Time up af­ter ‘dream’ ca­reer

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Peter de Kruijff

AN early con­tender to re­place retiring Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices Min­is­ter Fran Lo­gan in the safe La­bor seat of Cock­burn has emerged.

The vet­eran MP is bring­ing the cur­tain down on a 20year ca­reer in Par­lia­ment which in­cluded Cab­i­net po­si­tions in the Car­pen­ter and McGowan gov­ern­ments cov­er­ing port­fo­lios such as en­ergy and emer­gency ser­vices.

Mr Lo­gan said it was hard for him to com­pre­hend what he had achieved in Aus­tralia af­ter a poor up­bring­ing in Eng­land.

“I came from a very, very poor back­ground,” he said.

“To be able to achieve as much as I have in Aus­tralia by go­ing to uni­ver­sity... then achiev­ing a ca­reer with the metal work­ers union (Aus­tralian Man­u­fac­tur­ing Work­ers’ Union). And then achiev­ing 20 years in Par­lia­ment and ris­ing to be­come a min­is­ter is be­yond not only

my wildest dreams, but also cer­tainly would have been way be­yond my fam­ily’s wildest dreams. I couldn’t have done what I’ve done in the UK, it just wouldn’t hap­pen. Those op­por­tu­ni­ties are just not af­forded to peo­ple like me. It’s only Aus­tralia, and par­tic­u­larly WA, that can of­fer those op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Em­ploy­ment lawyer David Scaife has emerged as an early con­tender to re­place Mr Lo­gan as La­bor’s can­di­date in the south­ern sub­urbs seat, which the party holds with a 15.5 per cent mar­gin.

He is the part­ner of WA La­bor’s as­sis­tant state sec­re­tary El­lie Whiteaker.

Mr Lo­gan came to WA in 1980 and worked with the AMWU from 1986 un­til his elec­tion in the safe La­bor seat of Cock­burn in 2001.

He said it had been a long and re­ward­ing ca­reer, where he had got to work on projects such as bring­ing the Aus­tralian Marine Com­plex to fruition.

Out­go­ing MP Fran Lo­gan.

David Scaife.

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