The Nationals WA has today elected Mr Shane Love MLA as the new Leader of the Party.
Mr Love said he was grateful for the opportunity and support from the Parliamentary National Party to take on the role, and by extension, the Leader of the Opposition.
“I’d like to thank my colleagues for their faith, and I look forward to working with my newly elected Deputy Leader Peter Rundle MLA, as we put the issues impacting regional WA into the spotlight,” Mr Love said.
“I would like to thank outgoing Leader Hon Mia Davies MLA for the leadership role she has taken in the Party since being elected to Deputy Leader in 2013, Leader in 2017 and Opposition Leader in 2021.
“As I step into the leadership role, I know we have a significant task ahead to return balance to the Parliament, and most importantly, to provide a strong voice for all regional Western Australians.
“I have great confidence in our team to continue bringing a common-sense and pragmatic approach to policy, legislation and the Parliament.”
Mr Love said the cost-of-living, housing shortages, a broken health system, out-of-control youth crime, and lack of police and teachers will remain front and centre for the State Opposition.
“This Premier has arrogantly boasted three years’ worth of surpluses, adding up to nearly $13 billion dollars, yet West Australians are struggling to make ends meet,” he said.
“In regional WA, these issues are magnified, and we face challenges accessing the most basic services and infrastructure.”
Deputy Opposition Leader Peter Rundle said he was honoured to be elected as Deputy Leader and looked forward to working in the Leadership team, heading into 2025.
“I’d also like to acknowledge outgoing Leader Mia Davies for the fantastic job she has done and the legacy that she created,” Mr Rundle said.
“We will continue to advocate for regional WA in both the Parliament and in our electorates.”
The Nationals WA Leadership team:
– Shane Love MLA, Leader of the Opposition
– Peter Rundle MLA, Deputy Leader of the Opposition
– Hon Colin de Grussa MLC, Leader of The Nationals WA in the Legislative Council
– Merome Beard MLA, Opposition Whip