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Mike Nahan on a jetski: The Liberals bizarre last-minute plan to save a doomed election

Former Western Australian Treasurer Mike Nahan.
Former Western Australian Treasurer Mike Nahan.Picture: Picture: Bill Hatto/ The West Australian

In the death throes of the Barnett Government, a madcap scheme was hatched — the Fast Ferry Frenzy.

The plan was to put the media on a vessel on the Swan River on Friday with Colin Barnett and his deputy Liza Harvey and showcase some of the achievements of the Government.

Ministers, playing action-man roles, would be used along the way to sell the message.

Obviously struggling to cut through the wall-to-wall One Nation coverage, party svengalis hatched the plan for an amphibious assault on the consciousness of West Australian voters.

By the way, this is all true. A script had been prepared and instructions given.

Joe Francis could be a challenger, if only he can hang onto his own seat.

Fisheries Minister Joe Francis was to play a fisherman on a jetty and the boat would pull up to collect fisherman Joe.

As the boat tugged upstream Joe would spot a jetskier.

“Isn’t that Treasurer Mike Nahan,” he would have bellowed.

With Dr Nahan safely on deck, the boat was to continue until another minister was seen on the water — Environment Minister Albert Jacob in scuba gear.

Alas, the plan didn’t happen because key players in the script decided to mutiny the day before.

The FFF plan and then the government were sunk.

He made the midnight phone call after defeating Johnson in a campaign that turned nasty.

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