Madeleine King is a local product who loves her new role as your MP
Madeleine King often pinches herself to believe her good fortune in representing the place where she grew up and loves. Her mum Diana Morris owned and ran a drapery store on Railway Terrace in Rockingham. “It was called The Family Traders,” says Madeleine. “My nan, Peggy Pizer, worked in the shop too, and together mum and nan sold all sorts of haberdashery. I am always pleased to hear of people’s memories of their shop and from people who tell me regularly across the district of Brand that mum’s shop was the best in town.
“Like many, my dad left post-war Britain, and arrived on a boat in Fremantle in 1956. He was among the first employees in the newly-built BP oil refinery in Kwinana.”
Ms King says small businesses are the heart and soul of communities right around the country, contributing more than $40 billion to our economy.
She was promoted to the shadow ministry in the Shorten Opposition in June. One of her responsibilities is to assist in small business. She also assists in resources and has full responsibility for consumer affairs.
Her parents built a house on a sand dune in Shoalwater Bay and Calista-born Madeleine remembers enjoying making lifelong friends at the local schools she attended being Safety Bay Primary School; Rockingham Beach Primary and Safety Bay Senior High School.