Jags Krishnan

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Jags Krishnan

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Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
for Riverton
Assumed office
13 March 2021
Preceded by Mike Nahan
Personal details
Born Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu, India
Political party Labor
Children2
Profession General practitioner
Website riverton.walabor.org.au
Nickname(s)Dr Jags

Jagadish "Jags" Krishnan is an Indian-born Australian politician and general practitioner. He was elected as a Labor member for Riverton in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly at the 2021 state election.

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Before politics

Krishnan was born and grew up in Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu, India. He previously lived in the United Kingdom before moving to Perth in 2006. He worked as a general practitioner for four years in Byford before starting a company of his own, Perth GP. [1] His company now has over 20 clinics across Perth. [2]

Politics

2021 election campaign

Krishnan was the Labor party's candidate for the electoral district of Riverton for the 2021 Western Australian state election. Riverton had been held by Mike Nahan from the Liberal party since 2008, but he retired at the 2021 election. Krishnan's main opponent was Anthony Spagnolo. [3] The seat was declared a seat to watch at the election by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and The West Australian. [4] [5]

Krishnan was criticised during the campaign for handing out a pamphlet claiming that he was a local to the electorate of Riverton, despite living in Mosman Park. He promised to move into the electorate if he won the election. Krishnan was also criticised for how-to-vote cards in the electorate preferencing the No Mandatory Vaccination Party ahead of the Liberal party. Krishnan responded by saying that the preferences on how-to-vote cards are decided by the Labor party and not him personally. [6] [7]

On 13 March 2021, Krishnan won the seat of Riverton with a 13.3% swing towards him. [3]

Personal life

Krishnan is married and has two children. He is known by the nickname "Dr Jags" within the local community, and used it on election campaign material. He has interests in cricket and soccer. Krishnan is a member of the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club and also coaches a junior soccer team. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 "Dr Jagadish Krishnan". Health Engine. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  2. "Our Team". Spectrum Health. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  3. 1 2 "Riverton". ABC News. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  4. Kagi, Jacob. "WA election: Dawesville, Hillarys, Darling Range and Scarborough among seats to watch". ABC News. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  5. Law, Peter; Zimmerman, Josh. "WA Election 2021: The seats to watch this March". The West Australian. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  6. Henry, Renae. "Labor's Riverton candidate under fire for falsely claiming to live in electorate". WAtoday. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  7. Elto, Charlotte. "State Election 2021: Kirkup slams Labor's Riverton candidate Jagadish Krishnan for preferencing anti-vaxxers". The West Australian. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Mike Nahan
Member for Riverton
2021–present
Incumbent