La­bor can­di­date gone

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

THE WA La­bor Party is fac­ing fresh em­bar­rass­ment af­ter its can­di­date for the Dar­ling Range by-elec­tion Colleen Yates with­drew amid a furore over whether she fal­si­fied her ed­u­ca­tion records.

The move came just five days af­ter she was un­veiled by La­bor as a can­di­date.

The by-elec­tion was forced when former La­bor MP Barry Ur­ban was found to have lied about his ed­u­ca­tion and work ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ms Yates said she had an MBA from the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia on a LinkedIn pro­file she has since deleted.

It later emerged she had not com­pleted the course.

Fair­fax me­dia con­tacted an Amer­i­can univer­sity Ms Yates also said she stud­ied at and it claimed to have no record of her.

Ms Yates an­nounced her in­ten­tion to with­draw last Fri­day af­ter­noon in a state­ment, say­ing “the in­tense scru­tiny that comes with pol­i­tics just isn’t for me”.

“This has been an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time for my­self and my fam­ily,” she said. “I stepped down from my job as a chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer to run for Dar­ling Range.

“I was ready to throw my heart and soul into the cam­paign. I was in it, to win it. I knew run­ning in this by-elec­tion would bring an in­creased level of scru­tiny on the can­di­dates, but I wasn’t pre­pared for what came.

“How I por­trayed my­self on my LinkedIn ac­count is, in my opin­ion, sim­i­lar to how thou­sands of peo­ple would in­put their data on the on­line ser­vice.

“How­ever, th­ese mi­nor mis­takes will now haunt me for the rest of my life.”

Premier Mark Mc­Gowan said he re­spected Ms Yates’ de­ci­sion.

Mean­while the Greens have an­nounced dis­abil­ity ad­vo­cate and sup­port worker An­thony Pyle as its can­di­date for the June 23 by-elec­tion.

Mr Pyle con­tested the seat of Ar­madale at last year’s State Elec­tion but ul­ti­mately lost to La­bor MLA Tony Buti.

Mr Pyle said he was thrilled to have been pre­s­e­lected and promised he would fight for those who needed help.

“I grew up in so­cial hous­ing, re­ly­ing on the so­cial safety net to keep me and my fam­ily safe and se­cure, so I know what it’s like to go with­out,” he said.

Colleen Yates with Premier Mark Mc­Gowan.

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