Would-be WA Premier warns she's a Catholic

Western Australia's Police Minister Michelle Roberts, who could challenge clear favourite Alan Carpenter for the job of Premier, has said that she's a Catholic, and that her strong moral views influence her perspective.

The position is vacant following last week's sudden resignation of incumbent Geoff Gallop.

The Courier-Mail reports that she said: "People know that I am a Catholic and that I have quite strong views on a whole range of moral issues and a whole range of issues in terms of the Right. On economic issues, yes, I am very right-wing."

Roberts, leader of the New Right faction was considering her candidacy on Friday, and refused to comment on whether she would stand for the leadership at tomorrow's caucus meeting. Ms Roberts said she hoped to be a consensus candidate, but was not afraid of going to a ballot.

"I have been very pleased with the level of support that I have received from my fellow caucus colleagues and indeed from the wider community," she said.

Asked repeatedly about whether she had lobbied Mr Burke, Ms Roberts admitted she had asked for his support when she was contacted by the former premier. But Mr Burke has yet to reveal the old Right's intentions.

The West Australian reports today that Carpenter, a former ABC television journalist, who won the seat of Willagee in 1996, has already given in-principle support for a euthanasia Bill.

Carpenter to become WA premier (The Courier Mail 21/1/06)
Tax cuts are on the agenda: Carpenter (The West Australian 23/1/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Michelle Roberts MLA

I'm no patsy, says premier-elect (The Australian 23/1/06)
Abbott accused of acting on faith (The Courier Mail 23/1/06)

23 Jan 2006