Pollies bid for bigger roles
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.