Today’s West Australian carries a Westpoll survey of 400 voters which shows Colin Barnett’s newly elected Liberal government with a 57-43 lead over the Labor opposition. Barnett is rated preferred premier by 57 per cent of respondents against 16 per cent for the new Labor leader, former Treasurer Eric Ripper. The West also reports that the Labor member for Mindarie, John Quigley, is considering quitting politics and moving to the eastern states after the message J. Quigly (sic) child molester was sprayed on his house and boat. Quigley links this to his pursuit of police officers involved in the wrongful murder conviction of Andrew Mallard, which he successfully campaigned to have overturned. The 9.5 per cent margin in Mindarie can largely be put down to Quigley’s personal popularity, and Labor would face a tough challenge in the event of a by-election.