West Australian Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan has announced he is retiring from politics at the next election.
- Mr Logan was first elected to the seat of Cockburn in 2001
- He will have served 20 years at the next state election in 2021
- Mr Logan will remain in his Ministerial role until the election
The next state election will be held in March 2021.
Mr Logan was first elected to the seat of Cockburn in February 2001, and will have served 20 years when he leaves Parliament.
“Two terms as Minister, with a whole series of different portfolios I’ve done over the years, and eight and a half years in opposition,” he said.
“It’s been a long, and a very, very rewarding career.”
The seat of Cockburn, south of Perth, includes the suburbs of Beeliar, Cockburn Central, Coogee, Munster, South Lake, Spearwood, Success and Yangebup.
Mr Logan was first elected to the seat in 2001 with 68 per cent of the vote, succeeding William Ian Thomas.
He was successfully re-elected in 2005, 2008, 2013 and 2017.
At the last state election he received 66 per cent of the vote, out of 24,588 electors.
Minister hopes for young replacement
Mr Logan was born in the United Kingdom and moved to WA in October 1980.
He said it was time for young people to come through.
“Twenty years is a long time in Parliament, and it’s very appropriate that younger people come through and pick up the torch, and continue on,” he said.
Mr Logan said he was most proud of working on a range of projects which he said had helped the lives of West Australians.
He highlighted advocating for the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, funding fibre-optic cable to Aboriginal communities in central desert lands, and bringing Wandoo Prison back under State Government control as a rehabilitation facility.
“We’ve had 115 women who were addicted to methamphetamine go through that prison, and only one woman who re-offended again,” he said.
Premier pays tribute to ‘good friend’
Premier Mark McGowan congratulated Mr Logan on his career.
“I’ve always thought his story of achievement was remarkable, arriving here in 1980 from London and rising up to become a successful government minister,” he said.
“Fran has done it all, as a mechanic, to working in the mining industry and onto university.
“Fran’s unwavering commitment to working people was always on display through his time in the union movement and Parliament.
“He has delivered across his ministerial portfolios and as the local Member of Parliament for Cockburn — he can be very proud of his contribution to Western Australia.
Mr Logan will remain in his Ministerial role until the election.
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