Virus prompts Wyatt to stay on

WA Treasurer and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt. Photo: AAP
WA Treasurer and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt. Photo: AAP

WEST Australian Treasurer Ben Wyatt has reversed plans to quit politics next year, saying he will strive to help the state withstand the coronavirus crisis.

Mr Wyatt, 45, who is also responsible for the Aboriginal affairs, lands and finance portfolios, last month announced he would not continue beyond next year’s state election, citing family reasons and triggering an outpouring of tributes from admirers.

He was Australia’s first indigenous treasurer, returning WA to surplus, and has now confirmed he plans to re-contest the seat of Victoria Park at the 2021 poll.

He said the world had changed dramatically in just one month, prompting him to revisit his decision to leave politics.

“As the premier has warned, the economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis are going to be dire,” Mr Wyatt said.

“I know the recovery is going to be a significant task, one of which I am determined to be a part of.”