Peter Watson (politician)

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Peter Watson
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Albany
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 February 2001
Preceded by Kevin Prince
Personal details
Born Peter Bruce Watson
(1947-05-30) 30 May 1947 (age 67)
Reservoir, Victoria, Australia
Citizenship Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Postal worker
Website www.peterwatson.walabor.org.au

Peter Bruce Watson (born 30 May 1947 in Reservoir, Victoria) is an Australian politician. He has been an ALP member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since February 2001, representing the electorate of Albany.[1]

Arriving in Western Australia in 1961, Watson attended Perth Modern School and took up athletics. He excelled at the 1500m event and won the Australian title in 1968 and again in 1973.[2] He represented Australia at the 1968 Olympic Games,[3] and the 1974 Commonwealth Games.[4]

Employed at Australia Post, Watson held various positions including postal manager before entering politics. He was elected in February 2001, defeating the standing member Kevin Prince, and was re-elected in 2005,[5] 2008 and 2013. In the latter two elections, Watson accomplished the notable feat of achieving a swing to him in the face of swings against the ALP in the state as a whole.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Extract from the Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook". 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Australian Open Track & Field Championships". 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  3. ^ "WA's Olympic History 1912-2006". 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Australian Athletics - Historical results". 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  5. ^ "Electorate Results - Albany". ABC Elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  6. ^ "Electorate Results - Albany". ABC Elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Electorate Results - Albany". ABC Elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Kevin Prince
Member for Albany
2001–present
Incumbent