Pollies bid for big­ger roles

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By GIOVANNI TORRE

LO­CAL politi­cians have tilted at big­ger stages but there are no plans to in­tro­duce more rules to gov­ern the prac­tice.

Re­cently, Vin­cent, Perth, Stir­ling and Bayswa­ter coun­cils have pro­duced sev­eral state par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and in some cases fea­tured former MPS.

Former City of Perth Deputy Lord Mayor Michael Suther­land held the state elec­torate of Mt Law­ley as a Lib­eral from 2008-17.

His former Perth coun­cil col­league and fel­low Lib­eral Eleni Evan­gel served the City from 2005-13, when she stunned La­bor’s John Hyde to take the seat of Perth, which she held for one term.

Mr Hyde was him­self a former Vin­cent Mayor and was re­placed by Nick Cata­nia, who had been the Bal­catta MLA from 1989-96.

To com­plete the cir­cle, John Carey who served as Vin­cent Mayor from 2013-17 took the Perth elec­torate from Ms Evan­gel at this year’s state poll.

Mr Carey’s pre­de­ces­sor as mayor was Alan­nah Mactier­nan, who was elected as an Up­per House La­bor MP in 1993 be­fore cross­ing to the Lower House with Ar­madale in 1996, where she re­mained un­til 2010.

She served as Vin­cent mayor from 2011-13 and was elected to Fed­eral Par­lia­ment in Perth.

She re­turned to her roots by win­ning a seat in the Up­per House in this year’s State Elec­tion and is once again a Min­is­ter in the WA Gov­ern­ment.

The long-serv­ing Bayswa­ter mayor, the late John D’orazio, missed out on be­com­ing La­bor’s Mem­ber for Bal­la­jura at the 1996 State Elec­tion by just 44 votes, then was suc­cess­ful on his next try in 2001.

Mr D’orazio was Bayswa­ter mayor for 17 years and held Bal­la­jura as a La­bor and then in­de­pen­dent MP from 2001-08.

David Michael, who was a Stir­ling coun­cil­lor for 12 years, was elected as the La­bor Mem­ber for Bal­catta in March.

There are no rules to pre­vent a mem­ber of a lo­cal coun­cil from re­main­ing in that po­si­tion while cam­paign­ing for higher of­fice.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man said a lo­cal gov­ern­ment elected mem­ber may re­main in of­fice while cam­paign­ing for State or Fed­eral par­lia­ment, pro­vided they com­ply with rel­e­vant gift dis­clo­sure pro­vi­sions.

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