Time up after ‘dream’ career
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.