and Innovation; and Housing and Works.
The Honourable Helen Morton will become Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier; Treasurer and Minister for State Development, and continue as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Water and Mental Health.
“I would like to acknowledge the work and achievements of Troy Buswell as Treasurer and as a Minister. Troy has made an important contribution to this Government and I thank him for that.” Premier Barnett said.