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EDWARDS, the Hon. Graham JohnBiography for EDWARDS, the Hon. Graham John

Member for Cowan (WA) 1998-2007

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

State: elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council for the North Metropolitan Province from 22.5.1983; Elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council for North Metropolitan Region from 22.5.1989. Term ended 21.5.1997.

Federal: elected to the House of Representatives for Cowan, Western Australia, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007.

Ministerial Appointments

State: Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet (WA) 16.3.87 to 4.8.87.

Minister for Sport and Recreation (WA) from 16.3.87 to 28.2.89; and Minister for Consumer Affairs (WA) from 25.2.88 to 16.2.93.

Minister for Racing and Gaming; Sport and Recreation; and Youth (WA) from 28.2.89 to 19.2.90.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services (WA) from 19.2.90 to 16.2.93; and the Aged (WA) from 19.2.90 to 27.2.91.

Committee Service

State: Select Committees: Fruit and Vegetable Industry 1983-84; Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park 1994-95.

Chair, Working Party on Equal Opportunity Legislation for People with Disabilities 1986.

Federal: House of Representatives Standing: Family and Community Affairs from 8.12.98 to 19.8.03.

Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 8.12.98 to 11.2.02.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 20.3.02 to 17.10.07.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Kuwait, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, July-August 2002.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and China, November-December 2002.

Attended 13th Annual APPF and Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam, January 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, June-July 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, October 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland and Portugal, October 2006.

Parliamentary Party Positions

State: Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council (WA) from 17.2.93 to 30.11.93.

Shadow Minister for Tourism and Fisheries (WA) from 17.2.93 to 7.2.94.

Federal: Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence from 25.11.01 to 5.6.03 and from 2.7.03; and Veterans Affairs from 24.6.05 to 3.12.07.


Born 18.7.1946, Kalgoorlie, WA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Officer, Dept of Defence, Dept of Veterans' Affairs and Vietnam Veterans' Counselling Service.

Member, WA Legislative Council 1983-97.

Local Government Service

Councillor, Osborne Ward City of Stirling 1981-84.

Military Service

Pioneer Platoon, 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Vietnam 1968-71.


Description: outer metropolitan.

Location: north of Perth; it includes the centres of Banksia Grove, Girrawheen, Greenwood, Hocking, Kingsley, Koondoola, Landsdale, Mariginiup, Noranda, Pearsall, Sinagra, Wanneroo, Warwick and Woodvale.

Area: 195 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 85 393 (at 9.10.04).

Industries: retail and service industries with some light industry, market gardens and vineyards.

State electorates: Cowan includes the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorates of Ballajura, Kingsley and Wanneroo.