Graham Edwards (politician)

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The Honourable
Graham Edwards
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Cowan
In office
3 October 1998 – 17 October 2007
Preceded by Richard Evans
Succeeded by Luke Simpkins
Personal details
Born Graham John Edwards
(1946-07-18) 18 July 1946 (age 68)
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Soldier, veterans' officer
2000 Australian Paralympic team portrait of Edwards

Graham John Edwards AM (born 18 July 1946) is a former Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member representing the Division of Cowan in the Australian House of Representatives from 1998 to 2007.

He was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, and voluntarily joined the Australian Army for service in the Vietnam War in 1968. On 12 May 1970,[1] he was severely injured, losing both legs.[2] After leaving the Army he joined the Department of Defence as an officer with the Vietnam Veterans' Counselling Service. He was elected to the Council of the City of Stirling in 1981.[citation needed]

Edwards was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council in 1983. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet 1987, Minister for Sport and Recreation 1987-89, Minister for Consumer Affairs 1988-93, Minister for Racing and Gaming, Sport and Recreation and Youth 1989-90, Minister for Police and Emergency Services 1990-93, Minister for the Aged 1990-91. Following the defeat of the Labor government of Carmen Lawrence in 1993, he was Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and Shadow Minister for Tourism and Fisheries 1993-94. He retired from the Legislative Council in 1997.[citation needed]

Graham Edwards was first elected to the Australian parliament at the 1998 federal election. He retired from politics at the 2007 federal election.[3]

He competed in the 1993 Hanoi Marathon. At the time, he was 46 years old. At the time he was the Western Australia minister for police, emergency services and sport and recreation. [2]

At the 2000 Summer Paralympics, he served as an Athlete Liaison Officer (ALO).[4] In 2000, he was the chairman of the West Australian Paralympic Committee.[5]


On 1 January 2001, Edwards was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for "service as vice president of the APF from 1990 to 1993".[6] On 11 June 2012, he was named an Member of the Order of Australia for "service to the Parliaments of Australia and Western Australia, to veterans through advocacy and support roles, and to people with a disability."[7]

About 2012 He was elected the Western Australian State President of the Returned Servicmens League. See;


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Richard Evans
Member for Cowan
Succeeded by
Luke Simpkins