A timeline of Troy Buswell's career in politics

Troy Buswell has been a polarising figure in WA politics since he was pre-selected for the Liberal Party as their candidate to contest the 2005 state election.

Loved by many and disliked by others, Mr Buswell has had a colourful career in office which has been dogged by controversy.

Here we recap his time in office as the Member for the electorate of Vasse.

A young Troy Buswell, right, with his mother Margaret Osborne and sister Kellie.

A young Troy Buswell, right, with his mother Margaret Osborne and sister Kellie.

After growing up in Busselton Mr Buswell started his career in public life as a councilor for the then Shire of Busselton in 1995-96.

He went back to local government in 2001 before becoming shire president in 2003.

Mr Buswell stepped down from the shire to contest the 2005 state government election.

Controversy started there for Mr Buswell over his pre-selection when he was chosen over Bernie Masters.

Mr Masters then quit the Liberal party and ran as an independent however, Mr Buswell won the seat in a close contest in the 2005 state election after polling 37 per cent of the primary vote.

Troy Buswell spent a lot of 2006 and 2007 trying to secure funding to repair the Busselton Jetty.

Troy Buswell spent a lot of 2006 and 2007 trying to secure funding to repair the Busselton Jetty.

It wasn't long before Mr Buswell rose up the party ranks to become deputy opposition leader in 2005.

In late 2006 Buswell was part of the Corruption and Crime Commission over allegations that he met former Liberal powerbroker Noel Crichton-Browne.

Mr Chrichton-Browne was working as a lobbyist in partnership with former premier Brian Burke.

The allegation was that Mr Buswell had met with Mr Crichton-Browne in a carpart to discuss the Canal Rocks development at Smiths Beach, Yallingup while he was still shire president.

However, in October 2007 Mr Buswell was cleared by the CCC.

It was in 2007 that speculation began for Buswell to take over the leadership of the Liberal Party Paul Omodei.

He was also kept busy in 2006 and 2007 trying to secure funding to repair the Busselton Jetty.

Troy Buswell, Brian Morris, Jacquie Happ and Trevor Dolan at the proposed site for the Dunsborough war memorial in 2007.

Troy Buswell, Brian Morris, Jacquie Happ and Trevor Dolan at the proposed site for the Dunsborough war memorial in 2007.

In January 2007 Mr Buswell contested the leadership and won against Mr Omodei.

Hi mother Margaret said at the time he had big ambitions for his future since he was 15-years-old.

She was also amazed at how well he dealt with media scrutiny.

In 2007 Mr Buswell advocated for Dunsborough to have a war memorial.

Mr Buswell also began his campaign for a new hospital in Busselton in 2007.

In 2008 Mr Buswell called for an external inquiry into the Busselton Shire Council's civic precinct business plan.

He said he was concerned with the accuracy of the plan, particularly involving three lots of land that were for sale.

In 2008 allegations were made against Mr Buswell that he snapped the elastic bra of a Labor Party staffer during a drunken night in Parliament. Mr Buswell admitted to and apologised for this behaviour in January 2008.

Mr Buswell was in the limelight again in April 2008 for what is now known as the infamous "chair sniffing" incident.

Mr Buswell admitted to sniffing a chair of a female Liberal staffer and it was alleged he also crawled around on his hands and knees pretending to be the staffer's husband.

There was a call for Mr Buswell to be disposed as the Liberal Party's leader after this incident and although a motion for a leadership spill was denied in May a couple of months later in August 2008 Mr Buswell resigned as leader and was replaced with now-Premier Colin Barnett.

After resigning as leader Buswell was however granted a place on the Opposition front bench as the Shadow Treasurer.

Vasse MLA Troy Buswell learnt about his party’s election win in 2008 while he prepared for a junior football trophy presentation.

Vasse MLA Troy Buswell learnt about his party’s election win in 2008 while he prepared for a junior football trophy presentation.

The incumbent Labor government was defeated in September 2008 and after the National Party agreed to side with the Liberal Party following a hung parliament Mr Buswell was named as Treasurer in Colin Barnett's new Cabinet.

In October 2008, Mr Buswell finally got his wish for state government funding for the repair of the iconic Busselton Jetty.

"The offer is a positive step forward to ensuring the iconic Busselton Jetty remains as both a tourism and a financial asset to the shire,” Mr Buswell told the Busselton-Dunsborough Mail on October 29, 2008.

Work on creating a new foreshore for Busselton's began in 2009 when Mr Buswell, along with the state government, formed a steering committee.

In July 2009, Mr Buswell called on the local government minister to look into how the Shire of Busselton council was operating.

He said it was dysfunctional and needed to be fixed.

However, the Shire president at the time, Wes Hartley, disagreed which began a long-winded feud between the two.

This all changed at the next local government elections later that year when Mr Hartley chose not to run for council and a new shire president, Ian Stubbs, was sworn in.

In April 2010 another controversy arose with Mr Buswell at the centre.

This time it was revealed he had been having an affair with Greens MP Adele Carles who admitted they had been seeing each other for months.

Allegations also arose that Mr Buswell used a ministerial car and government credit card to to pay for accommodation for himself and Ms Carles.

Premier Colin Barnett demanded Mr Buswell's resignation from the cabinet at that point although he continued for the member for Vasse.

Independent MP Adele Carles (left) and MLA Troy Buswell meet with members of No COALition, a group opposed to the proposed development of a coal mine near Margaret River.

