CCIWA Chief Executive Officer
With today’s unexpected news that the Hon. Ben Wyatt MLA will not contest the next election, Western Australia will lose a disciplined hand at the economic tiller.
Mr Wyatt has clear foresight about the economic challenges for our State and a strong vision for growing our economy.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA has applauded Mr Wyatt’s focus on stabilising the State’s finances and his delivery of a long-awaited financial surplus. CCIWA’s relationship with Mr Wyatt has always been receptive and productive.
He played a defining role in achieving reform of the GST. This work not only benefitted Western Australia, but was achieved in the national interest.
He can look back proudly on a record as one of the best State Treasurers in modern Australian politics, all the more remarkable given his brief time in the role.
We recognise the significant personal reasons for his departure, another sign that Mr Wyatt has got his priorities right. We wish him and his family all the best in future.