|Member of the Western Australian Parliament |
for West Swan
6 September 2008
|Preceded by||New Seat|
|Born||26 May 1972|
Perth, Western Australia
|Political party||Labor Party|
|Alma mater||Curtin University|
|Committees||Public Accounts committee member (2009–13)|
|Portfolio||Minister for Transport; Planning; and Lands|
Rita Saffioti (born 26 May 1972) is an Australian politician and economist, currently representing the seat of West Swan in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. On 17 March 2017, she was appointed to her current role as Minister for Transport, and Planning. She previously held the role of Minister for Lands between 17 March 2017 and 13 December 2018.
Saffioti grew up on her family's orchard in Roleystone, south-east of Perth. There she attended the local schools and went on to become dux of Kelmscott Senior High School. In 1992, she successfully completed her Bachelor of Business degree at Curtin University, majoring in Economics. She is married and has three children.
Saffioti has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1996.Before being elected to parliament, she was a senior advisor and chief of staff to premiers Geoff Gallop and Alan Carpenter.
Saffioti became the inaugural member for West Swan at the WA state election in September 2008,and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017.
In April 2013, Saffioti was made shadow minister for planning, finance, government accountability and women's interests. In June 2015 she became shadow minister for transport, planning, infrastructure and finance. With the election of the McGowan Labor government in March 2017, she was appointed Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands. In December 2018 Lands became the responsibility of Treasurer Ben Wyatt.
As Transport Minister, Saffioti has overseen the rollout of Metronet, a large scale, long term rail infrastructure project.
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|Western Australian Legislative Assembly|
| Member for West Swan |
| Minister for Transport |
| Minister for Planning |
| Minister for Lands |