State Issues

Address in Reply 2020

MR J.E. McGRATH (South Perth) [4.45 pm]: As a prelude to my address today I would like to remind the house that this will be the last time that I make an address in reply to the Premier’s Statement. Who knows? I might miss it. This afternoon I want to take advantage of the opportunity to speak ab


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Speech on local crime State Parliament 11 February

MR J.E. McGRATH (South Perth) [5.27 pm]: I jumped the gun there, but I thought the member for Kalgoorlie said to me, “You’re next, John.” I am sure he will not mind. I rise to support this amendment moved by the member for Dawesville. I have been around for a fair while. I must admit that


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Retirement announced

On 31 October 2019 I announced that I would not be standing for the seat of South Perth at the State Election in March 2021. Liberal Party State Parliamentary Leader Liza Harvey made the official announcement to a media conference at Parliament House. Leader Liza Harvey invites me to the micr


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NAIDOC flag raising South Perth ceremony

AT THE NAIDOC week flag raising ceremony conducted by the City of South Perth. With me are Kerry-Ann Winmar, Angel Smith and Aarianne Webb. Kerry-Ann gave her second annual Welcome to Country at the ceremony; Angel, a promising basket ball player with local team Redbacks, is Aarianne'


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Sale of WA TAB becomes legislation after 9 years

On September 4, 2019, a Bill was passed allowing the State Government to sell the WA TAB. The proposed sale will benefit the WA racing industry which is to receive 35 per cent of the sale proceeds to go into a racing infrastructure fund. All codes will receive the same operating funds as would h


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The Spirit of Rugby Long Lunch – 1 June 2018

A great afternoon at Optus Stadium supporting the Nedlands Rugby Union Football Club and Western Force players Harry Scoble, Heath Tessman and Captain Ian Prior at the Spirit of Rugby Long Lunch. Glad to be joined by my colleagues Liza Harvey MLA, Hon Michael Mischin MLC and Bill Marmion MLA.


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A New Era for Sport-Loving Western Australians

On 19 June 2010, The West Australian published my opinion piece arguing that the Burswood peninsula is the place to build a stadium to replace Subiaco Oval. The Burswood site offered the chance to establish a precinct and avoid disruption to sport while it was being constructed.  In July 2011, then


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Making seniors housing more affordable

I discussed an important Policy for Seniors with local residents at the South Perth Senior Citizens Centre. A re-elected Liberal Government will make seniors housing more affordable by introducing a seniors stamp duty concession of up to $15,000 for new and established homes up to the value of $750,


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