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Editorial: Despite a Cabinet with subpar performers, WA Premier Mark McGowan resists pressure for a reshuffle

What price can you put on stability?

At the moment, it’s coming at the price of competent governance.

Premier Mark McGowan has made much of his Cabinet stability. There have been only a handful of reshuffles in more than five years of the McGowan Government, and even now when it has become achingly clear his deck is stacked with subpar performers, the Premier is resisting pressure to make imminent changes.

Speaking in Karratha last month, Mr McGowan said West Australians valued stability “particularly in a world environment that is so uncertain and has so many issues going on”.

He made that comment as he was forced to defend his decision to keep on Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan after she downplayed the threat of foot-and-mouth disease by claiming an outbreak would drive down the cost of supermarket staples.

In doing so, she lost the trust of the very people she is supposed to represent. Pastoralists and Graziers Association president Tony Seabrook said he was “angry as all hell” at her comments.

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