Simon O'Brien (politician)

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Simon O'Brien

MLC
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
Assumed office
22 May 1997
Constituency South Metropolitan
Personal details
Born (1960-05-16) 16 May 1960 (age 59)
Subiaco, Western Australia
Political party Liberal

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O'Brien was born in Perth, to Dulcie Niola (née Shooter) and Everard McDonnell O'Brien. His father, who died when his son was eleven, was a Labor Party member of parliament in the 1950s. [1] O'Brien attended St. Louis School, John XXIII College, and John Curtin Senior High School. After leaving school, he twice began officer training with the Australian Army, but had to withdraw because of injury. He worked for a period as an orderly at Fremantle Hospital, and then as a customs officer. [2] O'Brien first attempted to enter parliament at the 1989 state election, when he unsuccessfully contested the Legislative Assembly seat of Cockburn (losing to Labor's Bill Thomas). [3]

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At the 1996 state election, O'Brien was elected to the Legislative Council, having replaced the retiring Clive Griffiths on the Liberal ticket. His term commenced in May 1997, and he has since been re-elected at the 2001, 2005, 2008, and 2013 elections. O'Brien was promoted to the Liberal shadow ministry following the party's defeat at the 2001 election, after which Colin Barnett succeeded Richard Court as party leader. He remained in the shadow ministry under three more leaders, Matt Birney, Paul Omodei, and Troy Buswell, and when Barnett returned as leader in 2008. After the Liberals' victory at the 2008 election, he became Minister for Transport and Minister for Disability Services in the new Barnett ministry. The ministry was reshuffled in 2010, after which O'Brien was instead appointed Minister for Finance, Minister for Commerce, and Minister for Small Business. He was not retained in the ministry after the 2013 election, but was instead made deputy chairman of committees in the Legislative Council (a position which he had earlier held from 2001 to 2008). [2] Following the May 2017 state election, O'Brien was appointed Deputy President of the Legislative Council. [4]

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References

  1. Everard McDonnell O'Brien – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  2. 1 2 Simon McDonnell O'Brien – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  3. Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN   0730984095.
  4. "The Deputy President". Parliament of Western Australia. 1 June 2017.
Parliament of Western Australia
Political offices
New creation Minister for Transport
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Troy Buswell
Preceded by
Sheila McHale
Minister for Disability Services
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Helen Morton
New creation Minister for Finance
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Mike Nahan
Preceded by
Bill Marmion
Minister for Commerce
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Michael Mischin
New creation Minister for Small Business
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Liza Harvey