Big Field in the Running to Replace Retiring MP Colin Barnett

Cottesloe’s next MP needs to be able to have a long career in politics and rise to prominence in the Parliament, according to retiring MP Colin Barnett.

Mr Barnett, who announced last month he would be retiring from politics after Australia Day, made the comments after nominations closed for the blue- ribbon seat yesterday.

A field of six candidates has nominated for pre-selection.

Deborah Brady.

One candidate asked the party not to be identified.

While refusing to endorse any of the five publicly named candidates, Mr Barnett said all of them were good people.

“What’s important for Cottesloe is the need for someone who can have a long-term career in State politics and can hopefully be a minister, senior minister or a premier or deputy premier,” Mr Barnett said.

Sandra Brewer.

“That’s what the electorate would look for.

“They’ll look for high-quality candidates and those people fill that category, but I think they would also look for someone who can take a long-term future. In so-called blue-ribbon seats, I think that’s the expectation, that you really plan for the future.”

Mr Barnett highlighted how Cottesloe had had just three MPs since 1950 and all three had taken on higher roles.

Mining executive Emma Roberts, 40, has been considered a front-runner for the seat given she could bring youth and gender diversity to the party.

Kwinana Industries Council president David Honey, pictured with Dr Jimmy Seow.

Ms Robert, who holds degrees from the University of WA and Georgetown University in Washington, lives in Cottesloe and had a meeting with Mr Barnett before nominating.

But insiders say David Honey has support among the rank- and-file members in the two Cottesloe party branches.

Mr Honey, who has worked for Alcoa Australia and is president of the Kwinana Industries Council, was party president between 1994 and 1997.

Sandra Brewer, 44, a marketing director who has worked with several major brands including M&Ms, Gillette and National Foods, was fifth on the North Metropolitan Upper House ticket at last year’s State election.

Emma Roberts.

Town of Cambridge councillor Andres Timmermanis, who is a long-standing Liberal figure, is also in the running.

And in the mix is Cottesloe and Peppermint Grove real estate agent Deborah Brady.

A spokesman for Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said he would not endorse a candidate.

Last month, Dr Nahan said his preference was for someone who had “ability, youth and gender diversity”.

Andres Timmermanis.
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