The sitting Member for Durack, Barry Haase has announced his resignation.
Prior to the announcement, Nationals WA Candidate for Durack, Shane Van Styn, hit out at Mr Haase, for his electoral record in Federal Parliament.
A recent media statement from Mr Haase criticised Mr Van Styn, along with Leader of The Nationals WA Brendon Grylls MLA, and Nationals WA member, the Member for O’Connor Tony Crook MP, for, (in Mr Van Styn's words) "putting regional WA ahead of party politics".
Mr Van Styn points out though that a recent survey put together by Bond University political researchers, published on-line last week, “awarded” the sitting Member for Durack with a wooden spoon for the least speeches made in Parliament over the current term, along with a wooden spoon for the least questions asked.
“For someone who claims to be so passionate about representing his electorate in Parliament, Mr Haase has been missing in action when it counts,” Mr Van Styn said.
Mr Van Styn criticised Mr Haase for being absent during many important votes, including a Private Members Motion from O’Connor MP Tony Crook calling for fairer GST returns to Western Australia and a motion to abolish the Wheat Exports Authority.
Since the response from Mr Van Styn, Mr Haase has announced he will not be seeking reelection.
Update: Wording of this article has been updated to delineate between the statement from Mr Van Styn and the announcement from Mr Haase. No correlation between the two announcements is insinuated.