Janine Freeman MLALabor Member for Mirrabooka

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ERIC RIPPER pays tribute to Carol Martin, Australia's first Indigenous Member of Parliament

Wednesday 28 Sep 2011


Mrs Martin today announced she would not be standing for re-election in the March 2013 State election and planned to spend more time with her family.


Mr Ripper said Mrs Martin was the first Indigenous woman elected to any Parliament in Australia and she had been an outstanding advocate for all people in the Kimberley region.


“Carol has made a valuable contribution to the people of Western Australia and has worked towards building better facilities and services in the fast-growing Kimberley region,” Mr Ripper said.


“Carol has been a passionate advocate for bettering the lives of people in the Kimberley.”


Mr Ripper said as the member for Kimberley, Mrs Martin was involved in a number of projects including:


·         Securing more than $100 million for the replacement or upgrades to every hospital in the Kimberley;

·         Spending $50 million on education throughout the Kimberley and building and upgrading schools;

·         Upgrading critical infrastructure in the Kimberley region including roads and power supplies;

·         Building multi-function police facilities at Balgo, Bidyadanga, Dampier Peninsular, Kalumburu and Warmun; and

·         Continuing work on the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and associated native title issues.

Mr Ripper said Mrs Martin would continue to strongly represent the interests of the Kimberley electorate until stepping down from her role in March 2013.


“On a personal note I have valued Carol’s support and advice on matters affecting her community and more broadly across the state,” he said.


“On behalf of the Labor Party of Western Australia I wish Carol and her family the best for the future and thank her for her outstanding contribution to State Parliament and the community.”