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The Country Party of WA

Sir: David Barnett’s article “The Missing Voice of the Country Party” (May 2020), focused on federal politics. With my West Australian background and being a son-in-law of the Hon. Arthur Watts CMG, doyen of the Country Party in that state, what has been the party’s fate there? Arthur was elected MLA in 1935 and retired from Parliament in 1962. He was Leader of the Opposition in 1942 and led the Country Party for twenty years, being Deputy Premier on two occasions, from 1947 to his retirement. No one has reigned longer in Country Party history, and this says something about…

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