Media Release

WA Senate Election

The Hon. Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs

Senator the Hon. David Johnston
Minister for Defence


Western Australians will go to the polls on 5 April after the Western Australian Governor today issued writs for the new Senate election.

WA Liberal Senator, Mr David Johnston, said that while the circumstances leading to the need for the new election were unfortunate, it provided West Australians with a chance to vote for a strong voice in the Australian Government to get more things done for WA.

“While nobody wanted another election, no other State is getting the chance to help shape the future of our nation by voting to strengthen the team of State representatives it sends to Canberra,” Senator Johnston said.

“Whatever the outcome of this election the Australian Government won’t change and the Liberals still won’t control the Senate. But what the Government will achieve for WA can change. We need to ensure WA gets its fair share of infrastructure funding and funding for school, hospitals and other services.

“To do that we need to send the Liberals’ strong and experienced WA Senate team to Canberra to fight for our State within government.”

Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop said the Abbott Government was getting on with the commitments it had made at the Federal election just six months ago.

“The WA Liberals took a strong plan to the last election. We’re now getting on with the job of implementing our programme which will make the WA economy stronger and create more opportunities,” Ms Bishop said.

“Our programme includes the abolition of the Carbon and Mining Taxes, and removing Canberra red tape and regulations that are holding business back. Scrapping these taxes and regulations will create more investment and jobs for Western Australians and will reduce the cost of living.

“We’re also stopping the boats like we said we would.

“There’s a lot more to do. We can achieve more for WA by having a strong WA Liberal team elected.

“We can’t take the risk that all this will continue to be stymied by sending Labor, Greens and its fringe and minor parties to Canberra as a result of their dodgy preference deals. The minor parties can create chaos, but they cannot deliver the positive changes that Western Australia needs.”

The WA Liberal Senate team is:

  1. Senator David Johnson, Minister for Defence
  2. Senator Michaelia Cash, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women
  3. Linda Reynolds
  4. Slade Brockman

Learn more about the WA Senate Election.