Wil­lagee MP pro­moted to WA shadow cab­i­net

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WA La­bor has an­nounced Mem­ber for Wil­lagee Peter Tin­ley as its new shadow min­is­ter for the Gold­fields-Esper­ance re­gion.

Mr Tin­ley was el­e­vated to the shadow cab­i­net ear­lier this week along­side Mem­ber for Fre­man­tle Si­mone McGurk to re­place the out­go­ing Ken Travers.

Elected to WA Par­lia­ment in Novem­ber 2009, Mr Tin­ley is a dec­o­rated for­mer SAS solider who had a distin­guished 25-year mil­i­tary ca­reer.

He was the lead tac­ti­cal plan­ner to the United States for Aus­tralia’s Spe­cial Forces com­mit­ment to Iraq and in 2003 served as deputy com­man­der of the Spe­cial Forces Task Group in Iraq.

Mr Tin­ley en­tered Par­lia­ment af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer premier Alan Car­pen­ter led to a by­elec­tion in Wil­lagee.

With Wil­lagee his­tor­i­cally a safe La­bor seat, he won with more than 60 per cent of the two-party pre­ferred vote.

In ad­di­tion to the Gold­field­sEsper­ance re­gion, Mr Tin­ley’s shadow port­fo­lios in­clude science, trade, Asian en­gage­ment, lands and the Gas­coyne re­gion.

Ms McGurk will take on the port­fo­lios of com­mu­nity ser­vices, chil­dren’s in­ter­ests and women’s in­ter­ests.

La­bor’s deputy leader Roger Cook and Mem­ber for South Metropoli­tan Sue Ellery will now hold stand-alone port­fo­lios with health and ed­u­ca­tion, re­spec­tively.

Pic­ture: Louise White

Model Ash­lyn Cook is painted by Taniece Wal­lis and Chloe Parkes.

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