John Quigley (politician)

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The Honourable
John Quigley
Attorney-General of Western Australia
Assumed office
17 March 2017 [1]
Premier Mark McGowan
Preceded by Michael Mischin
Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia
In office
1 May 2001 – 6 September 2008
Premier Geoff Gallop
Alan Carpenter
Preceded by Chris Baker
Succeeded by Wendy Duncan
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Butler
Assumed office
9 March 2013
Preceded by Constituency created
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Mindarie
In office
26 February 2005 – 9 March 2013
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Innaloo
In office
10 February 2001 – 26 February 2005
Preceded by George Strickland
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born John Robert Quigley
(1948-12-01) 1 December 1948 (age 68)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Labor

Mary Ellen
(m. 1983; div. 1994)

Michelle Stronach
(m. 2004)
Children 5
Residence Trigg, Western Australia, Australia
Education Aquinas College
Alma mater University of Western Australia (LLB; 1974)
Occupation Trade union lawyer
(Police Union of Western Australia)
Trade union representative[disambiguation needed]
(Australian Council of
Trade Unions
Profession Trade unionist

John Robert Quigley (born 1 December 1948) is an Australian barrister, solicitor and politician in Western Australia. A member of the ALP, he has served as a member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from the 2001 election until the present, initially as the Member for Innaloo (2001–2005) until that seat's abolishment in an electoral redistribution, then as the Member for Mindarie.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 1 December 1948 in Perth, Western Australia, and was educated at Aquinas College, Perth.[2] He was the lawyer for the Western Australian Police Union for 20 years before entering state parliament in 2001. He became an honorary life member of the union in 2000.[2]


In 2007, his life membership of the Western Australian Police Union was withdrawn after his parliamentary attack on police involved with the Andrew Mallard case, where he named a former undercover policeman.[2] He is planning to melt down his life membership badge, and have it made into a tiepin with the words "Veritas Vincit" (Truth conquers) the motto of the school he attended, and present it to Andrew Mallard.[2]

In 2008, Quigley was cleared by the Corruption and Crime Commission in relation to dealings with lobbyist Brian Burke. Burke approached Quigley in order to launch a parliamentary enquiry that would favour one of Burke's associates.[3]

In 2011, he was accused of bringing the legal profession into disrepute, a charge stemming from his campaign to expose the wrongful jailing of Andrew Mallard for murder.[4] In November 2011 Quigley was fined $3000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for professional misconduct.[5]


Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
George Strickland
Member for Innaloo
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Mindarie
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Butler