The reluctant contender

Does the former GP Kim Hames want to be Premier of WA or not?

Dr Kim Hames is a fit-looking 60-year-old who, as a Liberal MP, sits near the top of the political tree in Australia's boom state.

For the past five years the one-time GP has been holding the poisoned chalice portfolio as WA's Health Minister, answerable for every hospital blunder, dodgy doctor or delayed ambulance blighting the lives of the voters. He is also the