Geoff Gallop to resign?

Perth radio is suddenly abuzz with rumours that WA Premier Geoff Gallop is about to announce his resignation on health grounds. Developing …

UPDATE (12.48pm WST): NineMSN reports "BREAKING NEWS: Gallop to resign as WA Premier due to illness".

UPDATE (1.04pm WST): Gallop has delivered a press conference announcing he has decided to quit politics as he has been battling depression. This means a by-election will be held for his safe south-of-the-river seat of Victoria Park. Treasurer Eric Ripper will become Acting Premier but the Poll Bludger’s understanding is that he has never been considered a likely successor. Those who have been include State Development Minister Alan Carpenter and Police Minister Michelle Roberts.

UPDATE (1.10pm WST): Reports at ABC Online and NineMSN (thanks Chris).

UPDATE (1.22pm WST): Gallop’s media statement now online here.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

4 comments on “Geoff Gallop to resign?”

  1. Paul, I indeed heard it first from you personally on 6PR – that’s right, I even listen to Bob Maumill. “ABC drip” indeed! A bit of a breach of etiquette for me not to mention you specifically, but since there was nothing for me to link to I thought I’d keep it general.

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