Pil­bara MP gives in­au­gu­ral speech

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The Pil­bara’s new Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Kevin Michel, gave his maiden speech at the 40th WA Par­lia­ment this month.

The La­bor mem­ber, who was prompted for nom­i­na­tion by En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son, spoke about his ex­pe­ri­ences lead­ing up to his elec­tion win.

“I was made aware by the La­bor Party that, in its view, I did not have a chance of win­ning,” he said. But, I am a fighter and I wanted to prove peo­ple wrong.

“I be­lieve in the peo­ple’s move­ment and we had a great peo­ple’s move­ment go­ing on in the Pil­bara.”

Mr Michel said his big­gest goal was to stop the Pil­bara from re­ly­ing on the min­ing, oil and gas sec­tors.

“I feel that, by and large, we have enough eco­nomic in­fra­struc­ture but we lack good health ser­vices and we have to pay in­flated air­fares to Perth,” he said.

“We need to . . . ex­pand in­dus­try into agri­cul­ture, tourism, aqua­cul­ture and re­new­able en­ergy.

“We need to make the North West re­gional area a place where we can en­cour­age peo­ple to come and live.

“I see wasted op­por­tu­nity in re­gional ar­eas such as the North West as we can­not get Aus­tralian pro­fes­sion­als such as doc­tors, sur­geons, ra­di­ol­o­gists and other skilled pro­fes­sion­als to come here.” Mr Michel, who had a hum­ble up­bring­ing in cen­tral In­dia be­fore mi­grat­ing to Aus­tralia at age 29, said he fell in love with WA’s “rugged beauty”.

He also made a promise to his re­gion.

“I promise I will strive to achieve the best for my re­gion and the great State of West­ern Aus­tralia,” he said.

“I also thank God and in­fant Je­sus for giv­ing me this op­por­tu­nity to serve the Pil­bara peo­ple.

“Thank you.”

I see wasted op­por­tu­nity in re­gional ar­eas such as the North West as we can­not get Aus­tralian pro­fes­sion­als such as doc­tors, sur­geons, ra­di­ol­o­gists . . . to come here. Kevin Michel

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