Independent MP Adele Carles (left) and MLA Troy Buswell meet with members of No COALition, a group opposed to the proposed development of a coal mine near Margaret River.

In September 2010, Mr Buswell opposed a coal mine proposal near Margaret River after public backlash.

In early December 2010, more funded was provided to Busselton's new hospital making over $100 million project.

Later that month Mr Buswell accepted the offer of two portfolios from Premier Colin Barnett who was keen to install him as a member of cabinet.

Mr Buswell took on the transport portfolio as well as housing.

In February 2011, Mr Buswell and the Busselton community celebrated the re-opening of the jetty after spending $27 million on its rebuild.

In March Mr Buswell was able to secure nearly $400,000 worth of funding for Busselton's airport, which was the start of the airport's expansion.

When Mr Buswell found out that Busselton's Activ Foundation would have to close unless more work was create he began a campaign to keep it open.

“It’s been a tortuous route to get here and it’s a journey none of us needed to travel,” he told the Busselton-Dunsborough Mail after the campaign was successful and it was revealed that Activ would stay open.

June marked the start of Dunsborough's foreshore project which Mr Buswell helped get funding for and he ended 2011 on a high note as he picked up the emergency services portfolio.

Mr Castrilli, Mayor Furuya, Mayor Stubbs and Mr Buswell acknowledge the proclamation of Busselton as a city.

Mr Castrilli, Mayor Furuya, Mayor Stubbs and Mr Buswell acknowledge the proclamation of Busselton as a city.

Mr Buswell was the local member when Busselton made the change from the Shire of Busselton to the City of Busselton in January 2012.

Mr Buswell asked  the state government for $2 million to help fund the move and upgrade of Busselton's TAFE facility to a new location in Vasse, while he also helped kickstart planning for the new roundabout in Dunsborough.

A push for more police in Busselton was made by Mr Buswell in May 2012 while in September Mr Buswell was part of the turning of the sod for the new Busselton health campus which reached a budget of $118 million.

The state government also decided to inject more than $20 million into re-configuring Port Geographe in November 2012 and Mr Buswell told the Mail that while project would take time to do properly it would ensure that a commercial developer would be interested in taking over the area.

Vasse MLA Troy Buswell with his mother Margaret, niece Ella and sister Kellie in 2013 after he was elected back in to office.

Vasse MLA Troy Buswell with his mother Margaret, niece Ella and sister Kellie in 2013 after he was elected back in to office.

2013 marked the year of the state election with Mr Buswell expect to retain his seat of Vasse safely despite his controversial past. 

However, this didn't stop four candidates trying to collude an force him out of office. Mr Buswell hit back at those candidates in a statement to the Mail. 

“Some of those candidates may claim that the Vasse electorate has been ignored, but I think that is completely inconsistent with what everybody sees happening around the electorate," Mr Buswell said.

Mr Buswell and the Liberal Party said they would work towards upgrading the Busselton Airport, finish construction of CapeCare and enhance local training facilities.

Mr Buswell won the seat back with an increased majority for the Liberal Party at the State election in March.

Work finally began on re-configuring Port Geographe in July 2013.

A dual use pathway between Dunsborough and Busselton was finished with the help of Mr Buswell who was able to secure $750,000 worth of funding for the project.

In October Mr Buswell announced the new Busselton Health Campus was on time and on budget and was set to open late in 2014.

Troy Buswell pleaded guilty to 11 driving charges which took place as the drove home from a wedding reception in Kings Park.

Troy Buswell pleaded guilty to 11 driving charges which took place as the drove home from a wedding reception in Kings Park.

Vasse MLA Troy Buswell was charged with 11 traffic offences in which took place on February 23 after he attended a wedding reception in Kings Park. He drove home from the reception and on the way crashed in to several parked cars.

It was alleged that he failed to stop at the traffic crashes and failed to report them to the police.

Mr Buswell took immediate personal leave for health related reasons in March before the news of his late night crashes broke to media in March

Premier Colin Barnett said while he had known for two weeks that Mr Buswell had suffered a "breakdown" and was seeking treatment however he only found out about Mr Buswell crashing his ministerial car the night before taking leave.

In April 2014 Mr Buswell pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to stop, four counts of failing to report a crash and four counts of careless driving. 

Although as he was charged by summons, he was not required to attend court and he entered and endorsed guilty plea.

Police prosecutor Patrick Cavagin alleged that Mr Buswell, driving a Holden Caprice, first mounted the kerb at a roundabout on the corner of Barker Road and Olive Street in Subiaco, hitting a Telstra pole.

He then sideswiped a Holden Barina parked at Barker Street, before hitting a Suzuki Vitara, which was pushed into a silver Mitsubishi Sedan, at Olive Street, before sideswiping a blue Holden Commodore also in Olive Street.

Mr Buswell had his licence suspended for four months on each charge of failing to stop and was fined $200 for each count of careless driving and failing to report a crash, and $500 for each count of failing to stop.

In a media statement released following the hearing, Mr Buswell said he "offered no excuses for his actions".

Mr Buswell returned to Parliament in May where he reveals he suffers from bi-polar depression. He refuses to reveal whether he was driving drunk on the night when the crashes occured.

In September, 2014 Mr Buswell announced he was resigning from politics, effective immediately

Mr Buswell said public life and managing his mental illness was too hard to balance and that he had lost his passion for the job.

He said that continuing on without this desire would not be in the best interest of the government or the State Liberal Party.

Mr Buswell thanked his parliamentary colleagues, staff and family for their "unquestionable loyalty" after his announcement.

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