Senator Webber undoubtedly knows all WA premiers since 1890, except George Leake (1901-02), Walter James (1902-04) and Newton Moore (1906-09), doubled as treasurers.
Dr Gallop, who headed WA’s 31st and 32nd governments, copied these three exceptions by only being premier thus having a “relatively light premiership workload”.
Senator Webber also knows he was factionally unaligned, with the Left-Right Alliance, headed by Michelle Roberts and Jim McGinty, calling all the shots – hardly an exhilarating experience for any leader.
If she re-reads my commentary, she’ll see I made no judgements about the nature of Dr Gallop’s depression.
She seems to have confused my comments with claims by state Labor MP, Carol Martin, who, in a bid to have Senator Webber’s former boss, Bob Kucera, reinstated into Cabinet, blamed Dr Gallop’s depression.
“When Geoff made the decision to pressure Bob into resigning, for whatever reason, he was actually suffering from what we know now is clinical depression,” Ms Martin said. “I believe that when a person suffers from mental illness they’re not a fit witness to their own decisions.”
Senator Webber should take up her misdirected accusations against me with Ms Martin.
Thankfully, Dr Gallop is recovering promptly as he’s already set to take up a Sydney academic post.