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Alannah MacTiernan returns as minister as McGowan announces cabinet

Labor stalwart Alannah MacTiernan will return as a WA government minister after Premier-elect Mark McGowan revealed his cabinet today.

The appointments were confirmed at a meeting of the State Parliamentary Labor Party and include Roger Cook as Deputy Premier.

In the upper house, Sue Ellery will be leader of the government, while Mining and Pastoral MP Stephen Dawson will be deputy.

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Albany MP and former shadow minister Peter Watson was announced as the Government’s nominee for Speaker, while upper house MP Kate Doust will be Legislative Council president or deputy president.

The cabinet will consist of Michelle Roberts, Alannah MacTiernan, Fran Logan, David Templeman, John Quigley, Mick Murray, Ben Wyatt, Paul Papalia, Bill Johnston, Rita Saffioti, Peter Tinley, Simone McGurk, and Dave Kelly

Former shadow ministers Chris Tallentire and Margaret Quirk did not make the cut, but Mr Tallentire will serve as a parliamentary secretary alongside Alanna Clohesy, Darren West and Samantha Rowe as well as new MPs John Carey and Reece Whitby.

Ms MacTiernan has returned to state politics with an upper house seat and was well regarded as WA’s planning and infrastructure minister from 2001 to 2008.

The surprise casualty in Western Australia’s new cabinet is member for Girrawheen Margaret Quirk, while three others who missed out on a ministerial role got consolation prizes.

Ms Quirk, who held onto her seat with a convincing swing of about 14 per cent, handled portfolios including emergency services, bushfire preparedness, and seniors and ageing in opposition.

She also chaired several parliamentary inquiries, including a 2014 investigation into former WA treasurer Troy Buswell’s car crashes, which concluded police handling of the incident was inadequate.

Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan labelled it the most biased parliamentary inquiry he had been involved in, prompting then premier Colin Barnett to call for Ms Quirk to step down, which she refused.

Fran Logan will be a minister despite landing himself in hot water days before the state election when a video surfaced of him threatening companies working on Roe 8 with legal action if they sought compensation for broken contracts.

Mr Barnett last week demanded Mr Logan be denied a ministerial position but Labor gave no such assurance.

New Premier Mr McGowan said he hoped colleagues who missed out on a cabinet position wouldn’t be too disappointed.

“There’s always people who are disappointed in politics but the great thing is we’re forming a government and they’ll get the opportunity to participate in implementing our policies and doing good things for the state,” he said before Labor’s first caucus meeting on Wednesday.

He then congratulated his team after they applauded his arrival for almost a full minute.

“What’s clear is we’re going to need a bigger room,” he quipped, given Labor is predicted to hold 41 seats of the 59-seat parliament.

He said his government would focus on creating jobs, getting WA’s ailing finances back on track, and improving health, education, community safety and transport.

“From this point forward, the hard work begins,” he said.

The announcement came after the first caucus meeting for Labor after its significant win at Saturday’s WA Election, from which it is on track to claim as many as 41 seats in the lower house.

Earlier today, Labor was confident about winning Murray-Wellington after candidate Robyn Clarke pulled ahead of sitting Liberal MP Murray Cowper by more than 400 votes.

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