Brendon Grylls

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The Honourable
Brendon Grylls
MLA
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
for Pilbara
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 March 2013
Preceded by Tom Stephens
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
for Central Wheatbelt
In office
2008 – 6 February 2013
Preceded by New electorate
Succeeded by Mia Davies
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
for Merredin
In office
2001–2008
Preceded by Hendy Cowan
Succeeded by Electorate abolished
Personal details
Born (1973-06-05) 5 June 1973 (age 41)
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party National Party of Western Australia
Spouse(s) Susan
Education Wesley College, Perth
Profession Farmer
Website Brendon Grylls MySpace

Brendon John Grylls (born 5 June 1973) is an Australian politician. He has been a National Party of Western Australia member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since 2001, representing the electorates of Merredin (2001-2008), Central Wheatbelt (2008-2013), and Pilbara (2013-present). He was the leader of the National Party from 2005 to 2013, and was Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Lands in the Barnett Ministry from 2008 until his resignation in November 2013.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Brendon Grylls was born on 5 June 1973 in Perth, Western Australia. He was educated at Wesley College, Perth.

Career[edit]

His political career began in November 2001 when he contested and won a by-election caused by the retirement of the member for Merredin, former Nationals leader Hendy Cowan. Following a redistribution in 2008, Merredin was largely incorporated into the new Central Wheatbelt Electoral district.

Grylls served as the Shadow Minister for Environment and the Wheatbelt in the Liberal-National Coalition prior to the 2005 election. In June 2005 he successfully challenged then leader Max Trenorden to become the new leader of the Parliamentary National Party of Australia (WA).

He vacated the Electoral district of Central Wheatbelt at the 2013 state election, and contested the Electoral district of Pilbara against Kelly Howlett of the Australian Labor Party, who had replaced the retiring sitting member Tom Stephens.[3] Grylls easily won with seat with 61.5% of the two party preferred vote.[4]

On 17 November 2013, he announced he would be resigning as leader of the WA Nationals, and from the Barnett cabinet.[5]

Platform[edit]

After becoming party leader, Grylls pushed for an independent National Party and refused to enter into a coalition with either of the major parties before the 2008 state election.

During vote counting on election night, when it was apparent that the party was likely to hold a balance of power, possibly in both houses, Grylls reiterated his stance of requiring that the Government deliver 25 per cent of mining and petroleum royalties for reinvestment in regional projects, as outlined in the Royalties for Regions policy. He also said that he would have no problem forming a coalition with the Australian Labor Party if it promised to deliver under the policy.[6]

After the Liberal-National Coalition came to power, he implemented the Royalties for Regions scheme, which sees the equivalent of 25 per cent of the State's mining and petroleum royalty revenue (capped at $1 billion per annum) invested into Western Australia's regional infrastructure, services and projects.[7]

References[edit]

Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Hendy Cowan
Member for Central Wheatbelt
2001–2013
Succeeded by
Mia Davies
Preceded by
Tom Stephens
Member for Pilbara
2013–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Max Trenorden
Leader of the National Party of Western Australia
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Terry Redman