Federal election 2022: Labor powerbrokers jostle for more WA representation in Anthony Albanese’s Ministry

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Will Josh Wilson, Louise Pratt or Parick Gorman find themselves in Anthony Albanese's ministry?
Camera IconWill Josh Wilson, Louise Pratt or Parick Gorman find themselves in Anthony Albanese's ministry? Credit: The West Australian

Factional leaders inside Labor are making strong claims for more West Australian representation in Anthony Albanese’s ministry, with one of Patrick Gorman, Louise Pratt or Josh Wilson the likely beneficiaries.

Mr Gorman, the Perth MP, is said to be the frontrunner for promotion into Mr Albanese’s 30-person Ministry, though the exact make-up may not be known until just ahead of Tuesday’s caucus meeting in Canberra.

Brand MP Madeleine King, who was shadow minister for trade and resources, is expected to be the only MP from WA in Cabinet, with Burt’s Matt Keogh, who had the defence industry portfolio in Opposition, tipped to remain in the Outer Ministry.

Mr Gorman, Ms Pratt and Mr Wilson are all aligned to Labor’s Left faction, which will hold 14 Ministry positions to the Right’s 16.

It’s understood Mr Albanese’s preference will be for the prized jobs to be evenly split between men and women.

WA Senator Sue Lines is frontrunner to be Senate President, having held the deputy position in Opposition, while Cowan’s re-elected MP Anne Aly is also in contention for increased responsibility.

The jostling for positions comes after four of the net seven seats that secured Labor a likely majority in the House of Representatives came from WA.

Under Labor’s rules, Mr Albanese will be provided a list from the Left and the Right factions as to who will be in the 30-member ministry and as party leader, he will then assign portfolios as he sees fit.

Premier Mark McGowan has said the strong result in the west should be reflected with more WA MPs named in the Ministry.

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