Sabine Winton

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Sabine Winton

MLA
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
for Wanneroo
Assumed office
11 March 2017
Preceded by Paul Miles
Personal details
Born (1965-04-24) 24 April 1965 (age 56)
Ober-Ramstadt, West Germany
Political party Labor
OccupationPolitician, teacher
Website wanneroo.walabor.org.au

Sabine Elisabeth Winton (born 24 April 1965) is an Australian politician. She has been a Labor member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since the 2017 state election, representing Wanneroo.

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Prior to being elected in 2017, Winton was a teacher for 27 years and also served on the City of Wanneroo Council from 2013 to 2017. [1] Winton is a Wanneroo local who has lived in the area for more than 40 years. She is well known in the community as a local and active Member of Parliament who is not afraid to stand up to advocate for her constituents.

Early life and teaching career

Winton was born in Ober-Ramstadt in what was then West Germany. Like many Australians her family were migrants and in 1973 they moved with their three children from Dieburg to Fairy Meadow near Wollongong. In 1975, Winton's family travelled across the Nullarbor Plain to settle in Yanchep. Winton attended Yanchep Primary School and then Wanneroo Secondary College where she was President of the Student Council. She also played netball at Wanneroo District Netball Association. [2]

After graduating from Murdoch University with a primary teaching degree, she took the opportunity to work and live across the State, including in the goldfields town of Norseman, and Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley, and to the tropical isolation of Cocos Keeling Islands, before relocating back to Wanneroo to start a family. Those formative years as a teacher have served her well, and the time working with the Aboriginal community in Fitzroy Crossing and the Malay community on Cocos helped to shape Winton's world view. [3]

Winton's most recent teaching appointment was working in the field of gifted and talented education. Prior to the 2017 Election, for the past 12 years, she was a primary extension and challenge coordinator (PEAC) with the Department of Education. It was also a time when she achieved the status of level 3 classroom teacher. Winton enjoyed her time advocating for the special needs of our brightest students and her passion for education still continues. She regularly goes to the schools in her electorate to teach them about Civics and Citizenship.

Political career

Parliamentary appointments

Winton was appointed as an Acting Speaker of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly on 16 March 2017. [4]

She is also a member of the Education and Health Standing Committee. In August 2020, Winton established the WA Parliamentary Friends of Germany Group to foster friendly social and cultural ties between Western Australia and Germany and provide opportunities for Members of Parliament to establish and strengthen relationships with the German community in Western Australia. [5]

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References

  1. Green, Antony (2017). "Wanneroo". ABC Elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  2. "Sabine Winton MLA". wanneroo.walabor.org.au. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  3. "Sabine Winton MLA". wanneroo.walabor.org.au. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  4. Parliament of Western Australia. "Ms Sabine Elisabeth Winton MLA BA; BPS".
  5. "Parliamentary Friendship Groups".
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Paul Miles
Member for Wanneroo
2017–present
Incumbent