Mark McGowan shares a Christmas message with WA while sipping legendary Swan Draft brew

Mark McGowan delivered a pretty simple message to WA ahead of Christmas and even used an iconic WA brew to drive it home.

The premier took to Facebook on Friday afternoon, cutting a relaxed figure without a tie and suit jacket, and holding a can of beer.

“Enjoy the break, WA. And to the workers who keep our state running during the holiday season – thank you,” McGowan wrote.

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His favorite drink for the pre-Christmas mail – a can of swan juice.

Swan Draft – or Swanny D – was brewed in WA from 1857 to 2013 when production moved east.

But it returned to its roots in August, when parent company Lion revealed casks of Swan Draft lager were “proudly” brewing again in the west.

Mark McGowan with a can of Swan Draft. Credit: Facebook

McGowan’s huge fanbase took hold of the news.

“Thank you. I think we all need it, what a wild ride 2022 has been,” one person replied.

Another, referring to the Premier’s drink of choice, said: “Swanny D in a can. This is MY premier.”

While he may have plenty of fans, there’s plenty to think about going into 2023, including protracted wage negotiations for WA’s nurses and police officers, a spotlight on a juvenile correctional system and the potential for fresh attacks on the state’s share of GST revenue.

And on Thursday there was criticism after it was revealed WA taxpayers were on the hook over the $2 million bill after McGowan’s libel battle with mining magnate Clive Palmer, with opposition pointing to the cost of living for many Western Australians. Mark McGowan shares a Christmas message with WA while sipping legendary Swan Draft brew

James Brien

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