Willagee MP promoted to WA shadow cabinet
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.
Model Ashlyn Cook is painted by Taniece Wallis and Chloe Parkes.