Troy Buswell resigns as WA transport minister


Western Australia premier will take on Buswell’s transport and treasury duties.

Troy Buswell resigns as WA transport minister
WA Premier Colin Barnett (pictured) will take on the transport and treasury portfolios following Troy Buswell's resignation.

 

Troy Buswell has resigned as Western Australia’s transport minister, with Premier Colin Barnett announcing he will take on the role.

Buswell, who also held the treasury portfolio, phoned Barnett yesterday to inform him of his decision to move to the backbench. Buswell will continue as the member for Vasse.

Barnett released a statement today saying he will assume responsibility for Buswell’s portfolios "for the immediate future".

"Troy has made an enormous contribution to the State of Western Australia in a number of ministerial portfolios and as treasurer," Barnett says.

"I wish him the very best for the future."

There are news reports Buswell has suffered a mental breakdown and is receiving medical treatment. Barnett has requested the public and the media to respect Buswell’s privacy.

During his time as transport minister, Buswell made the call to retain Western Australia’s heavy vehicle regulatory framework despite pressure to sign up to national regulations.

Western Australian Road Transport Association (WARTA) CEO Ian King last month praised Buswell's decision in light of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) failure to process permit applications.

"Thankfully, we have got probably the best transport minister in Australia with Troy Buswell," King said at the time.

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